Fighting for Environmental Justice in the South Bronx

Fighting for Environmental Justice in the South Bronx

February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Please join the Forum on Racial and Environmental Equity and Justice for:

Fighting for Environmental Justice in the South Bronx 
Thursday, February 23
6-7:15 pm, Room: 4-370
* Dinner Provided *

Guest Speaker: Alexie Torres-Fleming

Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 20

This event is being co-sponsored by Fossil Free MIT, Environmental Policy and Planning, Black Graduate Student Association, Black Student Union, Latino Cultural Center and Radius.

About Alexie Torres-Fleming:

Alexie grew up in the South Bronx during the late 1960s and 1970s where fires destroyed her borough. As an adult, Alexie moved to the neighboring Manhattan, where she became active in grassroots organizations. Through faith and a desire to rebuild communities, she founded the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), where she worked with youth to clean the brownfields of the borough and provide access to the Bronx River. She continues to spread to spread these messages on a national scale. Alexie is a nationally recognized activist, having served on President Obama’s Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Join us to hear the passion and power of AlexieTorres-Fleming during this lecture and meet-and-greet.

About the Forum on Racial and Environmental Equity and Justice:

Are you drawn to better understand issues of the environment? Are you seeking to better understand systemic racism and oppression? The environment and racism are intimately tied together – consider the current water crises in Flint, Michigan and Standing Rock, North Dakota. Understanding the intersections of these issues is crucial to affecting change.

We present the Forum on Racial and Environmental Equity and Justice, a series of events at MIT focusing on environmental racism and justice. Co-sponsors include Fossil Free MIT, Black Graduate Student Association, Black Student Union, Environmental Policy and Planning, RADIUS, Latino Cultural Center, MIT’s Philosophy Department and the Institute Community and Equity Officer.