November 15, 2013
Members and supporters of the New England EJ Forum came together last Saturday for the first Rhode Island EJ Summit, in our work to continue relationship building and share knowledge. Nearly 100 people participated to learn from community and enjoy delicious local food.
Workshop topics included sustainability, energy justice, food justice and racial profiling, strategies for healthy urban land and water, and a separate track for children ages 6 to 12. Participants created an EJ map of New England to show current and future work, past victories, and our favorite spots around New England. Other highlights included a panel and group discussion on resiliency to climate change and various spoken word and dance performances. The host, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, ran a low-waste event that included ferrying attendees up from the train station on a bus that runs on vegetable oil.
The EJ Summit strengthened the identity of the New England EJ Forum and built connections between EJ groups in the region. Additionally, we convened a committee to work out logistics for the EJ Researchers Network. If you are interested in being on the planning committee for next year’s New England EJ Summit, scheduled for the summer or fall of 2014, please email Staci or call (617) 442-3343 x236. Thank you to everyone joining our first Rhode Island EJ Summit!