This weekend, our partners at Indiana NAACP Environmental Climate Justice hosted a Summer of Our Power event in Indianapolis. The event included a roundtable on the Intersectionality of Climate Change and NAACP Game Changers.
This week they also presented their design for the quilt square for the Summer of Our Power relay. The image used is based off of a Katrina mural painted by students during a tour in New Orleans.
“The mural was created during the 2008 Black Cultural Center Research Tour to New Orleans, LA. The goal of the tour was to identify cultural retentions in a post-Katrina New Orleans. The mural was one of the resultant projects included in the fall cultural arts festival, What the Water Couldn’t Wash Away.
“History and Culture Will Never Be Removed”
Mural created by Devika Gireesh, Preciaus Heard, and Jonathan Hicks
Under the direction of Artisia Green, New Directional Players Artist in Residence
Purdue University Black Cultural Center, 2008”
-Artisia Green, MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies, College of William and Mary
Indiana NAACP ECJ Quilt Square
Here are some flyers for Indiana NAACP ECJ Our Power Summer event:
Here are some moments from the event:
The Indiana NAACP ECJ engages communities of color and low income communities to work towards a just transition to sustainable, cooperative communities in Indiana.
Here’s a quick glimpse into the work they’ve been doing for this Summer of Our Power.
“Call @GovPenceIN 317-232-4567 tell him Indiana wants a CLEAN POWER PLAN. Regulate industrial greenhouse gas emissions#JustEnergyPolicies”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 10, 2015
“Indiana NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Chair, Denise Abdul-Rahman Speaks at Indiana Mama Summit”
Check out accompanying article here.
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 12, 2015
“Indiana State Conference of the NAACP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 18, 2015
Contact: Barbara Bolling-Williams, (219) 614-4889 BarbaraBolling@aol.com
Tragedy in South Carolina
Gary–Today, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families in South Carolina whose lives have been forever changed by the horrific act of one man. This crime of hate tears at the very fabric of civility and humanity that we aspire to as Americans.
It is reminiscent of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama killing four little girls who were attending Sunday School, on September 15, 1963. We as a Nation feel violated when crimes such as these occur. We hug our children a little bit tighter. We take solace in knowing that law enforcement agencies working together with the public were able to swiftly apprehend a suspect.
The NAACP family continues to pray for the family of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the late pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, and those who lost their lives in the Bible study. Today we mourn but as the investigation moves forward in the coming days and the authorities try to make sense out of this senseless act, we pray that from this tragedy, we will look carefully at our attitudes toward guns and the gun laws in this country. This young man received a gun from his father two months ago for his 21st birthday and today nine people are dead. We must work to ensure that guns do not continue to end up in the hands of people who clearly are not stable enough or responsible enough to have them.The NAACP founded in 1909, is a civil rights organization committed to fight for equality and the elimination of racial discrimination. The Indiana State Conference is the governing body for the 22 Branches, 6 Youth Councils and Jr. Youth Council, and 6 College Chapters. For more information please call 219-614-4889.”-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 18, 2015
“Great Day “Lobbying on the Hill” with Defenders of Wildlife. Met with the staff of Senator Donnelly, Senator Coats and Congressman Carson to request support for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and requested they oppose any riders that might weaken the act. The NAACP has had prior precedents, via a letter with Equity Justice and we supported this Act.”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 24, 2015
“Governor Pence wrote a letter to President Obama dated June 24, 2015. The letter in essence says Indiana will not stop burning coal or not comply with the Clean Power Plan.
In my opinion a major problem is the passing of SB 412. This bill in general completely deregulate energy efficiency and abandons the notion of any state energy policy.
Using energy infinitely with no goals to decrease the use of energy can potentially cause the need to build more power plants. The building of more power plants will equate to:
-negative health impacts due to the toxic emissions
-More CO2 or carbon pollution which causes climate change and climate change causes more natural disasters
Many environmental advocates believe that industries and utilities should have required energy efficiency goals, particularly with climate change as a major concern.
