WE ACT for Environmental Justice
In a WE ACT Minute
The Periodic e-Newsletter of WE ACT for Environmental Justice

May 2010
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Mailing Address
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
P.O. Box 1846
New York, NY 10027
 Website: www.weact.org
Physical Location - Harlem, NY
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
1638 Amsterdam Avenue (at 141st Street)
New York, NY 10031
Physical Location - The Bronx, NY
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
370 East  149th Street (at 3rd Avenue)
Bronx, NY 10455
This month we are pleased to share with you some exciting news about WE ACT's Executive Director Peggy Shepard, and to report back to you on two significant community events that recently took place in Northern Manhattan, both co-sponsored by WE ACT. We look forward to bringing you additional updates about our work within the next few weeks.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and now that it's finally here, do enjoy the warm weather!


WE ACT Executive Director Peggy Shepard Receives Honorary Doctorate from Smith College
What does WE ACT's Executive Director/Co-Founder Peggy Shepard have in common with TV Political Analyst Rachel Maddow, Global Advocate Princess Basma of Jordan, Dance Composer Martha Myers, and Explorer Tory McClure? And why did they all meet on Paradise Road for lunch at the President's House?
These five achievers received honorary degrees on May 16th, 2010 at the 132nd Commencement of Smith College in Northampton, MA on a picturesque campus, its landscape designed by the firm of Frederick Olmstead, architect of New York's Central Park. 

Peggy Shepard, Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan, and Princess Basma's husband Walid Al Kurdi at the 2010 Smith College Commencement.
MSNBC political analyst Rachel Maddow, flanked by Peggy Shepard and her partner, Dr. Charles Loveday.

Peggy, acknowledged for her work as an Environmental Justice Leader, received an Honorary Doctorate in Science at the graduation of the Class of 2010, made up of about 400 women known as "Smithies" (including some men for graduate degrees). President Carol Christ, along with a dynamic environmental studies faculty, have made sustainability a priority issue at Smith.
Meeting Report: Visioning the 135th Street MTS
In the words of one participant, "The 135th Street MTS community visioning meeting was one of WE ACT's finest moments." It was indeed one of the finest moments for the partnership between WE ACT and Community Board 9 (CB 9) as we worked to empower residents to transform the Marine Transfer Station.

WE ACT'S Environmental Policy & Advocacy Coordinator James Subudhi gives a presentation on the MTS.

Facilitator Alice McIntosh (left) leads a group visioning process.

On a cold, rainy Saturday in May 2010, over 70 residents from Northern Manhattan brought the hope of a brand new day to the MTS by developing ideas on how to re-use and redesign the old, ugly, abandoned trash facility. Read more...
Meeting Report: Healthy Homes & You
WE ACT for Environmental Justice co-sponsored "Healthy Homes and You: A Community Forum and Scientific Session," which was held on April 13, 2010 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. The event was co-sponsored with WE ACT's academic partner - the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan (NIEHS Center).

Peggy Shepard presents at the Community Forum.

NIEHS Director Dr. Linda Birnbaum at the Community Forum.

Over 75 people attended the event to learn about indoor environmental health issues, and to learn about the priorities set by the Obama Administration in relation to environmental health science research. Read more...