Saturday, October 1, 2016

Confronting Race, Class, and Gender in the fight for Environmental Justice

The Nature of Injustice
Confronting Race, Class, and Gender in the fight for
Environmental Justice

October 27th 2016
Georgetown Law Student Center, Gewirz 12
120 F St, NW, Washington DC, 20001


What is the relationship between human health and zoning policy? 
Of lead contaminated water and incarceration rates?
Of air quality and race? 

The Nature of Injustice: Confronting Race, Class, and Gender in the Fight for Environmental Justice will feature a full day program on the effects of discriminatory policies on human health as well as the interventions to remedy them. After each panel, attendees are invited to participate in facilitated discussions to consider innovative ways to combat environmental injustice. 

Environmental justice presents critical issues of human health that impact communities of color, immigrant communities, and low income communities at a disproportionate rate. We continue to see this negative cycle play out across the nation from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Scheduled for October 27th, the "Nature of Injustice" will be co-hosted by the Environmental Law Society, Black Law Students Association, and the National Lawyers Guild. Together, our student groups are committed to bringing a diverse, engaging program to the Law Center by facilitating a multidisciplinary dialogue that includes academics, litigators, policy makers, and activists.

This symposium will serve as a place to connect different perspectives and to examine the systemic issues that link environmental burdens to discriminatory development patterns & disproportionate health impacts. 

The program will also be made available to universities and community organizations nation wide by live-steaming. Contact for more information.

In Partnership by:
The Environmental Law Society
The Black Law Students Association
The National Lawyers Guild
Georgetown’s Environmental Law and Policy Program
The Georgetown Climate Center


8:30-9:00 am Check in

9:00-10:00 am What is Environmental Justice?
9:00-9:30 The Historic Arch of the EJ movement 
9:30-10:00 International Parallels & Future Challenges of EJ 

10:30-12:00 pm Panel 1: The Fight for Environmental Justice in Practice 
In Communities, Policies, Prisons, and the Law

12:30-1:30 pm Keynote Address- Leslie Fields 

1:30-3:00 pm Panel 2: Urban Design
The challenge of Gentrification and Sustainable Community Development 

3:30-5:00 pm On the Frontlines of Climate Change
Mass displacement, Security, and Exposure 

5:00-7:00 pm Professional Fair & Reception


We are thrilled to announce our distinguished speakers: 

Patrice Simms Howard Law, Edith Brown-Weiss Georgetown Law, Bret Grote Abolitionist Law Center, Marianne Engleman Lado EarthJustice, Chandra Taylor Southern Environmental Law Center, Mustafa Santiago Ali U.S. EPA, Denise Fairchild Emerald Cities Collaborative, Vernice Miller-Travis, Adrienne Hollis WeAct for Environmental Justice, Damien Jones with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of the Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Program, Student Bar Association, Georgetown Environmental Law Review, and PLAID 

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