EJ Summit

The 2013 EJ Summit

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 18-19, 2013 – Add it to your calendar!

Summit Flyer

NCEJN Summit Flyer – 2013


Main Schedule
2013 NCEJN Summit Agenda
Friday, October 18
12 Noon - Registration, Exhibits, Lunch
1:00pm - Welcome
Facilitator – Gary R. Grant, Director, NCEJN
1:15pm - Environmental Justice Research Presentations
Facilitator – Steve Wing
3:45pm - Break
4:00pm  - Community Speak Out and Government Listening Panel
Facilitator – Henry Lancaster, Lancaster, Craig & Associates
Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH)
White Street Landfill, Greensboro
West Badin Community
Government Listening Panel
Sen. Angela Bryant NC 4th Senatorial District
Amy Simes, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (“NCDENR”) Liaison to North Carolina Department of Transportation (“NCDOT”) and NCEJ Coordinator
Christine Lawson, Department of Water Quality, NCDENR
Dexter Matthews, Division of Solid Waste, NCDENR
6:00pm - Break
7:00pm - Dinner and Awards – Libation Ceremony
Rev. Vivian Lucas, Director
Franklinton Center at Bricks
Presented by The Moore Grant Children
Presented by Chandra T. Taylor
Keynote Address
Sen. Angela Bryant – NC 4th Senatorial District
Representing Halifax, Nash, Vance, Warren, and Wilson Counties
8:00pm - Film Showing & Social Hour
Remembering Kearneytown
Presenter: Pavithra Vasudevan
This collaborative video project explores the environmental history of Warren County through the eyes of a single community member and leader. Rev. Bill Kearney, assistant pastor at Coley Springs Baptist church located just two miles from the landfill site, calls for his community to reclaim the legacy of environmental justice and develop a healthy relationship to the environment.
…the Rest of the Story: Corporate Hog Farming in North Carolina
Presenter: Naeema Muhammad
This video captures the stories of people who live near factory hog farms.  They vividly describe how pollution and threats from the hog industry impact their daily lives.  The video was made for NC General Assembly members in 2007 as they were deciding whether to maintain a ban on construction of hog facilities that use liquid waste lagoons and spray fields.
We Shall Not Be Moved: The Story of the Tillery Resettlement Community
Presenter: Gary R. Grant
Through archival film and video footage, numerous historical photographs, and vibrant narratives of Tillery’s elders, We Shall Not Be Moved shows how seeds of independence planted in the pre-Civil Rights era took root in movements for racial justice in the 1960’s, and grew into fights against present-day environmental racism and economic marginalization.
Saturday, October 19
8:00am  - Breakfast
8:45am - Welcome and Opening Comments
Gary R. Grant, Director,  NCEJN Youth Summit (runs concurrently with NCEJN Summit)
Facilitators: Courtney Wood and Willie Wright
9:00am - Building the Movement
Cynthia Brown,  The Conservation Fund/The Sojourner Group
10:00am - Break
10:15am - Concurrent Sessions
Session A Title: Solid Waste Facility Siting
Facilitator: Chandra T. Taylor, Southern Environmental Law Center
This panel will explore recent developments in community organizing to remedy the problems caused by landfills in communities, recent strategies in organizing against landfill siting, and new research correlating race and solid waste facility siting in North Carolina.
Panelists: David Caldwell – Rogers/Eubanks Road Neighborhood Association
Peter Gilbert – UNC Center for Civil Rights
Lewis Dozier – Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association
Session B Title: Militarism, the Environment and Justice
Facilitator:  Steve Wing, UNC School of Public Health
This panel will explore the social, environmental and human health consequences of the military industrial complex. The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest landowners in the world, controlling thousands of military installations and operating above the law. On the home front, the massive investment in the US military has siphoned resources from education, health and social programs while poisoning communities and workers. This session will highlight examples from NC, the US and abroad, and discuss the intersection between military and environmental justice.
Panelists: Jill Johnston, Southwest Workers Union and University of North Carolina
Manzoor Cheema, Filmmaker and founder of Muslims for Social Justice
Session C Title: “In the EJ Toolkit – Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964”
Facilitator: Omega Wilson, West End Revitalization Association (WERA), Mebane, NC
Four questions that will be discussed at this panel:
1. What are other federal laws that go in the Title VI Environmental Justice Toolkit?
2. How can communities benefit when Title VI complaints are not investigated?
3. Who are NC communities that have filed Title VI complaints?
