Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Threats and Opportunities
American Bar Association, 6 PM GMT
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Featuring a Keynote Address by
Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Senator for New Jersey
Reception with wine, beer, and light refreshments to follow
On October 24, 2017, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) introduced a landmark piece of legislation to eliminate environmental injustice.
The Environmental Justice Act of 2017 (EJA) requires federal agencies to address environmental justice through agency actions and permitting decisions, and strengthens legal protections against environmental injustice for communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities. The bill is the culmination of a months-long process of working with dozens of grassroots organizations across the country to craft a comprehensive bill that strengthens environmental justice protections for vulnerable communities.
This program will feature a Keynote Address by Sen. Booker and a panel discussion on the various ways the EJA addresses critical issues for vulnerable communities nationwide (especially communities of color) in light of historical, ongoing challenges, as well as new ones posed by the Trump Administration. Other topics to be addressed include, the changes at the Office of Environmental Justice of the EPA, the controversial recent appointments at EPA, recent attempts to limit science in EPA decision-making, and challenges to environmental protection for clean air, water, and land via threats to citizen suits and enforcement.
The panel will include Mustafa Ali, Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, for the Hip Hop Caucus, formerly head of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, and Patrice Simms, Vice President of Litigation for EarthJustice, formerly an attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice - Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Natural Resources Defense Council. The program will be moderated by Randy Hayman, of Beveridge & Diamond, PC. Co-Sponsors: Beveridge & Diamond, Environmental Law Institute, ABA CRSJ Environmental Justice Committee, ABA SEER Special Committee on Environmental Justice.
Beveridge & Diamond, Environmental Law Institute, ABA CRSJ Environmental Justice Committee, ABA SEER Special Committee on Environmental Justice, Criminal Justice Section, Public Services Division