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Two Oregon grassroots environmental and racial justice organizations, Beyond Toxics and the NAACP Eugene-Springfield, are planning the first Oregon Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Taking place April 17th -18th, 2020. Leaders and representatives from frontline communities will join with scholars, students, policymakers, institutions, and NGOs to hold critical conversations around Oregon’s leadership on policies and investments capable of addressing environmental justice concerns across our state. The summit will host renowned national and state speakers, and create space for interactive discussions, workshops and organizational meetings with the goal of creating a collaborative network and policy guidelines dedicated to Environmental Justice in the state of Oregon.

Framing the Oregon Environmental Justice Pathways Summit – 2020:
What are unique and location-relevant solutions for distinct Oregon communities emerging from those striving for Environmental Justice that can reshape the political-economic structure behind injustices in Oregon? How and at what scale should we confront challenges specific to:

○ Just Transition and Resilient Communities
○ Tribal Water Justice
○ Climate Change
○ Right to Clean Air and a Healthy Workplace
○ Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Science and Data when crafting policy

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Where: University of Oregon, Gerlinger and Straub Halls.

When: April 17th-18th, 2020

Who: Frontline Communities, Oregon Tribes, Decision Makers, Students, Scholars.

SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE

A renowned thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali wears many hats, he is the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate & Community Revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and also the Founder & CEO of Revitalization Strategies. Before joining the NWF Mustafa was the Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

As HHC Senior Vice President, he led the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Prior to joining the Hip Hop Caucus, Mustafa worked 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He began working on Social Justice issues at the age of 16 and joined the EPA as a student, becoming a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization and Assistant Associate Administrator working to elevate environmental justice issues and strengthening environmental justice policies, programs, and initiatives. Mustafa worked for EPA Administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Scott Pruitt.  Throughout his career, Mustafa has conducted more than 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lectures, and training. 

He has also worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Mustafa uses a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities helping them to move from Surviving to Thriving. Frequently seen on TV, including MSNBC, CNN, VICE, BET, Samantha Bee and Democracy NOW. Featured and/or cited in over 250 news publications to date, including GQ, New Republic, Ebony, Bustle, The Guardian, The Root, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Guest lecturer at over 100 colleges and universities, including Howard, Harvard, Yale, Berkley, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Spelman. Former instructor at West Virginia University, and Stanford University.Mustafa currently serves a board member on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientist, TREE, Rodenberry Foundation and Climate Hawks Vote. Current co-host of the live radio show and podcast, Think 100% “The Coolest Show On Climate Change” with Grammy Nominated Singer and Actress Antonique Smith & Civil Rights Icon, Rev Lennox Yearwood.

Mustafa Santiago Ali

City of Portland Commissioner. Former NAACP Portland Branch President

Jo Ann Hardesty

Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist - Union of Concerned Scientists

Adrienne Hollis

Executive Director - Pineros y Campesinos Unidos Del Noroeste (PCUN)

Reyna Lopez

Executive Director - Maxville Heritage Interpretative Center 

Gwendolyn TRICE

Executive Director - VERDE

Tony DeFalco

Cultural Resources Department Manager and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer - Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.

DAVID Harrelson

Political Director - Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)

Martha SONATO

Coalition Director - Renew Oregon

SHILPA JOSHI

Professor and Department Head - University of Oregon Department of Ethnic Studies

Laura pulido

Chairman - Klamath Tribes

DON GENTRY

SCHEDULE

Day One
2020-04-17
Straub Hall - Room 256
Living and Learning Center Performance Hall
Gerlinger Hall - Room 220
Gerlinger Hall - Room 219
Gerlinger Hall - Alumni Lounge
Day Two
2020-04-18
Straub Hall - Room 256
Living and Learning Center Performance Hall
Global Scholars Hall - Room 123
Gerlinger Hall - Room 220
Straub Hall - Room 256
Living and Learning Center Performance Hall
Gerlinger Hall - Room 220
Gerlinger Hall - Room 219
Gerlinger Hall - Alumni Lounge
Straub Hall - Room 256
Living and Learning Center Performance Hall
Global Scholars Hall - Room 123
Gerlinger Hall - Room 220
08:00 - 09:00
Check In / Welcome

Participants will have the opportunity to check-in, receive summit materials and get settled for the activities of the day.