4. Why have so few communities filed formal complaints?
Marianne Lado, Earthjustice
Minister Robert Campbell, Rogers and Eubanks Roads Association (RENA), Chapel Hill, NC
11:45am  - Break
12 Noon  - Lunch
Introduction of Keynote Speaker 
Facilitator: Larry Baldwin, North Carolina CAFO Coordinator
Waterkeeper Alliance
Speaker – Fred Tutman, Pawtuxet Riverkeeper
1:45pm  - Concurrent Sessions
Session A Title:  Energy Injustice
Facilitator: Chandra T. Taylor, Southern Environmental Law Center
This panel will address how can we prevent and remedy the issues related to how vulnerable communities bear the burden of pollution from power generating facilities, but receive few of the benefits.  Topics will include hydraulic fracturing, issues with Alcoa Hydropower for the operation of Alcoa Badin Works and the legacy of PCB Contamination in Stanly County, coal ash pollution and climate change.
Panelists: Hope Taylor, Clean Water for North Carolina
Macy Hinson, Concerned Citizens of West Badin Community
Maria Savasta-Kennedy, UNC Clinical Professor of Law, UNC Chapel Hill
Ronesha Johnson, Residents for Air Neutralization (RAN), Shreveport, Louisiana 
Session B Title: Workplace Injustice
Facilitators: Saladin Muhammad, former IR, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers Union, Black Workers For Justice (BWFJ)
Don Cavellini, Pitt County Coalition Against Racism (CAR), UE 150, and NCEJN
McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and other fast food restaurants are part of a $200 billion industry. Last year, McDonald’s alone made $5.5 billion. Despite this, most people who work in these stores make minimum wage or slightly higher, even after having worked there for many years.
It’s impossible to raise a family, put food on the table, keep a roof over your head, get adequate medical care, or maintain even a basic standard of living on these poverty wages.
Working as many hours as they can get at some of the world’s largest corporations, many of the workers in these restaurants are forced to rely on public assistance to sustain themselves and their families. Rather than pay workers a living wage, the fast food industry uses the social safety net to subsidize their profits and poverty wages.
Panelists: Carolina Workers Organizing Committee (CWOC), recently organizing Fast Food workers, “Forward Together, Not One Step Back” (Moral Monday) arrestees: Larsene Taylor, Willie Roberts and others to discuss Workplace Democracy and the First Amendment right to protest.
Session C Title: Industrial Animal Production
Facilitator: Naeema Muhammad, BWFJ
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) facilities, including hogs, poultry and cattle, are a major source of pollution in North Carolina and they are disproportionately located in communities of color and low-income.  CAFOs threaten the health of workers and people living near these facilities.  During this session you will hear environmental advocates describe what is happening on the ground and what actions have been taken or can be taken to try to get some relief in NC.
Panelists: Larry Baldwin, Waterkeeper Alliance
Joycelyn D’Ambrosio, EarthJustice
Victor Smith, Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH)
3:15pm - Break
3:30pm - Concurrent Session Reports
4:15pm - Youth Summit Report
4:45pm - Closing
Youth Schedule
2013 Youth Summit Agenda

Contact Information

Phone: (252) 826-3017
Fax: (252) 826-3244
Email: ncejn1@aol.com  

Registration & Participation Forms

Please fill out the appropriate form(s) below.

If you plan on attending:

Online Registration Form (url)

Registration Form (doc)

Youth Registration Form (doc)

Registration Payment:

You may pay for your 2013 Summit Registration, or provide Support using the Donate button on this page.  Indicate in the notes field that you are paying for 2013 Summit Registration or that you are supporting the 2013 Summit.

If you plan on providing financial support for the event:

Support Form (doc) - Thank you!

We hope that you and/or your organization will support this worthy cause.  As a supporter, you will be listed in the Summit program booklet as a supporter of justice, social change and lover of a safe and healthy environment.

If you would like to display a poster to describe your group’s EJ work efforts, or are a vender who would like participate:

Poster and Vender Form (doc)

Please submit all associated forms to ncejn1@aol.com.


We invite all interested parties who would like to present at the 2013 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. Find out more about the call for papers.

Additional information

See more info on NCEJN’s Community Environmental Justice Award (Florenza Moore Grant), the Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award, or read about the History of the EJ Summit.


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