EJ Summit

The 2016 EJ Summit

Environmental Justice: Moving Beyond Electoral Politics and Toxic Representation  

Meeting Location

Historic Franklinton Center at Bricks
Edgecombe County
Us Highway 301, South of Enfield & North of Whitakers
Whitakers, NC 27891
Location Details: extLink_lvhttp://www.ucc.org/franklinton-center/

Event Dates

 October 21-22, 2016 – Add it to your calendar! 


You may find a hardcopy version of the registration forms here: .docx and .pdf. Please email to ncejsummit@gmail.com or mail to P.O. Box 68, Rocky Mount, NC 27802.

You may also fill out the online registration forms linked below.

General Registration (lodging NOT included):
  • $120 for Friday
  • $120 for Saturday
  • $160 for both days

General Registration online form (click here for form)


Impacted Community Scholarship Registration
— (lodging at Franklinton Center included) — FREE

Impacted Community Scholarship Registration form (click here for form)


Student Work Exchange Registration (dorm lodging including)
— only offered to those students who cannot subsidize the general registration costs from other funding sources — $50 flat fee + volunteering at 2016 EJ Summit

Student Work Exchange registration Registration form (click here for form)


Registration Payment: 
You may use PayPal, Check, Money orders, or Pay on-site. Please make checks or money orders payable to: NCEJN Mail to: P.O. Box 68, Rocky Mount, NC 27802

Instructions for using PayPal to pay via credit card or PayPal account:

You may pay with your credit card through a PayPal link provided on NCEJN’s website. Go to http://ncejn.org/. On the right side of the page, there is a “Donate to NCEJN” button. Click on that. Enter the cost of your registration fee. If you do not have a PayPal account, but would like to use a credit card, below on the left side there is this option for using a credit card. Click on that. This will allow you to enter in your credit card information. In the notes box, please mention that this is for your registration fee for the 2016 EJ Summit (e.g. Friday only 2016 Summit or donation for 2016 Summit). Once your payment is submitted, it goes directly to our NCEJN PayPal account.



Lodging at the Franlinton Center is currently at capacity. Please email us at ncejsummit@gmail.com if you no longer need your spot as others are still on the waiting list for Franklinton Center lodging. 

Lodging at the Franklinton Center will be reserved for those requesting the Impacted Community Scholarship and the Student Work Exchange until September 30, then available rooms will be opened up to General Registrants (i.e. lodging for scholarships is not guaranteed after September 30). All Franklinton Center rooms will have at least 2 people per room. All registrants that have requested lodging at the Franklinton Center must notify the Coordinators by October 10 if lodging is no longer needed; otherwise, we will ask you to pay $25 for the dorm room and $40 for the hotel-style room.

Those that are General Registrants and would prefer to stay at the Franklinton Center will be put on a waiting list. On October 1, any available rooms on-site will be assigned to the General Registrants on the waiting list. Dorms will cost $25 per person and hotel-style rooms will cost $40 per person. People that do not want to stay on-site or that need to have lodging secured prior to October can reserve a room at the Country Inn & Suites for $79.00 per night for Friday night under the reservation name NCEJN.

Additional Off-site Lodging information for General Registrants: The Country Inn & Suites has reserved 5 rooms with two queen beds and 3 rooms with one king bed for EJ Summit attendees. You are responsible for contacting the hotel directly to book your rooms and to make it known if you are willing to share the double queen room with another EJ Summit attendee. The King rooms also have a roll out bed for an additional $10.00 if you would like that option. When you call the Country Inn & Suites, make sure to say you would like to book one of the rooms reserved for NCEJN.

