May 31, 2012 TheEJCC partnered with the Energy Action coalition to host a training for the second class of the Frontline Fellowship Program. Fellows will work through out the summer to research and raise awareness on key discussions for Environmental Justice and sustainability concerning African-American communities and institutions. Please read below to learn more about Fellowship class two. Don’t forget to visit our tumblr for the latest updates!
Graduate student at Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Flowers is a native of Seattle Washington and is passionate about Urban Planning and Environmental policy. She served as a delegate with the Growing HBCU Voices on Climate Change Initiative a program of TheEJCC, The Deep South Center For Environmental Justice at Dillard University and The Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative. Flowers has represented the initiative at United Nations conferences in Durban South Africa and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Sheika Reid is a native of Washington, DC who is passionate about social justice, indie culture and artivism. Reid’s interest in activism surged after joining the OccupyDC movement. During OccupyDC, Reid utilized her skill for event planning to draw awareness to racial and economic disparities in the Criminal Justice system.. Reid has helped coordinate a number of events including a concert for the Keep DC Wal-mart Free campaign featuring hip-hop group Dead Prez and a national rally in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Reid also serves as a production intern with Washington, DC Pacifica public radio station WPFW 89.3 fm.
Payton Wilkins is a 22 year Political Science and History major and Finance and Economics minor at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has been shadowing the footsteps of many great scholars, and environmental justice advocates for nearly 20 years. Through this journey he has accumulated a plethora of knowledge and abilities, as well as an unparalleled passion for the social advancement and economic equality for all disadvantaged and underprivileged people. His love for community and culture fuels a self-endowed obligation to preserve the traditions that render the cultural integrity necessary to dismantle hegemonic influences. He has volunteered and worked with multiple organizations such as The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Green Doors Initiative, Detroit Public Schools, Golightly Summer Jams Summer Camp, The Vanguard Project, and The African American World Festival, he also tutors elementary and middle school children twice a week. Through a continuing journey of equality he has received the Spirit of Detroit Award for an outstanding achievement of service to the citizens of Detroit. He has been invited to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Offices Building to provide input to the Cabinet of the President of the United States on a clean energy economy. Payton, plans on practicing law in Detroit, to further assist in the pursuit of a clean and sustainable future.