Kari Fulton is an award winning environmental justice advocate and new media journalist. Recently, Fulton was appointed as the Interim Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. In her previous position as the National Youth Campaign Coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) Fulton led EJCC’s partnership with the Energy Action Coalition helping to coordinate national campus campaigns and youth summits such as Power Shift 2009; the largest lobby day and youth summit on Climate Change in United States history. The EJCC youth program supports a new generation of change agents through workshops, leadership development and assistance in building campus and community initiatives.
In April of 2009, Fulton co-founded Checktheweather.TV (formerly Checktheweather.net) a national online community and web platform to amplify the voices of young people of color advocating for environmental justice. Fulton has traveled across the United States, Europe and Latin America reporting on international Climate Change conferences and negotiations. Fulton’s work has been featured in various media including Black Entertainment Television (BET), The Sundance Channel, MSNBC and Glamour Magazine. Most recently, Ebony Magazine listed Fulton in their 2010 Power 100 list. Fulton is a native of Denver, Colorado, a proud alumna of the Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications and a current resident of Washington, DC.
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Tom is Dine’ and Dakota and lives in Minnesota. Since the late 1980’s, Tom has been involved with environmental related issues and programs working within tribal governments in developing indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom works with indigenous peoples worldwide. Tom is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America addressing toxics and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice; co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!; a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tom is a policy advisor to indigenous communities on environmental protection and more recently on climate policy focusing on mitigation, adaptation and concerns of false solutions. Tom networked with the Society for Threatened Peoples, and other researchers and writers on publishing a booklet for Indigenous peoples on False Solutions of Climate Change. Tom co-authored the REDD Booklet, an indigenous publication reporting the risks and dangers of the implementation of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) within indigenous territories.
Environmental justice scholar and activist is the founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans. The Center addresses environmental and health inequities along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and is a community/university partnership providing education, training, and job placement. Since Hurricane Katrina, the Center has focused largely on research, policy, community outreach, assistance, and the education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans.
Dr. Wright served as the co-chair of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Taskforce for New Orleans Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s transition team. She is currently serving on the Ethics Review Board for the City of New Orleans and is a member of the board of the Tony Mizzocchi Center of the United Steelworkers of America. She has served on the Corps of Engineers’ Environmental Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Affairs’ Brownfields Consortium, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the New Orleans’ Select Committee for the Sewerage and Water Board, chaired the 2002 Second National People of Color Leadership Summit, and currently co-chairs the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative, is a member of the Commission Delegation to the U.N. Conference on Climate Change (COP15) and serves as the president of the African American Women of Purpose and Power in New Orleans. Dr. Wright received the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award in 2006, the 2008 EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition 2008 Community Award, the Ford Motor Company’s Freedom’s Sisters Award in July of 2009, the prestigious 2009 Heinz Award as well as the 2010 Beta Kappa Chi Humanitarian Assistance Award bestowed by the National Institute of Science.
José is a leader in Californian and national chemicals policy reform work, and Green Chemistry as a member of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE). CHANGE is an alliance of health, environmental, labor, resource organizations and EJ organizations throughout California. Also, José is on the steering committee of the State Alliance for Federal Reform of Chemicals Policy (SAFER). SAFER is an alliance of organizations in key states working to create a pre-market testing system and regulation for all chemicals. José works directly with Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities and Labor (Organized and Unorganized). José’s work in social justice issues is rooted in his upbringing in the Southern California farm fields alongside both his parents. José has also worked on immigrant rights issues since his days as a student organizer in the 80’s to the present. José has participated in the Environmental Justice movement since 1990, over the years he has gained recognition as a national and international leader in the EJ movement. José is also serves on the board of Communities for a Better Environment.
Robert D. Bullard is the Edmund Asa Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. Professor Bullard is the author of sixteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. He has been described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of thirteen Environmental Leaders of the Century. His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005), Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Professor Bullard is co-author of In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987-2007 (United Church of Christ Witness & Justice Ministries, 2007). His latest books are Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009) and Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States (American Public Health Association Press, forthcoming April 2011).
Mr. Cecil D. Corbin-Mark is a life-long resident of Hamilton Heights in Harlem, New York, where his family has lived for the last six decades. He is the former Vice-President of his neighborhood association, and the former Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Committee of his Community Planning Board. He devotes a lot of time to mentoring young people, he serves as a mentor through the Friends of Island Academy – a program to assist formerly incarcerated teens. He is also a big brother to several young men and women from his neighborhood. And Cecil has financed and run several summer basketball teams for neighborhood youth.
A political science major at Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., Cecil has always maintained an avid interest in local, national, and international politics. He was the Vice President of the Hunter College Academic Senate, a governing policy body at that institution, and President of the Hunter College Political Science Club. His graduate work in political science at Oxford University in the United Kingdom focused on radical political traditions of Africans of the Diasporas in the Americas.
Cecil either currently sits on, or has in the past served on, the following environmental boards, coalitions and committees: New York Jobs with Justice, Center for Environmental Health, Urban Wet Weather FACA for the U.S. EPA, the New York State DEC Urban Air Toxic Committee, New York State Cumulative Risk Assessment Work Group, New York City DEP Water Quality Citizen Advisory Committee, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, Clean Air Network, Association for Clean Water Action, Clean Products/Clean Production Network, Environmental Justice Fund, Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods, the NYC Environmental Education Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Northeast Environmental Justice Network.
Cecil has lectured on the environment and environmental justice at Hunter College, Teacher’s College, The College of Mount St. Vincent, Buffalo State, Cornell University, Yale School of Forestry, and Columbia University School of Public Health.
Mr. Moore served as the Executive Director of Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (Southwest Network), in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from1993 to 2010. He came to Southwest Network after 12 years with the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) where he was the lead organizer and primary trainer of SWOP’s organizing model. As a widely respected national leader in area of environmental justice, Mr. Moore has served on numerous government and nongovernmental committees and panels, including the National Council of Churches EcoJustice Task Force and the Congressional Black Caucus National Environmental Policy Commission. In 2010 Moore transitioned from director of SNEEJ to Senior Advisor. He currently is the program director for Los Jardines Institute in Albequerque New Mexico. Los Jardines is a member of the Environmental Justice & Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform through this alliance Los Jardines advocates for stronger, safer and just chemical policies. Mr. Moore is a recipient of the 2005 Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award http://www.leadershipforchange.org/awardees/awardee.php3?ID=321
Genaro Lopez-Rendon grew up in South Texas in a working class family with strong Mexican and Chicano roots. As a young child he began fighting for justice, participating in actions and marches with his family. Genaro first did an internship with Southwest Workers Union (SWU), then started organizing with SWU in 1999 as an organizing trainee and soon afterward the Environmental Justice Organizer. He focused on organizing and empowering the community affected by the contamination from the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. Since becoming the Director, Genaro has helped define and focus the organization’s work towards South by Southwest alliance building and creating regional, national, and international movements while simultaneously expanding SWU’s local organizing and impact. Genaro sits on the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum and was instrumental in organizing the People’s Freedom Caravan, a ‘social forum on wheels’ working with over 80 organizations, 500 people traveling through 6 states, to the first USSF in 2007 in Atlanta. Genaro is on the Steering Committee of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative and on the board of the Gulf Coast Fund both of which focus on climate and environmental justice issues.