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Collective Communities: Actions on Environmental Crises

A virtual event series
No Pipelines in the Great Lakes by Dylan A. T. Miner, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, 2020.

Join Earthjustice and Weinberg/Newton Gallery for a virtual event series and exhibition! Weinberg/Newton Gallery is a Chicago-based non-commercial gallery dedicated to promoting the work of social justice causes. For the first time ever, Earthjustice collaborated with the gallery on the virtual event series and exhibition, Collective Communities: Actions on Environmental Crises.

Our four-part virtual event series featured Earthjustice attorneys, along with Midwest public interest partners and community leaders, in conversation about their collaboration in the fight for social and environmental justice for frontline communities.

The virtual exhibition explored ecologies in crisis and the impact of artist collectives on the environmental justice movement. It featured new work by Deep Time Chicago artist collective and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, among others, and ran from February 3 through March 27, 2021. View the virtual exhibition.

Events
Collective Communities
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
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Honoring the Earth: Preserving and Protecting Water and a Way of Life
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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Flooded and Forgotten: The Fight for Housing and Environmental Justice in Centreville, IL
Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Conversations from the Frontlines: Transitioning to a Regenerative Economy
Thursday, March 25, 2021
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If you have any questions, please contact events@earthjustice.org.

Join Earthjustice and Weinberg/Newton Gallery for a virtual event series and exhibition! Weinberg/Newton Gallery is a Chicago-based non-commercial gallery dedicated to promoting the work of social justice causes. For the first time ever, Earthjustice collaborated with the gallery on the virtual event series and exhibition, Collective Communities: Actions on Environmental Crises.

Our four-part virtual event series featured Earthjustice attorneys, along with Midwest public interest partners and community leaders, in conversation about their collaboration in the fight for social and environmental justice for frontline communities.

The virtual exhibition explored ecologies in crisis and the impact of artist collectives on the environmental justice movement. It featured new work by Deep Time Chicago artist collective and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, among others, and ran from February 3 through March 27, 2021. View the virtual exhibition.

If you have any questions, please contact events@earthjustice.org.

Collective Communities

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Hear from Earthjustice leadership about our work alongside impacted communities and tribes to fight for social and environmental justice. David Weinberg will introduce the exhibit and preview the upcoming programs in this event series.

Featuring:
  • David Weinberg, Weinberg Newton Gallery
  • Sam Sankar, Senior VP, Earthjustice
  • Patrice Simms, VP, Healthy Communities, Earthjustice
  • Debbie Chizewer, Managing Attorney, Midwest Office, Earthjustice
  • Thom Cmar, Deputy Managing Attorney, Coal Program, Earthjustice

Honoring the Earth: Preserving and Protecting Water and a Way of Life

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mining and oil pipeline proposals across the Midwest pose grave threats to places of deep cultural, economic, and spiritual significance to regional Tribal Nations. Leaders from the Menominee Tribe and Bay Mills Indian Community will share stories of their historic connection and continued reliance on the area, as well as the strategies that they are using to protect their communities and combat environmental harm.

Featuring:

  • David Grignon, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Dr. David Overstreet, Consulting Archaeologist to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Whitney Gravelle, Tribal Attorney, Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Kayla Perron, Cultural Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club for Bay Mills Indian Community
  • Gussie Lord, Managing Attorney, Tribal Partnerships, Earthjustice

Flooded and Forgotten: The Fight for Housing and Environmental Justice in Centreville, IL

Thursday, March 18, 2021

In Centreville, Illinois, the poorest city in the state, Black community members are facing disproportionate exposure to environmental harms perpetuated by government failure to invest in and maintain basic infrastructure. Join community advocates to learn how a newly formed group — Centreville Citizens for Change — is fighting for housing and environmental justice.

Featuring:

  • Walter Byrd, Co-President, Centreville Citizens for Change
  • Earlie Fuse, Centreville Resident
  • Nicole Nelson, Executive Director, Equity Legal Services
  • Kalila Jackson, Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Council

Conversations from the Frontlines: Transitioning to a Regenerative Economy

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Climate solutions must address the legacy of pollution and promote racial and economic justice. In Michigan City, Just Transition NWI and the LaPorte County Chapter of the NAACP are fighting against coal plants and advocating for a sustainable economy that promotes the health of the community. Hear from community leaders about ongoing efforts for the closure and cleanup of five coal ash ponds at the Michigan City Generating Station.

Featuring:

  • Ashley Williams, Co-Founder, Just Transition NWI
  • La’Tonya Troutman, Environmental Climate Justice Chair, NAACP 3061; Co-Founder, Just Transition NWI; CEO, PRfect PR
  • Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Earthjustice