Thursday, June 7, 2007

Southeast Ohio Environmental Justice Forum

Environmental Justice: Policy Gaps at the Local, State and National Levels
Making Ohio’s Polluted Communities Clean and Safe

Saturday, June 30, 2007
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Athens Community Center
701 E. State Street
Athens, OH 45701

Panelists include:

Lois Gibbs, Community Activist from Love Canal and Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Washington, DC – "How the US EPA Has Failed Southeast Ohio and other Communities throughout Ohio”

Teresa Mills, Buckeye Environmental Network, Columbus, OH

Anne Robinson, State Health Committee Chairperson, Ohio Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Chillicothe, OH

Lorry Swain, Southern Ohio Neighbors Group (SONG), Portsmouth, OH

Caroline Beidler, Neighbors for Clean Air, Marietta, OH

Elisa Young, Meigs Community Action Network (Meigs CAN), Racine, OH

Callie Lyons, Author of Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, Marietta, OH

The panel will be followed by small-group discussions, where participants will get an opportunity to define what an Ohio environmental justice policy would include to address what keeps at-risk communities so polluted.

These forums are the beginning of a conversation that will continue through statewide field hearings and hopefully culminate in the drafting and passage of Ohio environmental justice policy.

Sponsored by Center for Health Environment and Justice, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Buckeye Environmental Network, Earth Day Coalition, Ohioans for Health Environment and Justice, Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, and the Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club.

Limited seating is available, so reserve your place by Friday, June 22: Catherine Cutcher, Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN), 740-592-2608,

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