Around the country, the health and well-being of communities, and their children in particular, are threatened by corporations that pump toxic chemicals into the air. This webinar will take place the day after the release of a new environmental justice report from the United Church of Christ at a press conference and Ash Wednesday service held at the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. The webinar will feature leaders from grassroots organizations in fenceline communities. They will come from the two areas of the country with the highest concentration of toxic facilities: cancer alley in Louisiana and the petrochemical industrial complex of Houston. Juan Parras leads the Houston-based organization known as T.E.J.A.S. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services). Sharon Lavigne of RISE St. James and Bobby Taylor of Concerned Citizens of St. John are both leaders within the Coalition against Death Alley. These powerful voices will help us discern what faith communities can do about this moral crisis faced by our nation.
This webinar is co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt of the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry and Elizabeth Lee, Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice for United Methodist Women.
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Special thanks to the sponsorship of the Cornerstone Fund in making this webinar possible.