McTeer-Toney & Woodberry Join Panel to Talk Environmental Justice at Congressional Black Caucus ALC Event

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The Impact to our communities and How to lead the change

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, September 21, 2017, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will be the honorary host of two panels focusing on environmental justice, as a whole, as well as the intersection of environmental justice and climate change – following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and tropical storms Jose and Katia.

During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), the moderators and the panelists will engage with the audience to address how environmental injustice impacts our communities and how we can unite to lead the change for environmental justice across the country.

PANEL 2: “Caring for His Creation: How the Faith Community Leads on Environmental Justice”

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

MODERATOR: Symone D. Sanders, Democratic Strategist, Communications Consultant, and CNN Political Commentator

PANELISTS: Reverend Ambrose Carroll, Co-Founder, Green the Church

Reverend Dr. Faith Harris, Christian Educator, and Adjunct Faculty Minister‎, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University

Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor, Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Associate Pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church

Heather McTeer Toney, Senior Advisor of Local Government & Environmental Justice, Mom’s Clean Air Force

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Associate Minister for Ecological Justice, Bethel AME Church

Reverend Leo Woodberry, Pastor at Kingdom Living Temple and Executive Director, Woodberry & Associates

Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 147-B 801 Mt Vernon Place N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

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BACKGROUND: The “Keeping It Green: Shared Impacts of Environmental Justice” panel will discuss African-American neighborhoods, as well as other minority communities, are disproportionately hard hit by pollution, climate change, unsafe housing, poisoned water, and other injustices. These contribute to numerous health, educational, and economic hardships that black families must overcome. This panel will discuss the nature of the problem, and new approaches to confronting this unfair situation.

The “Caring for His Creation: How the Faith Community Leads on Environmental Justice” panel will discuss how the Religious community has been a bulwark in the fight for justice; whether we are talking about civil rights, criminal justice reform, or building economic opportunity. Our churches and our pastors have consistently played a leading role. Protecting and preserving the environment for future generations is no different — solving the problems our community and the world currently face is going to require leadership from the pulpit.