Friday Forum: Neighborhood Approaches to Environmental Justice

About the Speakers: The Lierman Neighborhood Action committee is a group of citizens working to improve the east Urbana neighborhoods around Lierman Ave. & Washington St. The 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign is dedicated to protecting the health of the neighborhood residents and the rights of the community in...

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2017 Bailey Scholarship Reception

Saturday, September 9 University YMCA 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL Latzer Hall 10:00 AM – Reception 10:30 AM – Program The University YMCA of the University of Illinois is pleased to honor the 2017-18 recipients of the Fred S. Bailey Scholarship Awards. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments...

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Friday Forum: Environmental Changes and Indigenous Peoples: The Interconnectedness of Land Loss, Shared Cultural Experiences, and Trauma

Speaker: Dr. Shanondora Billiot, School of Social Work, University of Illinois Indigenous peoples’ relationship with land is spiritual, cultural, and place-specific. Interruption of that relationship, or the ability to interact with land, and discrimination are contemporary forms of trauma. Shared cultural experiences from one tribal community are shared. We will...

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Friday Forum: One Barrier Too Many: Understanding What It Means To Bicycle in Black and Latino Communities

Speaker: Dr. Charles Brown, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and Rutgers University This presentation highlights findings from a recent study focused on understanding and identifying barriers to Black and Hispanic bicycle access and use in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the US. The study’s methodology included...

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Friday Forum: The Displacement of Environmental Justice

Speaker: Kim Wasserman Nieto, Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization This presentation suggests how a environmental justice lens can be used to more critically understand the roots causes of our current environmental moment, and demonstrate how it can be used as a means of finding deeply just and truly...

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Friday Forum: Organizing for Environmental Justice

Speaker: Rev. Booker Steven Vance You understand and take seriously the need to care for the Earth. However, there’s only so much that we can do when we act by ourselves. Learn to advocate for those who don’t have a political voice and mobilize to affect meaningful change in Illinois...

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