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NAACP Panel Discussion – Environmental Racism: How Does It Affect Us?
Join the Windham-Willimantic NAACP Environmental Justice Committee and engage with a panel on “Environmental Racism: How Does It Affect Us?”. This event will feature remarks from the following activists experienced in the struggle for environmental justice, with the opportunity for questions by audience members:

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Flint, MI, pediatrician and public health scientist, has graciously agreed to speak at this panel. Dr. Hanna-Attisha exposed the Flint water crisis that brought nationwide attention and remedial measures to the lead poisoning of Flint's children, documented in her highly acclaimed book, "What The Eyes Don't See."

Sharon Lewis, Executive Director of the Conn. Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ) which was instrumental in the closing of Connecticut's last coal-fired power plant in Bridgeport, after a ten-year battle. Ms. Lewis describes the mission of CCEJ is "to create systemic change within the institutions that have kept people of color and low-income people sick and poor by abolishing the policies, rules and laws that adversely affect the environments where people live, work, play and go to school." She brings invaluable success in Connecticut's environmental justice efforts to our panel.

Martha Klein, RN, MPH, is a seven-year volunteer for Sierra Club Conn., focusing on climate disruption intervention and on stopping state-sponsored subsidized expansion of fracked gas here in Conn. Martha has worked with local Windham County opponents of the NTE Killingly fracked gas power plant, helping to delay and hoping to prevent its construction. As a public health RN, she works in underserved communities, advocating for medicare for all and open space protection. Martha also chairs the Norfolk Conservation Commission.

We are honored and delighted to present this top-level panel of activists to our membership and statewide to allies and others interested in learning more about the effects of environmental racism on us all.

Jan 23, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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