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Water Session Wednesday – Legislative & Advocacy “Teach In”

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August 26, 2020: 6:00PM to 7:30PM
Online - Zoom
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Water Session Wednesday

The Power to Demand Change: Working our Legal Tools

The Stewart Air National Guard polluted our waters with toxic PFAS chemicals – will our water ever be cleaned up? What are the legal tools and avenues we can use to demand a meaningful cleanup of the Air Base? Who do we need to petition at the Federal level and what is the State’s responsibility in all of this?

For our August Water Session, Newburgh Clean Water Project is brining in allies at EARTHJUSTICE and Riverkeeper for some real talk about what’s going on on the legal front and what each of us can do to advocate more effectively and powerfully for full clean up of our water.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to educate and empower yourself! These speakers will help us understand the laws on our side, what’s happening at the National level with this issue, what’s changed since the contamination was discovered over three years ago, and where we need to focus our energy at this point in the process.

Highlighting the evening will be special opening remarks by J.E.D.I. in Chief, Genesis Ramos. Genesis is Chief Equity Officer for the City of Newburgh, advising the City on matters of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Special Guests include:

Christine serves as Legislative Counsel for the Healthy Communities program at Earthjustice in Washington, D.C. She advocates for frontline communities on Capitol Hill regarding legislative, regulatory, and administrative actions on PFAS chemicals and coal ash waste. Christine works at the national level to ensure the needs of underrepresented communities throughout the U.S. are heard. She works closely with coalitions, partners, and congressional staff to push Congress to implement critical regulations and safeguards to protect public health and the environment from PFAS and coal ash contamination.

Sharmeen is an Associate Attorney with Earthjustice’s Northeast Regional Office, where she focuses on drinking water contamination and pipeline issues. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern public-interest scholar and served as Diversity and Membership Editor on the NYU Law Review. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alok is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst with Earthjustice’s Northeast Regional Office in New York, New York, where he supports the region’s energy, agriculture and toxics docket. Alok is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Victoria is Associate Staff Attorney at Riverkeeper and a former PENNFuture Fellow. She is Riverkeeper’s representative on the Stewart ANG Restoration Advisory Committee.

Genesis is Chief Equity Officer for the City of Newburgh, advising the City on matters of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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