Social Justice Series Inaugural Speaker
Lois Gibbs: "Citizen Activism: The Growth of Powerful Movements"
Monday, September 24
5:00 Salisbury Labs 115 (Kinnicutt Hall)
The year 2018 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Love Canal crisis, when more than 900 working-class families were relocated away from a leaking toxic waste dump and the nation awoke to the hazards of toxic chemicals in our environment. This grassroots effort demonstrated how ordinary citizens obtained power through community organizing and succeeded against great odds.
The events at Love Canal sparked a new social justice movement. While traditional environmentalism has focused on protecting the natural environment using legislative and regulatory strategies, the grassroots leadership of this new movement focuses on protecting public health through building power at the local and state levels to influence federal policies. Many members of this movement believe their neighborhoods were deliberately targeted because of their economic and political weakness. As a result, this is a movement that is as much about justice and human rights as it is about public health and the environment.
Sponsored by the Deans of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Interdisciplinary & Global Studies; the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Humanities & Arts, Social Science & Policy Studies; the Global Lab, and the Kern Foundation grant.
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