NEBLSA Advocacy Programming
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King, Jr. in
Voter's Right Forum at New York Law School (Social Action)
Date: October 29th
Name of the Event: NEBLSA Environmental Justice Partnership Initiative
Date: Ongoing, throughout the year
Description: Various community organizations have heard the call of the people and have organized to fight environmental injustice. NEBLSA will partner with organizations to add volunteer strength, foster increased dialogue regarding environmental justice, and assist in the overall process of equality for community members across the Northeast region.
Environmental Justice Town Hall Meeting
Date: January 28, 2011
Description: The town hall meeting will be moderated by Barry Hill, former Director of the Office of Environmental Justice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and currently the Senior Counsel for Environmental Governance, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental experts will discuss the implication and adequacy of existing laws and regulations. The panel will consist of governmental leaders, NGO administrators, environmental lawyers, and community activists.
Activities: Town Hall with Q & A, tabling organizations, NEBLSA "Environmental" One-Pager featuring current environmental justice issues within our region
Voter's Rights and Redistricting Panel Discussion ( Social Action)
Date: January 28th
NEBLSA "We Care" Earth Day Celebration
Date: April 22, 2011
Description: On Sunday, April 22, 2012, NEBLSA will celebrate Earth Day across the region. The Earth Day celebration will feature innovative programming by local chapters to highlight the fundamental importance of the earth and the overarching importance of protecting our Earth.
Activities: TBD by each local chapter. Chapters can also reach out to organizations to partner with them for Earth Day activities.
The DREAM Act Webinar
Description: We will have a Webinar where will discuss the DREAM Act. We will have individuals knowledgeable of the Act explain the act and tell what next steps may be and how chapters can further the dialogue. First, to explain what it is and how it affects the U.S., the procedural aspects of the bill, and the reason why it is necessary. We want to simply raise awareness of the issue.
Activities: The program will be informational. There will be a question and answer session at the end.
State NEBLSA Capitol Day
Date: February 13, 2011
Description: States have various levels of commitment to environmental justice and equality. We will meet with state legislators to shed light on environmental justice issues within their state and provide opportunities for action and potential next steps.
Activities: Lobby for awareness of environmental issues
NEBLSA Community Siting Days
Date: TBA, contingent upon collaboration with local chapter presidents
Description: Environmental clean-ups are occurring all across the country. Solicit the assistance from Local Chapter Presidents to name a local environmental organization that they can work with to highlight the issues in their region. NEBLSA will be on the ground in an effort see first-hand the environmental issues affecting communities within our region.
Activities: We will visit brownfield sites, and we will create a web page that will serve to raise awareness in these areas.