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WE ACT's Advancing Climate Justice Conference a Resounding Success!

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WE ACT Thanks the Sponsors of the ACJ Conference:  


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ConEdison, Inc.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Environmental Defense Fund

The Ford Foundation

Fordham University School of Law

The Mertz Gilmore Foundation

The Mitchell Kapor Foundation

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

NIEHS Center in Northern Manhattan

US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice 
In-Kind Support Provided By:
Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC)

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
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Greetings from Harlem! 

On Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30, 2009, over 400 scientists, government officials, educators, students and community activities gathered for the first time ever at Fordham Law School's Pope Auditorium in New York City to discuss the impacts of climate change on communities of color and low income, and to develop strategies for addressing those impacts. The conference served as both a rallying cry and an injection of fresh energy into the environmental justice, climate justice and overall social justice movements. 

Representative Charlie Rangel, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, addressed the conference on its second day, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson made the conference her first public appearance since taking office in mid January, because, as she said, "...I'm an African-American woman and an environmentalist and we have similar backgrounds. This was very meaningful to me." 

Left to Right at the ACJ Conference: Vernice D. Miller-Travis (Vice Chair, Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, Co-founder - WE ACT for Environmental Justice); Lisa P. Jackson (EPA Administrator); Cecil D. Corbin-Mark (Deputy Director - WE ACT for Environmental Justice); and Peggy M. Shepard (Executive Director and Co-founder - WE ACT for Environmental Justice).

Representative Charlie Rangel addresses the audience at the ACJ Conference.

From The American Prospect to Examiner.com, from Grist to The New York Times, people are talking about the conference, and we are hopeful that its impacts will be felt for many years to come.

Video and audio recordings of the conference sessions will be available within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can read about the conference and follow the media coverage surrounding it at WE ACT's website.

Thank you for helping us impact our world for good! We look forward to sharing more information with you about the conference and about WE ACT's other projects in subsequent emails. 

Your Friends in the Movement for Environmental Justice,
Team WE ACT Signature