Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm, March 10, 2006
Location: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Event Overview:

The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy and the Environmental Justice Committee of the Boalt Environmental Law Society co-hosted the Spring 2006 Hurricane Katrina-Environmental Justice Symposium.

Our intentions for the Symposium were multiple: to educate interested individuals and groups about the causes and effects of Hurricane Katrina on the environment and communities of color in the Gulf; to bring together the environmental justice communities of the Gulf Region and the Bay Area to convene and connect in order to learn about one another’s work, strengthen existing relationships and re-energize for future action; and to generally raise awareness about the intersection and confluence of the movements for racial and environmental justice.

We began the day by hearing directly from a panel of survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The second panel focused on giving context to the disaster and the ongoing environmental justice organizing in New Orleans. Following the keynote address, a panel discussed what environmental justice impacts a natural disaster might cause in the Bay Area. Finally, we concluded with a panel concentrating on the just rebuilding of New Orleans and how the EJ movement can move forward following Katrina.


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Friday, March 10th
9:30 AM


Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean, Boalt Hall School of Law

Booth Auditorium

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM

Eyewitness to Katrina: Firsthand Accounts of Survival

Raymond Rock, III, New Orleans Survivor
Rachana Patel, Emergency Medical Technician, Superdome
Ralph Abdul Aleem, New Orleans Evacuee
Kim Dung Nguyen, Case Manager, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, New Orleans

Booth Auditorium

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Katrina in an Environmental Justice Context: A Catalyst for Organizing

Monique Harden, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Julie Sze, Professor, UC Davis
CC Campbell-Rock, Hurricane Evacuees Council

Booth Auditorium

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Soul Food Luncheon & Informal Brainstorming Session

Various Speakers

Booth Auditorium

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

1:30 PM

Keynote Address

Dr. Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Booth Auditorium

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

2:45 PM

Bringing it Local: Environmental Justice and Natural Disasters in California

Gray Brechin, Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Dept of Geography
Margalynne Armstrong, Professor, Santa Clara School of Law
Ansje Miller, Redefining Progress
Dr. Henry Clark, West County Toxics Coalition

Booth Auditorium

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

4:00 PM

Rebuilding: Envisioning a Just Future

Na'Taki Osbourne, National Wildlife Federation
Gopal Dayaneni, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Tamika Middleton, Critical Resistance

Booth Auditorium

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00 PM

Concluding Reception

Various Speakers

Booth Auditorium

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM