EJ Summit

The 2018 EJ Summit:

Making Revolution Irresistible: A Summit Celebrating Promise, Change & Action  

Our annual environmental justice summit has been a cornerstone critical to the resilience of our network. It’s an opportunity for us to gather together, exchange knowledge and experience, share our stories, and be refreshed to take on the important, difficult work ahead. This EJ Summit is particularly special because its our 20th year of NCEJN. It offers us the opportunity to reflect on the victories and challenges of the past 20 years and position ourselves for the future. We’re celebrating change – where we’ve been and what we’ve done. And we’re celebrating action – the steps that we will take to get us to where we want to go.

We are revolutionaries. We choose revolution when we choose to challenge the status quo – when our actions are counter to the systems that oppress us. Twenty years of the NC Environmental Justice Network is a revolution. Our collaboration, commitment to each other, and mutual support is a revolution.

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 19-20, 2018 – 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 online 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 the EJ Summit

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


Registration Payment: Please proceed to paying for your registration. You may use PayPal/ credit card, 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:

Option 1: Click here to be taken directly to NCEJN’s PayPal link. In the notes box, please mention that this is for your registration fee for the 2018 EJ Summit (e.g. “Friday only 2018 Summit” or “donation for 2018 Summit”).

Option 2: 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, there is an 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 2018 EJ Summit (e.g. “Friday only 2018 Summit” or “donation for 2018 Summit”). Once your payment is submitted, it goes directly to our NCEJN PayPal account.

Thank you for registering for the 2018 EJ Summit! If you would like to make any changes to your registration, please contact the EJ Summit Coordinators. We look forward to seeing you in October.



If you are requesting lodging at the Franklinton Center, please fill out the Lodging questions in the registration form.

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, you will be required 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 2, 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. 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


2018 EJ Summit Agenda! 

Friday, October 19 (All events will take place in the Fellowship Hall, unless otherwise indicated)

12:00-12:55pm Registration (Atrium of Fellowship Hall) & Lunch (Dining Hall)

1:00-1:15pm Welcome: Naeema Muhammad & Ayo Wilson, NCEJN Co-Directors & Vivian Lucas, Director of The Franklinton Center at Bricks

1:15-1:25pm Reflecting on the past 20 years – video

(5 min. break — Check out the Research Posters*)

1:30-3:30pm Research Presentations* (see Detailed Program for details)

3:30-3:40pm Reflecting on the past 20 years – video

(20 min. break — Check out the Research Posters**)

4:00-6:15pm Community Speak-out & Government Listening Panel (Auditorium)

Fishbowl Rounds 1 & 2

(30 min. break – Jazz & Friends will play)

6:45-9:30pm Dinner, Keynote, Steve Wing Tribute, Awards, & Music (Auditorium)

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Leo Woodberry, New Alpha Community Development Corporation

Musical Tribute: Jazz & Friends

Steve Wing Tribute: Students and Partners of Steve Wing

Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award Presentation

9:30pm-bedtime Networking, drum circle and other music***

Saturday, October 20 (All events will take place in the Fellowship Hall, unless otherwise indicated)

7:30-8:30am Breakfast (Dining Hall)

8:30-8:45am Welcome

8:45-8:55am Reflecting on the past 20 years – video

8:55-9:50am Morning Plenary: Making Revolution – Community Empowerment/ Civic Engagement

Panel: Mark Dorsin (Chambers Center), Elizabeth Haddix (Chambers Center), Ameesha Sampat (Public Justice)

(10 minute break — Check out the Research Posters**)

10:00-11:15am Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2:

1. Just Transitions: Our Story, Our Demands, and Our Future (Auditorium)
Facilitators: Elijah Brunson (Rachel Carson Council, NCEJN), Sarah Rhodes (UNC-CH, NCEJN), KD Brown (UNC-CH, NCEJN), Katherine Shor (NCEJN)

2. Our Power: Movement & Coalition Building
(Fellowship Hall)
Facilitators: Danielle Purifoy & Onté Johnson
Panel: Saladin Muhammad (Southern Workers Assembly, NCEJN), Larsene Taylor (Southern Workers Assembly), Jamie Cole (NC Conservation Network, NCEJN)

(15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters**)

11:30-1:00pm Lunch, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Speaker (Auditorium):

Dr. Sharrelle Barber (Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health)

(15 minute transition time)

1:15-2:30pm Afternoon Plenary: Hurricane Florence Survivor Summit Planning
(Fellowship Hall)

Panel: Jim Grant (Pitt County Coalition Against Racism, NCEJN), Elsie Herring (NCEJN, REACH, Hurricane Survivor), Dr. Valerie Johnson (Bennett College), Nicholas Woodard (NCEJN, Hurricane Survivor), Ashley Daniels (Hurricane Survivor and Advocate, NCEJN), Don Cavellini (Pitt County Coalition Against Racism, NCEJN)
(15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters**)

2:45-3:15pm Closing

* The titles of the research posters are: 1) The GenX Exposure Study: A response to GenX and other Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water in North Carolina; 2) Prioritizing youth engagement and empowerment in community-based participatory research (CBPR) related to environmental justice; 3) Wood Pellets: An Environmental Injustice; 4) Advocating Parks & Green Space as an Environmental Justice Concern; 5) Air Quality Assessment of Residential Exposure to Particulate Matter and Volatile Organic Compounds Near a Concrete Block Plant and Traffic in Bladensburg, Maryland; 6) Assessment of social, economic, and geographic vulnerability pre- and post-Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas

** The titles of the research posters are: 1) Title: Addressing Environmental Health Concerns in the Wake of Hurricane Florence; 2) Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool (Maryland EJSCREEN) Utilization: Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study; 3) Strong Communities, Healthy Forests: Protecting North Carolina from the Wood Pellet Industry; 4) The effects of community exposures to hog ILO air pollution on sleep and time outdoors; 5) Stories of Board Service: Interviews with People of Color Serving on Food, Land and Agricultural Boards
*** Please feel free to bring your own instruments for the networking and music time.

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 2018 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 20th 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.