The Coalition Against Environmental Racism, Beyond Toxics, and Centro Latino Americano are pleased to announce the Environmental Justice and Bus Tour event. This event is two parts, described below.
The first event will be an Environmental Justice Panel held on April 12th, 2012 at 7 pm in the Jacqua Center Auditorium. It will consist of three panelists: Caleen Sisk (the tribal leader of the Winnemen Wintu), Luis Olmedo (a community EJ activist from San Diego), and Ben Duncan (Chair of the Governor’s Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force). The panel will give three very different and intriguing perspectives on pollution in vulnerable communities. This event is free and open to the public.
The second event is the Environmental Justice “Toxic” Bus Tour itself – students will get to experience Environmental Justice activism first hand! Participants will be touring the toxic sites in West Eugene. This event will include students, community members, and city officials. Participants will have the opportunity to see the sites, converse with community members from the area and city officials, and will have the opportunity to attend a community forum where impacted West Eugene residents with talk with city officials how about steps to mitigate the pollution in their community. This will give students an opportunity to see these issues in their community and witness a community bringing about profound political change. Lunch is provided by a local caterer. This event is by registration only. Community members can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and students can register through thisform. Space is limited (50 spots for each group) so register quickly! The cut-off date is April 6th, 2012 at 5 pm.
This Event is Generously Supported by the Student Sustainability Fund, Yamada Language Center, and the Center for the Study of Women and Society.