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Climate Justice and Racial Justice Webinar
Have you wondered … How do racial justice and climate justice intersect? … Should we keep these topics separate to gain support from white communities? … If your congregation or community is working on anti-racism, is there debate about whether to also tackle climate or only focus on one issue at a time?
Join our April Community Connector webinar for a vital conversation about how and why climate justice depends on addressing racial justice. Our guest speakers will discuss the historical intertwining of racism, policing, and climate damage. They will also make connections to Minnesota’s current context amidst the trial of Derek Chauvin.
MNIPL’s monthly Community Connector webinar is for everyone!
Dr. raj sethuraju is a recovering criminologist and survivor of sexual abuse. He serves as Associate Professor at Metropolitan State and is a board member for MNIPL. Dr. raj has more than two decades of community-based activism as a researcher and educator. Inspired by the resilience of the youth and the men in our prison systems, he trains probation agents, community members, and justice personnel across the nation on implicit biases and raising consciousness utilizing restorative justice practices. In his latest work, Dr. raj explores the depths of our justice system and creates a framework in which consciousness becomes the roots of our practices.
Whitney Terrill is the Environmental Justice Program Manager at MNIPL where she brings her training as a sociologist and her professional experience in both public and private sectors to foster partnerships and community-based programming. Her work on greening the built environment in Washington, DC and volunteer experience to promote access to organic food and farming in Minnesota are especially relevant to her role. Whitney is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion for all people. Influenced by childhood experiences at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and her own spiritual path, she hopes to advocate and collaborate with communities to achieve inclusion of all people in the environmental justice movement in Minnesota.
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