EJ Summit

The 2017 EJ Summit:

Building People’s Power Against State Violence Through the Lens of Environmental Justice  

When we say state violence, we are talking about the willful and negligent actions of government at all levels that cause harm to our most marginalized and dispossessed communities, through policies, laws, individual acts, and representation. We call such actions violence because they are just as effective at dehumanization and disempowerment as any physical harm.

Legislative acts like voter ID laws and more recently HB 467, which eroded the people’s right to pursue health and financial compensation from harmful industrial agribusinesses, tells communities of color and poor communities that they are not worthy of representation or protection. It tells them their lives and livelihoods are not as worthy as corporate profits.

We are committed to calling out state violence in all forms, whether it comes from the barrel of a police officer’s gun or from the pen of a regulatory agency. Both harms are equally real, and we will fight equally as hard against them.

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 20-21, 2017 – 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 2017 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 2017 EJ Summit (e.g. “Friday only 2017 Summit” or “donation for 2017 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 2017 EJ Summit (e.g. “Friday only 2017 Summit” or “donation for 2017 Summit”). Once your payment is submitted, it goes directly to our NCEJN PayPal account.

Thank you for registering for the 2017 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.



UPDATE: At this time, dorm-style and hotel-style lodging at the Franklinton Center are full. You may still stay at the Franklinton Center if you are willing to camp. Please email ncejsummit@gmail.com if you would like to camp (in field next to dorms with access to dorm bathrooms). 

If you are requesting lodging at the Franklinton Center, please fill out the “Lodging Survey” after registering.

Lodging Survey form (click here for form)

The hardcopy version of the lodging survey is on page 3 of the hardcopy registration form (see above).

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 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

Summit Flyer (.pdf)


Agenda: 2017 EJ Summit Agenda (.pdf

Friday, October 20
12:00pm-1:00pm        Registration, Lunch
1:00pm-1:20pm          Welcome: Naeema Muhammad, Ayo Wilson, & Onté Johnson
1:20pm- 3:30pm         Research Presentations (To be determined)
       (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
3:45pm-4:45pm          NC Department of Environmental Quality Presentation + Q&A
       (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
5:00pm-6:15pm          Community Speak-out and Government Listening Panel
       (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
6:30pm-9:00pm          Dinner and Performance by Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble
9:00pm-bedtime         Networking, drum circle, Hurricane Matthew informal meeting

Saturday, October 21
7:30am-8:30am           Breakfast
8:30am-8:45am           Welcome
8:45am-9:45am           Opening Plenary
       (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
10:00am-11:15am       Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2:

1) School to Prison Pipeline
2) Direct Action Training

       (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
11:30pm-1:00pm        Lunch, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Speaker:

Mustafa Ali, Hip Hop Caucus – Senior Vice Pres. of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization

       (15 minute transition time)
1:15pm -2:30pm         Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4:

3) Energy Justice
4) Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, & Surviving Hurricane Matthew

       (15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)
2:45pm-3:15pm          Closing


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 2017 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 19th 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.