EJ Training May 16th

OPAL invites community members of East Portland and Gresham to learn and become engaged around environmental justice issues.  OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon is organizing and educating specifically around issues of transit justice and health, working with bus riders, long-time community residents, and in neighborhoods that have been historically absent from important decisions about our environment.  Our wonderful City of Portland, City of Gresham, and the Clackamas-Multnomah-Washington Tri-County Region, is rapidly growing.

New residents are coming from across America, and across the World, and East Portland will become a major new urban center.  East Portland is also home to Oregon’s immigrants, working-class, and African-American communities displaced from N/NE Portland.  How will we protect and support a healthy quality of life?  How will we address the disparities and inequalities we experience, in our transportation options, in our economic development, in our exposure to toxics and bad air?

Community Environmental Justice Training 101
Sunday, May 16th, 2010
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
OPAL Office 2407 SE 49th Ave (at Division)

TriMet: #4 Division Bus
Free Training.  RSVP with Joseph (503)928-4354 or joseph @opalpdx.org.
Childcare available
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is environmental justice? Environmental Justice is the right to a clean and safe place for all people where we live, work, play, study, and pray.
Why attend this EJ training?  This is an opportunity to understand the connections between racism, economics and environment, and to meet other people who live in East Portland who are concerned about their health, and a clean and safe neighborhood.  We believe it is important to build relationships within the community in order to have the knowledge and empowerment to work for solutions together.
How do I get more involved? OPAL is recruiting new volunteers to participate in our grassroots education and organizing for environmental justice.  This training is the best first step to getting more engaged, meeting new people, and becoming a part of our organization.  (OPAL Involvement Page)
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