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Racial Healing in Climate & Environmental Justice Organizing

Healing from the effects of racism takes more than one day. Yet, this is a great time and political climate to bring people together, cultivate trust, build relationships, tell the truth about your community or organization’s past and use authentic conversations to guide the future work of the Environmental Justice movement through dialogue about Anti-blackness.

Environmental liberation and injustice is a shifting landscape. We have recently experienced shifts in the demographic of nonprofit EJ leaders who succeeded within so many local organizations for the first time. Front-facing Anti-Black disruptions have been historically commonplace and even demonstrated by so-called values-aligned allies. Internal trust has not been built, the pace at which decision-making occurs trumps even identifying if the internal capacity is available to take on new and emerging work, politics are guiding the EJ movement more than the people especially those who identify as BIPOC.

The goal of our event is to demonstrate a united commitment to creating a safe space for Black people to be authentic, and to pave the way for future conversations that will change the ways EJ organizations work with one another beyond invitations to Black people to “the table”.


• It helps affirm the inherent value of all people in organizations and


• It cultivates a culture of belonging that can advance racial equity

and inclusion.

• It deepens our understanding of the differences in opportunities,

burdens and needs that exist related to how people racially/ethnically


• It restores individuals to wholeness by helping people share their

stories, lean into difficult conversations, constructively engage conflict

and face conscious and unconscious biases.

• It supports relationship building, trust, belonging, authenticity,

constructive dialogue and repairs the damage caused by systemic


• It builds community.

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