Please join Our
Just Energy Campaign”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 25, 2015
“Indiana NAACP has a Clean Power Plan resolution approved October 2014 in support of the EPA Clean Power”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 25, 2015
“Supreme Court Finds Fault With Public Health Protections
High Court leaves lifesaving Mercury and Air Toxics standards in place, but
requires additional process by EPA;
Statement from Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program:
‘Our report, Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People, found that the 6 million people living near power plants in America have a significantly lower average income than Americans nationwide, and a disproportionate number are people of color. The financial interests of corporate entities in maintaining the status quo should not trump protection of the health of these communities.'”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, June 29, 2015
“Solar a Green Economic Game Changer”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 2, 2015
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 3, 2015
“The IN NAACP State Chair of ECJ attended the groundbreaking for IPL and AES advanced battery-based energy storage. This means less CO2 emissions, more reliability, &contract&job opportunity. Solar&Wind Energy, as well as, other electrons can be stored. We applaud efforts that move us closer to a Clean & Renewable Energy Future!”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 8, 2015
“It’s Our Voice Making The Difference In Our Communities”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 10, 2015
“Indiana needs energy Justice for all!”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 13, 2015
“The Indiana NAACP passed a resolution October 2014 calling for coal ash to be treated as a special waste and to be properly disposed.
Folks are drinking, breathing and bathing in coal ash from these power plants. It has mercury, arsenic, lead and more.
Please call your congressperson today July 21-22nd and tell them to make industrial power plants clean up their waste.
STOP THIS BILL NOW. Tell your member of Congress to oppose H.R. 1734 and protect our waters and communities.
It will be voted on tomorrow.
Can you make a phone call to your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to stand up for the new EPA coal ash rule?
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative.
Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out using your ZIP code .
When you call, just let them know your name, where you’re calling from, and this main message:
Hello. My name is [Full Name] from [City and State]. I respectfully request that my U.S. Representative oppose federal legislation that has been introduced to remove coal ash protections. I urge you to put people’s health over polluter profits. Please oppose H.R. 1734.
Check out this video on YouTube:”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 21, 2015
“Catch us tonight at 7:30 pm as we discuss Climate Change&the Clean Power Plan on @CATSTV host Morris @CarltonWJD”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, July 28, 2015
“NAACP Official State On President Obama’s Clean Power Plan”
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, August 4, 2015
“MONDAY AUGUST 10TH DAY OF ACTION ON OZONE
· WHAT YOU CAN DO: TODAY let us all focus on contacting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy between 10:00 AM-4:00 PM EST
· Call: 202-564-4700 and leave your name and affiliation
· Ask to speak with Administrator McCarthy about the need for a strong final ozone limit as close to 60 ppb as possible
· Remind the Administrator or her staffer that clean air is a matter of life and death and that you are counting on EPA to follow the science
· You and your community members deserve to know how safe the air is to breathe
· A strong smog standard is a vital part of the President’s environmental health legacy
· Tweet or post to Facebook echoing your request
· Check out www.asthmafeelslike.org and share with @EPAgov on Twitter
· Last week, the White House and EPA unveiled the first-ever carbon pollution standard for existing power plants.
· On October 1, 2015, EPA has another opportunity to address air pollution and public health impacts from smog or ground-level ozone pollution.
· Many of you signed the attached letter to EPA calling for the strongest smog pollution limits in the range of 60 parts per billion (the current standard is 75 ppb)
· Polluters have coordinated a multi-million dollar media blitz to stop EPA and the White House from adopting a strong health protective ozone limit.
· EPA has a few days left to finalize their proposal and need to hear from the public why clean air and a strong ozone standard is critical:
o EVERYONE deserves to know how safe their air is to breathe
o COMMUNITIES deal with the burdens of dirty air in missed days at work and school and even premature death.
o EPA & THE WHITE HOUSE have an obligation to follow the science and set forth a standard that will clean up the air. Overburdened communities need this relief.
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, August 10, 2015
“The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an economy based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet.
Join the conversation Featuring
Attorney Bryan Bullock August 15th, 2015
Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN
-via Indiana NAACP ECJ on Facebook, August 10, 2015
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