Coming Together for Environmental Justice

Richard Moore presenting

Richard Moore presenting at the Environmental Justice event.

On April 17th at the Mountain View Community Center, a group of 75 people came together to teach and learn about environmental justice.

Richard Moore, director of Los Jardines Institute, provided a moving keynote speech that chronicled many of the local environmental justice battles that he and others have taken on over the past 50 years.

Now that the old Price’s Dairy has been transformed into the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is entering into an agreement with local environmental justice advocates to develop the first-ever environmental justice plan for a federal project that includes locals as decision-makers.

Panel discussion at Environmental Justice event.

Panel discussion at Environmental Justice event.

The event also included a panel discussion with Juan Reynosa (Southwest Organizing Project), Beata Tsosie-Pena (Tewa Women United), Nadine Padilla (Native American Voters Alliance), and Lauro Silva (Mountain View Neighborhood Association).

Sponsors: Southwest Organizing Project and EEANM

Participants: Friends of Valle de Oro, Los Jardines Institute, Tewa Women United, Grow the Future, La Plazita Institute, Juntos NM, Mountain View Neighborhood Association, Native American Voters Alliance, Wilson Middle School, United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

This article was originally published in EE Connections for April 2015 [PDF].