Among its priorities, JUUstice Washington has committed to the expansion of our Environmental Justice efforts this year, due to the cascade of catastrophic climate events, the ongoing presence of COVID-19 and the environmental implications of it and other potential pandemics, the rollbacks on environmental regulations and underfunding of environmental programs and agencies both on State and Federal levels, increases in air, water and land pollution, razing of forests and intense wildfires, increases in extractive industry projects, increases in species extinction and the urgent need for mitigation of warming and a myriad of other environmental crises across the globe – all with special emphasis on impacted communities.
To help reinvigorate the environmental justice action team and prepare them for tackling these issues, JUUstice Washington is grateful to have received a grant from the Fund for UU Social Responsibility. We have hired two wonderful facilitators to connect with congregations and build leadership teams. For information on this initiative and more about action teams, contact Larkin & Sahar at email@example.com.
Summit Environmental Justice Panel
10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Ana Maria De La Rosa is a Senior Grassroots Organizer with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). She specifically works with the Migrant Justice and Climate-Forced Displacement campaigns. Ana Maria is a first generation daughter of Latinx immigrants and her organizing style is rooted in diasporic analysis of the Black and Brown experience in the U.S. Her strategy for organizing globally-building locally is in part shaped by her U.S. Peace Corps service in Northern Peru as a Community Health Organizer. She is dedicated to supporting historically oppressed communities in building healing-centered engagement strategies for building power, dismantling racism, and connecting with joy.
Aly Tharp is the Program Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) and Climate Justice strategist for the UUA. She is a member of Wildflower UU Church in Austin, TX, and has been leading various national UU climate justice programs for six years. Aly’s greatest joy & passion is building community power for social change through art, culture, and food.
Xolotl Edgar Franx is the Political and Campaign Director with Familias Unidas de la Justicia.
JUUstice Washington’s Revitalization Project
JUUstWa has recently launched a revitalization project, as such we have two new skilled interns, Larkin and Sahar, who will be working toward building our racial justice, environmental justice, and RIMS refugee, immigrant, migrant worker solidarity area focuses into greater action and sustainability. If you are an individual, organization, or congregation hoping to go deeper into justice work on these or any of our area focuses. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org take their outreach or volunteer survey, or join their monthly strategy sessions.
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