Norco Celebration

It was a celebration that everyone would agree, has been a long time coming. The residents of the “Diamond Community” in Norco, Louisiana celebrated Shell Chemical’s community buyout on Friday, July 5, 2002 at the Greater Good Hope Baptist Church.

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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.