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Lindsay Meiman, lindsay@350.org

350.org Holds Webinar on Dismantling White Supremacy, Calls on Climate Movement to Prioritize Racial Justice and Show Up for Black Lives

WASHINGTON - As tens of thousands across the country continue the demand for justice for George Floyd and Black lives everywhere, 350.org is conducting a webinar for our supporters and base to learn more about our organizational commitment to dismantling white supremacy. We see this work as critical to advancing a multi-racial movement for climate justice and we know that there is no just transition to a renewable energy economy without addressing systemic extraction, harm, and violence towards Black communities. Read our statement reinforcing our commitment to dismantling white supremacy here. 

What:  Join 350.org's webinar to hear from our US team, partners and frontline organizers about ways you can show up in this moment. We will be getting politically aligned around what it means to center racial justice and equity in our work to stop the climate crisis, ways to take part in dismantling white supremacy, and actions that our supporters can take to show up for Black lives. 

When: TODAY, Thursday, June 4th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST

RSVP Link: bit.ly/dismantlewhitesupremacy 

Speakers:

Speaker Bios:

Oluchi Omeoga is a trainer and is a Minnesota-born Trans Igbo organizer who still lives and organizes in Minneapolis, Minnesota today. Oluchi is a co-creator and Core Team member of Black Visions Collective, a black-led local organization working in Minnesota. Prior to becoming the National Organizer, Oluchi was also co-founder/ steering committee member of the Black LGTBTQ+ Migrant Project, or BLMP. BLMP is focused on bringing most marginalized folks together to work toward liberation. 

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is the former Director of Community Organizing at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is a father, husband, longtime community organizer and educator from Central Brooklyn. As a member and organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Mr. Akinwole-Bandele helped establish its campaign to counter police abuse and misconduct. He also co-founded the world renowned Black August Hip Hop Project. Black August raises awareness and support for political prisoners in the United States. From 2002 to 2007 Lumumba served as a counselor and lecturer at Medgar Evers College/CUNY. Lumumba is the current Co-Director Movement for Black Lives. 

Sam Grant is the Executive Director of MN350. He has been a lifelong organizer around the intersections of economic, cultural and environmental justice. His environmental justice work, whether in Minneapolis, West Africa, or anywhere in the world centers on building the embodied dreaming energy of people to live their truth force today to contribute their lifeforce to the necessary tasks of mutual liberation. He recognizes ending police violence and climate injustice as tightly coupled in the work to end all forms of structural violence, ecocide and genocide. He has been a transformative justice organizer and educator since the mid 1980s.

Dominique Thomas is an activist, organizer, researcher and black feminist based in Harlem, NY. In her current position, she serves as the NY and Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer for 350.org, an international climate movement organization. Prior to 350, she was an organizer with Black Youth Project (BYP100) NY, where she organized around housing injustice. In her current position, she is responsible for building a multiracial base of organizers and activists affected by climate change. Her interests include strategizing from the intersections of climate change, structural systems of oppression, such environmental racism and in particular in relation to Black communities. 

Cherrell Brown is a lead organizer at 350.org, and has been organizing against state sanctioned violence for over a decade. She’s also a social justice educator, and often spends Summers teaching young people about community organizing with Sadie Nash Leadership Project. She hails from North Carolina, but currently calls Atlanta home. She loves all things Southern- including savory grits and OutKast and dreams of a world without prisons.

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