Environmental Justice Committee

Updated: October 17, 2017
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OUR FOCUS | SANDY/5 MARCH & RALLY | CALENDAR | RESOURCES AND LINKS

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Click HERE for details and how you can join the PSC at this important rally and march on Saturday, October 28th.

OVERVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE

OUR FOCUS: Climate change is a fact. The wider and deeper the understanding of its nature, its causes and its impact, the more effective the PSC can be in crafting an appropriate response.

TeachScience.jpgClearly, in the realm of public policy, responses to climate change raise questions of environmental justice that, directly and indirectly, now and over the long term, affect the CUNY community and the city of which it is a crucial part. We believe that the PSC must work actively within the university and with allies outside to share information and mobilize support for initiatives that place racial and class equity at the center of public responses to the climate crisis. Our particular focus is the CUNY community and its constituency.

Elizabeth Yampierre, one of several community activists speaking at our Nov. 30 Climate Justice Forum.
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The Environmental Justice Working Group will:

  • work with our City University partners to widen and deepen the understanding across the CUNY community of the nature, causes and impact of climate change
  • take a census of faculty who teach climate change-related courses as well as those who administer climate related initiatives centrally and on the campuses;
  • coordinate CUNY-wide discussions of the possibilities for information sharing and collaboration;
  • support CUNY’s clean energy and community solar efforts, and the many campus-based initiatives that elevate environmental justice issues through teaching, activism, and the building of community a
  • work to define a distinctive PSC perspective on what an environmental justice agenda for CUNY should look like;
  • evaluate the most effective ways to collaborate with environmental justice groups outside the university, and particularly our sister unions;
  • hold forums and workshops to facilitate the above.

We believe that these objectives are not only legitimate in themselves for a social movement union, but have the potential to draw additional members to an active role in union life.

CALENDAR:

Environmental Justice Committee Meetings

  • Monday, Oct, 16, 6-8 pm at the PSC
  • Monday, Nov. 13, 6-8 pm at the PSC
  • Monday, Dec. 11, 6-8 pm at the PSC

CUNY Campus Events

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  • PSC EJ Meeting, Carman Hall Room 201
    Tuesday, October 17 5-6 pm

Beyond CUNY/ Beyond NYC -- National and Regional Events

5 YEARS AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY
WE REMEMBER. WE RESIST. WE RISE

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Saturday, October 28, 11am

Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy took lives, destroyed homes, and flooded subways. Like in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, the people hit hardest by Sandy were the poor, people of color, immigrants, and our already most vulnerable communities.

New York’s elected officials must protect us from the impacts of climate change and lead a just transition to a renewable energy economy. We cannot wait any longer. On October 28th, we will assemble and march over the Brooklyn Bridge, and then rally at the Alfred E. Smith Houses on the lower east side in Manhattan.

On October 28th, let’s march to demand a better future.

The PSC, working through its Environmental Justice Committee, is one of the endorsers of this march and rally,

Assembly Area Map
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Two subway stops are just minutes away from our 11 am PSC assembly point at the corner of Pineapple Walk and Cadman Plaza West: High Street/Brooklyn Bridge (A & C) and Clark Street (2 & 3).

Schedule of the day's events:

  • 11 am - 12:30 pm: Assembly and pre-march rally. (PSC will meet at 11 am at the corner of Pineapple Walk and Cadman Plaza West. See map above)
  • 12:30 - 2:30 pm: March across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Alfred E. Smith Houses, 21 St. James Place.
  • 2;30 - 4:30 pm: Closing rally and mass participation art event at the Smith Houses, 21 St. James Place.

Map of Smith Houses and vicinity
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The nearest subways to the Alfred E. Smith Houses are: Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (4,5 & 6), City Hall (R & W) and Chambers Street (J & Z).

This is a family friendly event. Bring your kids, friends, colleagues, relatives! Spread the word!

For more details about the Sandy5 event, go to https://sandy5.org.

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

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CUNY and New York