It's no secret that the environmental justice movement has really found its stride over the past few years. Join us in welcoming five amazing panelists who will discuss their approaches to organizational changes and the community-centered work they are engaged in. Find out how we can all build a stronger environmental movement by creating a more inclusive and equitable community. We will also explore community-based efforts that emphasize external community involvement within the environmental and environmental justice movements.
Tykee James will start off the panel by presenting on his three tips to movement building: (1) Be personal and normalize how you demonstrate your values, (2) Rationalize your rules, (3) Organize people. How do we drive internal changes to environmental workplaces and how can those changes drive further interest in others joining the environmental movement? By gaining a good understanding on how to better build up the movement across NJ, we can then start discussing actions organizations can take that will be inclusive and equitable to the people of color going unnoticed in the environmental field.
Tanasia Swift and Rosana Da Silva will introduce their effort of creating a community to support environmental-focused organizations in reckoning with historic racism and advance changes together and internally. Through a coalition of partners, they are taking a pledge towards creating Safe Spaces and are seeking to keep themselves accountable as they grow individually and collectively.
Jay Watson will share his experiences in advocating for enhancing the environment and quality of life in our State's urban areas and communities of color. In the projects Jay has been involved in, he promotes community-based solutions that are by the communities and for the communities. Jay will be joined by Renata Barnes, Coordinator for the Outdoor Equity Alliance, who also works to involve communities in efforts and solutions.