09:00 - 11:00
Grounding Plenary: Historical Intersections of Race , Economy and Environment in Oregon

In this grounding plenary, experts in Oregon’s social past frame how that past impacts the environmental policy we now confront in our state.

Grounding Plenary: Historical Intersections of Race , Economy and Environment in Oregon image
Gwendolyn Trice
Executive Director - Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center
11:00 - 11:15
Break/ Youth Art Expo

As we transition into the next session. We will take some time to explore the artistic expression of youth as they showcase their interpretation of Environmental and Climate Justice

11:15 - 13:00
Right to Clean Air and Healthy Workplace

Learn about what frontline communities are experiencing in regards to air pollution and how they are working to improve their work conditions

Right to Clean Air and Healthy Workplace image
Tony DeFalco
Executive Director - VERDE
Right to Clean Air and Healthy Workplace image
Martha Sonato
Political Director - Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
13:00
Lunch
13:30 - 18:00
Timber Culture Exhibit

View Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center’s “Timber Culture” travelling exhibit.

13:30 - 18:00
Networking

Need a break from all other Summit activities? Stop by to network with other participants, speakers and decision-makers. Speakers’ books will be for sale.

13:30 - 14:45
The Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Policy-Making

Learn about the role that Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) plays in policy-making plays on tribal lands and how other governments can learn and integrate TEK into their own practices.

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David Lewis
Oregon State University Instructor of Anthropology and Native Studies. Former Cultural Manager of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
15:00 - 14:15
The Role of Science and Data in Crafting Policy

Learn how science and data have the capacity to fill the gaps often felt by frontline communities in Environmental Justice policy.

16:30 - 17:45
Environmental Justice in Policy Making

Learn how the principles of Environmental Justice and meaningfully be embedded into all models of public policy. From Urban planning to Management of State Lands.

18:00 - 19:00
Dinner

Enjoy dinner while networking with other participants, speakers and decision-makers. Books from summit speakers will be on sale.

19:30 - 21:00
Keynote Panel: Connecting the National and Local EJ Work

Learn about how the National Environmental Justice movements influence the local movements and vice-versa. Learn about what organizing looks like from a scholars, politician, and non-profits perspective.

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Private: Jo Ann Hardesty
City of Portland Commissioner - Former NAACP President Portland Branch
Keynote Panel: Connecting the National and Local EJ Work image
Reyna Lopez
Executive Director - Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
08:00 - 08:30
Check In

For those checking in on day two. See tables outside Gerlinger 220

08:30 - 10:30
Tribal Water Justice

Learn what Oregon Tribes are doing to advance environmental justice in the time of climate change and poor practices from federal to local governments.

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Done Gentry
Chairman Klamath Tribes
10:30 - 10:45
Session Break/ Youth Art Expo
10:45 - 12:45
Just Transition and Investments Needed for Resiliency

Learn what commitments we needed from Oregon decision-makers in order to start moving towards a just transition and creating environmental and climate thriving and resilient communities

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Shilpa Joshi
Coalition Director - Renew Oregon
12:45 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Seeking Our Pathways Together
15:30 - 17:15
Break/Networking
17:15 - 19:15
Banquet

Eat, and enjoy the exhibition of the top youth artisits invited to the summit. Hear from Key Summit organizers and sponsors

19:30 - 21:00
Keynote Address.

Learn from one of the leading organizer in the nation about Environmental Justice

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ADVOCATES

 University of Oregon  Geography Department 

University of Oregon  History Department 

 University of Oregon Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies Department

Institute for Natural Resources at OSU and PSU

We The People-Eugene


University of Oregon  Environmental Studies Department 

 University of Oregon Sociology  Department

University of Oregon English Department

Institute for Water and Watersheds at OSU

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