National Black Environmental Justice Network Annual Meeting

The National Black Environmental Justice Network held its annual meeting in New Orleans, July 2 – 6, 2002. Seven agenda items were discussed: Implementation of the Healthy and Safe Communities Campaign, Update and Input on other campaigns, an update was given on the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, a report was give from the International Committee on the meeting in Bali, Indonesia, administrative update was given, a fundraising strategy was proposed and the permanent NBEJN structure was discussed.

The National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) had a booth set up at the Essence Festival and distributed NBEJN literature to Essence Festival participants. Members of the NBEJN also participated in the Norco “Old Diamond” relocation celebration with special guest Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Melony Lewis Campaigns for Clean, Affordable Energy to Fight Global Warming

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Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Xavier University of Louisiana
CONTACT:  Dr. Beverly Wright, 504.304.3324 or Mary I. Williams 504.304.3321.

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New Orleans, LA -  Melony Lewis, a 22 year-old activist from Memphis, TN was a part of a ten person team to travel with the environmental group Greenpeace to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa August 26th.
Read more: Melony Lewis Campaigns for Clean, Affordable Energy to Fight Global Warming

Indigenous Peoples Statement

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES STATEMENT
2nd Peoples of Color EJ Summit - Washington, DC - October 2002


Second Peoples of Color Environmental Leadership Summit
Washington, DC
October 23-26,2002

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CAUCUS STATEMENT

In 1991, the first National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit adopted the Principles of Environmental Justice as a platform to build a strong national and international environmental justice movement. Environmental Justice Principle 11 states:
Read more: Indigenous Peoples Statement

Leadership Development & Community Organizing

This workshop was presented by Damu Smith and Margie Richard. Mr. Smith discussed leaders in the community and how to work with interested community members. He explained how each member of the community can be involved at some level to enhance the organization’s work.  Mr. Richard talked about organizing a community and holding it together through adversity, March 2003, Coordinator – Carolyn Woullard.

Environmental Justice Victory

After years of struggle for relocation away from Shell facilities, Concerned Citizens of Norco has achieved an environmental justice victory. The group is organized by African American families living in the Diamond Community of Norco, Louisiana. On June 9, 2002, Concerned Citizens of Norco and Shell announced to the Diamond Community the "Diamond Options Program" that allows residents to relocate away from Shell facilities.

Read more: Environmental Justice Victory