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Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 06:43:10 -0500
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> * DEANNA RIVERS (517) 351-1959  riversde@pilot.msu.edu
> * RENE ROSENBAUM AT (517)432-3383 rosenba5@pilot.msu.edu
> * CYNTHIA FRIDGEN (517) fridgenc@pilot.msu.edu
> * CANR OFFICE (517) 355-6479 agr07@msu.edu
> Women Leaders to Visit MSU
> Leading women voices of environmental justice will gather to address
> "Women in Environmental Justice" in a set of three lectures free to
> the public Nov. 20 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in MSU Union Parlor C as
> part of the Fourth Annual Environmental Justice Lecture Series.
> Lois Gibbs, Hazel Johnson, and Helen Kim will be featured. 
> Lois Gibbs is known for her leadership as a housewife from Love Canal,
> New York and first drew recognition as an international folk heroine
> twenty years ago. She is the executive director of the Center for
> Health, Environment and Justice and is the recipient of over 20
> prestigious awards including the Goldman Environmental Prize for North
> America (1990). She is author of Dying from Dioxin, and Love Canal:
> The Story Continues.
> Hazel Johnson is the founder of People for Community Recovery, the
> nation's only environmental justice organization based in a public
> housing project. Johnson is a resident of the Altgeld Gardens public
> housing project in Chicago working within Chicago's "Toxic Donut."
> People for Community Recovery was awarded the President's
> Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award in 1992. In addition,
> Johnson was one thirteen African Americans in attendance at the United
> Nation Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio De
> Janeiro. 
> Helen Kim has worked as an organizer for Asian Immigrant Women
> Advocates (AIWA) since 1992. AIWA mobilizes through education and
> collective action to empower Asian immigrant women who work in the
> garment, electronics, hotel, nursing home, and janitorial industries.
> Kim has coordinated national support networks for the Garment Workers
> Justice Campaign and has helped to organize protection for garment
> workers with San Francisco-based manufacturers Jessica McClintock,
> Inc., Esprit de Corp., Fritzi of California and Byer California. Helen
> imigrated from Korea when she was twelve years old and grew up near
> Chicago. She studied History at Carlton College and received a J.D.
> degree at the University of Minnesota Law School.
> According to Deanna Rivers, coordinator of the Environmental Justice
> Lecture Series, "A woman's voice in the environmental justice movement
> is as grassroots as it gets." Rivers, who is also a doctoral student
> in the Department of Resource Development, says, "Environmental
> justice seeks to redress the environmental hazard faced unevenly by
> people of low-income and of color. Globally, women forebear unsafe
> living and working conditions more than any other demographic group
> and therefore have a different awareness of how the interlocking
> oppressions of race, class, and gender converge within toxic
> environments. They see the problem from their own standpoint as women,
> as well as from the very real personal standpoint of their daily
> lives." 
> The public lectures are presented by the College of Agriculture Office
> of Diversity and Pluralism and the Department of Resource Development
> and sponsored by .............. 
> ###
> Deanna Rivers
> Resource Development-Urban Studies
> 323 Natural Resources Building
> Michigan State University
> East Lansing, MI  48824-1222
> Riversde@pilot.msu.edu

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