Are you drawn to better understand issues of the environment? Are you seeking to better understand systemic racism and oppression? The environment and racism are intimately tied together – consider the current water crises in Flint, Michigan and Standing Rock in North Dakota. Understanding the intersections of these issues is crucial to understand how to affect change.
We present the Forum on Racial and Environmental Equity and Justice, a series of events at MIT focusing on environmental racism and justice. There are many organizations co-sponsoring these events, including Fossil Free MIT, Black Graduate Student Association, Black Student Union, Environmental Policy and Planning RADIUS, Latino Cultural Center, MIT’s Philosophy Department and the Institute Community and Equity Officer.
Our first event will be Thursday, Feb 23. Please join the Forum on Racial and Environmental Equity and Justice for:
Fighting for Environmental Justice in the South Bronx
Thursday, February 23 | 6:00-7:15 pm
MIT, Room 4-370 | Dinner Provided
Guest Speaker: Alexie Torres-Fleming
Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 20.
This event is being co-sponsored by Fossil Free MIT, the Environmental Policy and Planning Group (DUSP), Black Graduate Student Association, Black Student Union, Latino Cultural Center and Radius.
About Alexie Torres-Fleming:
Alexie grew up in the South Bronx during the late-1960s and 1970s where fires destroyed her borough. As an adult, Alexie moved to the neighboring Manhattan, where she became active in grassroots organizations. Through faith and a desire to rebuild communities, she founded the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), where she worked with youth to clean the brownfields of the borough and provide access to the Bronx River. She continues to spread to spread these messages on a national scale. Alexie is a nationally-recognized activist, having been named one of “50 Visionaries Changing Our World” and appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Join us to hear the passion and power of Alexie Torres-Fleming during this lecture and meet-and-greet.
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