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Panel Discussion – Environmental Racism:  How Does It Affect Us?

January 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Environmental Justice from sierraclub.org

SAVE THE DATE – January 23, 2021 @ 1:00PM!

Join the Windham-Willimantic NAACP Environmental Justice Committee as we listen and engage with an expert panel on “Environmental Racism:  How Does It Affect Us?”. We are honored and delighted to present such a preeminent panel to our community which includes Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Sharon Lewis, and Martha Klein. (Bios below.) This virtual event will feature remarks from activists experienced in the struggle for environmental justice, with an opportunity for questions by audience members.

Please join us for our branch’s first Environmental Justice presentation by registering for the event.


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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha,
 Flint, MI, pediatrician and public health scientist; exposed the Flint water crisis that brought nationwide attention and remedial measures to the lead poisoning of Flint’s children as documented in her highly acclaimed book, “What The Eyes Don’t See.”
Sharon Lewis, Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ); 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 as “creating 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 knowledge about Connecticut’s environmental justice efforts.

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 Connecticut. 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.

Audience questions for the panelists will be solicited as time permits.


January 23, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Windham/Willimantic NAACP (#2016b)
Environmental Justice Committee