Summit II - Workshop Summaries


In 1991, over one-thousand national and international environmental activists gathered in Washington, DC at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit where the environmental justice movement was born, mobilizing these activists to respond to environmental racism issues. Now, in 2002, we gather to assess the progress made since 1991 and to develop the strategies for the next decade and beyond.

The First National People of Color Environmental leadership Summit was convened by the United Church of Christ?s Commission on Racial Justice and held in Washington D.C. in 1991. The Summit galvanized awareness of environmental justice issues and lead to the establishment of the "Principles of Environmental Justice". These principles have strengthened cross-racial and cross-sector alliances. Participants of the First Summit have expressed the need for a second summit to energize the environmental justice movement, to recognize the significant strides achieved to date, to share information on emerging issues and to galvanize support.

The Summit will also provide the perfect opportunity to update the year 2000 version of The People of Color Environmental Groups Directory, currently the only resource guide of its type in the country. The current edition of the directory lists more than 400 people-of-color groups from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, up from 200 groups in 1992. Created as a standard reference guide, the directory is designed to help environmental justice organizations network with one another, as well as aid public and private decisionmakers reach community constituents and stakeholder groups. The directory is free. Find out how to obtain it for yourself here.

If you care about:

  • Air Pollution
  • Biopiracy
  • Brownfields
  • Cancer Alleys
  • Citizen Participation
  • Deforestation
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Racism
  • Food Quality
  • Globalization
  • Human Genetics
  • Land Use Development
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Oil and Mineral Extraction
  • Pesticides
  • Polluting Military / Industrial Facilities
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Smart Growth
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Transportation
  • Waterfront Development
  • Youth Organizing
  • and more...




Join us in Wahington , DC on on October 23-27, 2002!
For summit registration, information and abstracts, please contact:


Zenaida Mendez, Project Coordinator
The Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit
1612 K Street, NW Suite 904
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 833-1333 (v)
(202) 833-7371 (f)
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