The room rates are $79.00 per night for Friday night only under the reservation name NCEJN. The deadline cutoff date to reserve a room is October 7th. Because there is a big baseball tournament being held in Rocky Mount the same weekend as the EJ Summit, all hotels are being booked solid. The NCEJN reserved rooms at the Country Inn & Suites will be released by the end of October 7. Any reservation cancellations will have to be made by October 12th.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rocky Mount, NC
672 English Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 27804, US
p: +1 (252) 442-0500  f: +1 (252) 442-0964

Summit Flyer (pdf)


Agenda: 2016 EJ Summit Agenda (pdf)

Friday, October 21

12:00pm-1:00pm      Registration, Lunch
1:00pm-1:20pm         Welcome: Naeema Muhammad & Ayo Wilson, NCEJN Co-Directors
1:20pm- 3:45pm        Research Presentations

1) Race, Class and Coal Ash in NC
2) Update on Lead Poisoning Prevention in North Carolina
3) In Conditions of Fresh Water
4) Antibiotic resistant bacteria among industrial hog operation workers, community residents, and young children living in their households in eastern North Carolina
5) Race and Class in Contemporary African American Politics: Traditional Black Civil Rights Organizations and Environmental Justice or Why we Continue to Need the Environmental Justice Movement
6) Contemporary Dilemmas of Environmental Justice Activism: The California Experience in Historical Context

          (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters*)
4:00pm-4:15pm          CAFO & Title VI Update
4:15pm-6:00pm          Community Speak-out and Government Listening Panel
6:00pm-6:30pm          Networking & Research Poster Session*
6:30pm-9:00pm          Dinner and Play: Race and Waste in an Aluminum Town: A play in development based on oral histories with residents of West Badin (Playwright: Pavithra Vasudeva, Director: Joseph Megel)
9:15pm-bedtime          Networking, drum circle, creating the NC EJ timeline**

Saturday, October 22
7:30am-8:30am          Breakfast
8:45-10:10am              Welcome & Opening Plenary: Looking Back to Move Forward
          (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
10:25-11:50am            Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2***:

1) Tools to Move Forward
2) Tools for Avoiding Land Loss

          (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
12:05pm-1:35pm        Lunch, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Speaker: Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt, Member of BYP100, Ignite NC, and Black Workers for Justice
1:50pm -3:15pm         Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2***:

1) Tools to Move Forward
2) Tools for Avoiding Land Loss

          (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
3:30pm-5:00pm          Closing Plenary: Moving Forward Together

* The titles of the research posters are: 1) Flame Retardants in Furniture: Using Citizen Science and Meaningful Involvement to Inform Policy; 2) Development of an EJ mapping and screening system for community gardens to anticipate and reduce exposure to soil contaminants from industrial and urban sources; 3) Scholar Activist Alliance; 4) Property Rights = Equal Rights; 5) Effects of Sodium Azide on Plants: Development of a System to Measure Active Uptake of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Product Ingredients

** At this year’s Summit, we are going to create a story timeline of EJ in NC. We need your help
and stories to document the history of North Carolina’s Environmental Justice Movement! Together, at this year’s NC EJ Summit, we will create a living document, one that will be updated for years to come. This document will provide space to gather our stories and share our collective history. We all have something to share, so please come to the Summit with your community’s successes, failures, turning points, events and relevant dates in your mind. Feel free to bring mementos, papers, photos, notes, etc. to add to the timeline. Looking back will help us to move forward. Knowing where we’ve been will guide our path into the future.

*** If you attended the Concurrent Session #1 before lunch, please attend the Concurrent Session #2 after lunch. If you attended the Concurrent Session #2 before lunch, please attend the Concurrent Session #1 after lunch.


Additional information 

Please also check out our other EJ Summit pages:

Call for Research Presentations – We invite all interested parties who would like to present at the 2016 EJ Summit to submit papers that address environmental justice topics from any disciplinary perspective, including environmental sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, journalism, public health and medicine.

Awards – Know some amazing EJ Activists? Consider nominating them for one of our awards: EJ Youth Vanguard Award, NCEJN Community Resilience Award, or Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award

Sponsorship  – Able to help sponsor the EJ Summit? Go here to learn how to contribute money to the 18th Annual EJ Summit.

History of EJ Summit page – Go here to learn about the history of the EJ Summit as well as find archived programs, pictures, and videos from past EJ Summits. If you have additional archival materials from past EJ Summits that are not shown on this page, we welcome you to share those materials with NCEJN. Please contact the EJ Summit Coordinators (ncejsummit@gmail.com) with that information.