17th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference

April 7, 2012

The Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER) is proud to announce its 17th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference on Saturday April 7th, 2012. No registration is required. Please join us for a great weekend of free food and free knowledge at the University of Oregon (EMU Fir Room (Keynotes and Artistic Panel) and River Rooms (all other events)).

Here is the schedule:

  • 1030: Light Breakfast River Rooms
  • 11:00 EJ workshop led by CAER River Rooms
  • 12:00 Lunch Keynote: Breeze Harper Fir Room
  • 1:30 Free Time/Games/Networking River Room
  • 2:00 Local Eugene Panel River Room
  • 3:00 NW Dirty Energy Panel River Room
  • 4:00 Food Justice Panel River Room
  • 5:00 Free Time/Games/Networking River Room
  • 5:30 Dinner Keynote: Michelle Williams Fir Room
  • 7:00 EJ Art Workshop: Favianna Rodrguez Fir Room

Our lunch keynote, Breeze Harper, is an accomplished scholar on issues of black feminisms, critical race theory, and food politics. She has also edited the volume Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak about Food, Identity, Health, and Society. This volume, as well her presentation, explores food politics, identity, sexuality, heath, womanism, feminism, decolonization, anti-racism, eco-sustainability, and animal rights through the lens of the black female vegan experience in the USA.

For our dinner keynote, we are hosting Michelle Roberts. She is affiliated with the Advocates for Environmental Human Rights and has provided technical assistance and advocacy support to communities regarding the impacts of toxins on human health and the environment. In addition, she is a spoken word artist who created Arts Slam @SsAMS, a community-based arts program. She has co-authored reports on environmental justice issues and her advocacy work is featured in television, print news, and magazines.

Finally, CAER will be hosting an Environmental Justice artistic workshop as part of the conference with renowned Oakland-based Chicana artist Favianna Rodriquez. Her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Her subjects vary, including immigrant day laborers in the US, mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, and herself. Through her work we witness the changing US metropolis and new dispora in the arts.

Please do not hesitate to contact caer@uoregon.edu with any questions.

Nicholas Hayman | Marilyn Sanchez |Co-Directors

Coalition Against Environmental Racism | caer@uoregon.edu

Website: pages.uoregon.edu/caer