Race, Class, and the Climate Crisis

10940558_10152685241831849_3138591717867974795_n.jpgIt 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.


IMG_20160707_123026712.jpgSue 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.jpgLarry 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.

rebeccanewberry.jpgRebecca 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.

October 27, 2016 at 7pm - 10pm
Rochester Regional Joint Board
750 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
United States
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Colin O'Malley · · 716-400-6287
Hasana Martin Paul Flansburg Frederick Douglass Jo Cummings Ravi Mangla Judith Sternberg Barbara Grosh Colin O'Malley Erik Bardo candace rubin Matthew DeMarree Aly Khan

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Eric Howard
Dina Giovanelli
Abigail McHugh-Grifa
Rebecca Newberry
Linda Isaacson Fedele
Kristen Kadar French
Crescenzo Scipione
Elizabeth Marie
Farida El Hefni
Maggie Rex
Andie Burkey
Vicki Robertson
Alyssa Radwick
Madeline Hazel Blackburn
Eleni Gorla
Sandra Frankel
Talia Gonzales
Frank Regan
Hasana Martin
Paul Flansburg
Frederick Douglass
Jo Cummings
Ravi Mangla
Judith Sternberg
Barbara Grosh
Colin O'Malley
Erik Bardo
candace rubin
Matthew DeMarree
Aly Khan

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