In Whose Backyard? Organizing Against Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5:30 at Dalhousie’s McInnis Room, we will bring together community leaders, community-based agencies, youth, policymakers, academics and media to discuss and strategize against environmental racism. The event will begin with a traditional opening to honour the unceeded Mi’kmaw territory the event will be hosted on.

After a film screening of “In Whose Backyard?”, keynote speakers Suzanne Patles (Elsipogtog) and James Desmond (Lincolnville) will give an overview of their experiences organizing against environmental racism.

Breakout groups hosted by local experts in law, policy, health, education, media, and community organizing will discuss next steps and strategies for supporting community members in their efforts to have toxic industries and other environmental hazards in racially marginalized communities removed, cleaned up or re-located. The event will also include performances by spoken word artist and Halifax Poet Laureate El Jones and the Ujoma Cultural Diversity Drummers.

Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: McInnes Rm, 2nd floor of Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue

Cost: Free!

Food: Provided by the Loaded Ladle (also free!)

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