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Please come and support Metro Justice, as we put together our October mailing to prospective members. There will be two shifts for this mailing; a morning shift (9:00 am - Noon) and an evening shift (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm). Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. If you'd like to bring a dish to share while we work, please feel free.
Don't feel obligated to stay the whole time. If you can only stay for an hour, don't worry. Your help will still be greatly appreciated!
It is said that climate change disproportionately affects the poor and people of color - those in front line communities. How? It is said that climate change is an issue of human rights and environmental justice. If we care about climate change, why should we also care about issues of inequality? If we care about issues of inequality, why should we also care about climate change?
In a nation steeped in generations of racial injustice and in our city that leads the nation in segregation, can people of different races and classes come together to work effectively on climate change AND on problems of race and class? What would an effective "environmental justice" movement look like in Rochester?
Please join us for an informal conversation with three local panelists, all active in the local climate and/or social, racial, and economic justice movements.
Audience questions will be taken and light refreshments will be served. More information about the panelists can be found below. Moderated by Amorette Shaw, Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation.
This event is sponsored by the Rochester People's Climate Coalition and Metro Justice.
Sue Hughes-Smith, Rochester People's Climate Coalition
Susan Hughes-Smith is a teacher and climate activist. With a BA in Geology, and two Masters degrees in Education and Environmental Conservation, Sue has taught environmental courses for nearly twenty years. Sue is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health at SUNY Brockport and an Adjunct Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. As a climate activist, Sue is involved with the Rochester People's Climate Coalition, Mothers Out Front and Citizen's Climate Lobby.
Larry Knox, Council-member, Metro Justice
Larry Knox is currently a Political and Communications coordinator for 1199SEIU. He was also the Regional Campaign coordinator for the Barack Obama campaign in 2008 and the WNY staffer for Organizing for America after the election. Married with four daughters, he got his start in politics while volunteering in high school for his State Senator. He has served on the Metro Justice Council since 2014.
Rebecca Newberry, Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
Rebecca Newberry is the Executive Director of Clean Air. Rebecca joined the staff in 2011 as an organizer and has worked on campaigns resulting in a 86% reduction of the carcinogen benzene,in the air in Tonawanda, and the transition of the Huntley Coal site. Before her time at Clean Air, Rebecca served as an organizer with the Rochester Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, (AFL-CIO). Rebecca grew up in Colden, New York, and lives in Buffalo.
THE FAIR IS 2 DAYS--Friday Night and Saturday Morning!
Metro Justice’s values are integral to our annual Alternative Fair. You can enjoy FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOPPING with a conscience at Metro Justice’s 35th annual Alternative Fair, featuring thousands of unique fair trade, earth friendly, and locally produced goods that support a strong local economy and a just and sustainable world.
This is holiday shopping at prices the whole family can afford, and for many families, it’s their #1 shopping destination each year. Sale items include pottery, textiles, jewelry, fine art, toys & games, ornaments, and much more — all fair trade imports or hand crafted by local artists.
There is a suggested donation of $3 for all those over age 12, and free child care is available for young children and babies. Bring the whole family for several hours, and enjoy the festive atmosphere as you shop with a conscience. Chances are you’ll see many friends, too!