2017 Coalition Against Environmental Racism 23rd Annual CAER Conference

“Wisdom in Water: Protecting a Universal Right”

CAER is a University of Oregon student organization committed to bridging the gaps of social and environmental equality. Environmental Racism addresses the fact that underprivileged people, specifically communities of color, are disproportionately impacted by pollution, waste disposal, hazardous sites, resource depletion, and natural disasters in the natural and built environment. CAER exists as a resistance to this inequality, and as a strong and visible piece of the Environmental Justice Movement — a movement composed of the mobilization of people, communities, and organizations committed to fighting Environmental Racism in urban and rural settings across the country and the world.

The theme for our conference this year is centered around water due to the recent struggles the state of Oregon and the nation face in regards to clean water and access.

We have the honor of hosting the Father of Environmental Justice as our keynote speaker. Robert D. Bullard is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice <http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2006/03/14/dicum/>. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of 17 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White
<http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/17/pysk.bullard/index.html> . In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century <http://www.bet.com/news/national/photos/2011/04/top-black-environmentalists.html#!042111-news-national-environment-robert-bullard>. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA).

Please join us to discuss these important issues, to learn about Environmental Justice advocates’ work and discuss ways in which we can continue to restore ourselves and our communities.

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9:00 AM – Free Breakfast – Straub Hall Atrium

10:00-10:15 AM – Welcome – CAER Organizers – Straub Hall

10:15-11:15 AM – Panel Presentation – Straub Hall

Huy Ong with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Lisa Arkin with Beyond Toxics

11:15-11:30 AM – Break

11:30-12:30 AM – LNG Pipeline Organizing – Straub Hall

Hannah Sohl Co-Founder and Director at Rogue Climate

12:45- 1:45 PM – Lunch – Redwood Auditorium

2:00-3:50 PM – Workshop Presentation – “What We Stand For” – Straub Hall

Winnemen Wintu Tribal Spritual Leader – Chief Caleen Sisk,

Winnemen Wintu Tribe Cultural Preservation Officer- Pompahatot Tuiymiyali,

Representatives of the Mauna Kea ‘Ohana Na Kia’I Mauna, Idle No More Hawai’i Warriors Rising and Idle No More Mauna Kea – Pua Case and <https://www.facebook.com/hawane.rios> Hāwane Rios

4:00-5:30 PM – Keynote Speaker – Straub Hall

Father of Environmental Justice Dr. Robert Bullard

6:00 PM – Dinner – Global Scholars Hall

7:00 PM – Closing – Global Scholars Hall

We thank our sponsors for your contributions to this conference:

University of Oregon Department of Ethnic Studies

University of Oregon Environmental Studies

University of Oregon Native American Studies

Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies

University of Oregon Sociology Department

University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.


University of Oregon Career Center

Holden Center

Radical Organizing Activist Resource Center – ROAR

UO Student Sustainability Center