Frontline Fellows Class One

The Energy Action Coalition Environmental Justice Collective launched the pilot class of the program in October of 2011. Fellows participated in a weekend training in Chester, Pennsylvania hosted by Chester Green an initiative of the Energy Justice Network. Please view TheEJCC’s Class One Frontline Fellows below. Also don’t forget to check out for fellow updates from the frontlines!

Marrico Gill

Marrico Gill is a proud husband and father who is works digilently to empower the residents of Mississippi and his local community of D’Iberville, Mississippi. Gill has established relationships with many organizations and leaders in the community. He is the Political Action Chairman for the Biloxi Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Boardmember of Bible Way Ministries and a Saving Our Schools Coalition Member. Gill also works closely with Dr. Persharon Dixon of Coastal Family Health Center Mobile Unit.

Gill noticed within his community numerous issues being ignored, mainly because he
felt the local organizations were out of sync with the people in the community. Gill works to bridge the gap between the corporate world and the community.His family dubs him as Mr. C.N.N. as he is often states,”Just like C.N.N. I will continue to observe and report when no one else will.”

During Gill’s fellowship he worked to support the STEPS Coalition, a Mississippi based Environmental Justice organization.

Falon Shackelford

Falon Shackelford is a junior Political Science and History double major with a minor in Community Development studying at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Interested in issues of environmental justice, housing rights for low-income individuals and families, and organizing around issues affecting predominantly People of Color, Falon currently volunteers with various grassroots and community led organizations in Washington D.C. Falon Shackelford was a Young People For Fellow (2011-2012), Green For All Ambassador ( 2011-2012). Currently, Falon is working on providing community scans and environmental awareness work for communities in Ivy City and the Shaw region of Washington D.C. She hopes to expand the definition of environmental awareness from mainstream organizing to the understanding of environmentalism as a centerpiece of human health and justice.

Stephawn Spears

Stephawn is an undergraduate student at Dillard University majoring in Communications. Spears is a native of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005 his family relocated to Fort Worth Texas. Spears is known for his witty jokes and on-point commentary as a deejay on WDUB. Dillard’s student radio station. Spears organizational adviser during the fellowship was the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University (DSCEJ). In December of 2011, Spears served as a delegate for the Growing HBCU Voices on Climate Change Initiative and traveled with DSCEJ and TheEJCC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa.