Environmental Justice on Chicago’s Southeast Side: Local Activists Speak at RU on Nov. 2

As part of RU’s Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project‘s 2016 Distinguished Environmental Justice Lecture Series this fall (and in recognition of #CampusSustainabilityMonth), Cheryl Johnson (President, People for Community Recovery), Peggy Salazar (Board Member and past Director, Southeast Environmental Task Force [SEETF]), and Tom Shepherd (past President, Southeast Environmental Task Force) will visit Roosevelt on Wed., November 2nd, and discuss sustainable alternatives on the Southeast Side of Chicago.

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Petcoke Pile in Southeast Chicago (Photo by Emily Brosious)

Cheryl Johnson is the longtime president for the People of Community Recovery, one of the nation’s oldest environmental justice organizations working in communities of color.

Peggy Salazar is a board member and past Director of SEETF and has been a strong advocate for social and environmental change and clean, just, economic development on the Southeast Side of Chicago for decades.

Thomas Shepherd is the current President and longest serving board member of SEETF. The organization’s current campaigns include stopping the Koch Brothers’ transport and irresponsible management of Petcoke on the Calumet River.

Please attend this special environmental justice activism event in the Sullivan Room on November 2nd from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Held on RU’s Chicago Campus, 425 S. Wabash Ave., downtown Chicago, AUD building 2nd floor.

For more information, please contact Prof. Bethany Baratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu

 

 

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Today’s lecture by Kim Wasserman Cancelled; To Be Rescheduled

The scheduled talk at 4pm today (Oct. 19th) by LVEJO’s Kim Wasserman at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus unfortunately has been cancelled due to illness. We will broadcast updated information on this event once it has been rescheduled for later this semester.

In the meantime, please check this page for more information on the Fall 2016 “Just By Nature” environmental justice activism lecture series at RU, sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project.

 

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Kim Wasserman of LVEJO Talks #EnvironmentalJustice at RU this Wednesday, Oct. 19th

As part of RU’s Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project‘s 2016 Distinguished Environmental Justice Lecture Series this fall (and in recognition of #CampusSustainabilityMonth), the Executive Director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Kim Wasserman, will give a talk entitled “The Displacement of Environmental Justice” this Wednesday, Oct. 19th, at RU.

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Exectuive Director Kim Wasserman (source: LVEJO)

Wasserman, a native of the Little Village neighborhood, is a 2013 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for leading the successful lobbying campaign for the passage of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance that resulted in the Crawford and Fisk coal-fired power plants to be shut down. She now serves as Executive Director for LVEJO and oversees the organization’s community organizing efforts to built community rootedness, increase access to green space, improve public transportation, and hold individuals accountable for the remaining toxic sites in the neighborhood.

Please attend this special environmental justice activism event in the Sullivan Room on Wed., October 19th, from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Held on RU’s Chicago Campus, 425 S. Wabash Ave., downtown Chicago, AUD building 2nd floor.

For more information, please contact Prof. Bethany Baratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu

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Roosevelt Faculty & Staff Encouraged To Attend RU / FPDCC Partnership Exploratory Meeting on Oct. 20th

How can the largest forest preserve district in the United States (over 69,000 acres) support the teaching, research, and/or service goals of our university? RU faculty and staff are invited to come think out loud together about a partnership between Roosevelt University and the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPDCC) with two FDPCC staff members. Interested RU faculty and staff will meet Oct. 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. in RM 812 AUD (The Center for Teaching and Learning). You can join the discussion via web conference through Zoom (https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/942452116).

Free print materials (FPCC countywide maps, FPCC regional maps) and a lending copy of “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County,” an hour-long documentary are available from Mary Hauser at 312-341-2440 (or mhauser@roosevelt.edu). A brief preview of the documentary can be seen here.

The potential scholarly, educational, and mission-related connections to this incredible public resource are numerous and only limited by our collective imagination. Whether you’ll be joining us or you’re unable to attend but are interested, please send an RSVP via email to the Center for Teaching and Learning (ctl@roosevelt.edu).

Mary Hauser, Executive Secretary
Address replies to: mhauser@roosevelt.edu

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Kim Wasserman of LVEJO Speaks on Environmental Justice at RU next Wednesday, Oct. 19th

As part of RU’s Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project‘s 2016 Distinguished Environmental Justice Lecture Series this fall (and in recognition of #CampusSustainabilityMonth), the Executive Director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Kim Wasserman, will give a talk entitled “The Displacement of Environmental Justice.”

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Exectuive Director Kim Wasserman (source: LVEJO)

Wasserman, a native of the Little Village neighborhood, is a 2013 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for leading the successful lobbying campaign for the passage of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance that resulted in the Crawford and Fisk coal-fired power plants to be shut down. She now serves as Executive Director for LVEJO and oversees the organization’s community organizing efforts to built community rootedness, increase access to green space, improve public transportation, and hold individuals accountable for the remaining toxic sites in the neighborhood.

Please attend this special environmental justice activism event in the Sullivan Room on October 19th from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Held on RU’s Chicago Campus, 425 S. Wabash Ave., downtown Chicago, AUD building 2nd floor.

For more information, please contact Prof. Bethany Baratt, Director, Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, at bbarratt@roosevelt.edu

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Next Monday, Join “Expedition Arctic: A Journey to the Seafloor and Beyond” with RU Prof Michele Hoffman (Oct. 17th, 4pm)

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SUST prof Michele Hoffman Trotter in her natural element: filming underwater!

SUST prof Michele Hoffman Trotter in her natural element: filming underwater!

In recognition of October as #CampusSustainabilityMonth, the Sustainability Studies Program will host a presentation by SUST adjunct professor Michele Hoffman Trotter entitled Expedition Arctic: A Journey to the Seafloor and Beyond on Monday, October 17th, 2016, at 4 p.m. at the Chicago Campus (AUD Spertus Lounge).

Professor Hoffman Trotter will treat audience members with tales of her arctic research expedition to Alaska this summer to do field research and filming for her documentary film project Microcosm, a study of marine micro-biodiversity and its relation to pollution and climate change.

Steller sea lions (M. Hoffman)

Steller sea lions (M. Hoffman)

This event is free and open to all members of the Roosevelt community as well as the general public. Visitors should enter RU at 425 S. Wabash Ave and check in with security to receive a visitor’s pass, then proceed to right and up to the 2nd floor of the Auditorium Building and thence to the Spertus Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

For those who cannot attend in person, please join us via Zoom video-conference:

  • PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/472684184
  • iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,472684184# or +16465588656,472684184#
  • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (US Toll Free)

RSVP and send any questions to Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu / 312.281.3148), professor and director of Sustainability Studies.

Stay tuned to our blog and social media pages as we share exciting and engaging events throughout Campus Sustainability Month at Roosevelt.

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SUST Field Trip to Angelic Organics Farm Planned for this Sunday, Oct. 9th

SUST prof Vicki Gerberich and SUST major Laura Miller Hill at the Angelic Organics Farm, Oct 2015

SUST prof Vicki Gerberich and SUST major Laura Miller Hill at the Angelic Organics Farm, Oct 2015

This semester’s SUST 230 Food online class, taught by Prof. Vicki Gerberich, plans to head out to Angelic Organics Farm in Caledonia IL this Sunday, October 9th, for a tour of a working biodynamic organic farm founded by Farmer John Peterson.

Angelic Organics is a Community Supported Agriculture farm, growing vegetables and herbs for Chicago-area households since 1991. The tour will be from 12pm – 2pm on Sunday October 9th and will cost $15. Friends and family are welcome, too!

Transportation to the farm — located about 75 minutes west of Schaumburg at 1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia — will be either on your own or coordinated individually for carpooling. This is a really awesome opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the workings of a local, family-owned, community-driven farm. Dress for the weather and prepare to be outside!

Angelic Organics Learning Center, c. 2012

Angelic Organics Learning Center, c. 2012

If interested in attending, please contact Vicki Gerberich no later than Saturday, October 8th, by 8pm. Email Vicki at vgerberich@roosevelt.edu with your confirmation, and be sure to include names and how many will be attending. Children are welcome to attend, but, please keep in mind that this is a working farm and those older than 12 years are encouraged.

Learn more about Angelic Organics here: http://learngrowconnect.org/

Vegetable fields at Angelic Organics Farm, summer 2011 (M. Bryson)

Vegetable fields at Angelic Organics Farm, summer 2011 (M. Bryson)

 

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