Although the in-person Environmental Justice Pathways Summit has been postponed until October 16-17, 2020, our outstanding Plenary Panel members have gathered to share a preview of the planned Summit with a kick-off event!

WHAT: Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar (via zoom conferencing)
Hosted by Beyond Toxics and NAACP – Eugene/Springfield
WHEN: Friday, April 17th – from 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
COST: Registration is FREE:

Webinar Discussion:
Experts in Oregon’s social and racial history, discuss Historical Intersections of Race, Economy, and Environment in Oregon. The panelists will frame how past injustices impact Oregon’s current environmental policy and what we must do to confront a pattern of injustice in our state.

GWENDOLYN TRICE is Founder and Executive Director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center. Gwen is a descendant of black families who moved to Eastern Oregon to join logging crews and contribute to Oregon’s timber economy. Gwen served on the Oregon State Advocacy Commission of Black Affairs for 5 years, and currently serves on the State Historic Preservation Committee

LINDA TAMURA is an author and Professor Emerita of Education at Willamette University and a co-editor-in-chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia. Linda is a descendant of Japanese families who moved to the Hood River Valley to farm and contribute to Oregon’s agricultural sector.

RAMON RAMIREZ is a Taconic Fellow of the Washington D.C based organization, Community Change; Founding member and former president of PCUN, Oregon Farmworkers Union. Ramon has provided strong leadership for Oregon’s Latinx community and has mentored new generations of young leaders for decades

LAURA PULIDO: Professor and Department Head – University of Oregon Department of Ethnic Studies

FREE Registration (Zoom meeting code sent via email after registration):

Joining the webinar is easy!
All you need is a computer with built-in sound via speakers or headphones.
A webcam is optional.

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Listen to the latest episode of “Rural Roots Rising,” Rural Organizing Project’s radio show and podcast! In “Building an Ever Wider Circle” Gwen Trice creates accessible ways for people to grapple with racism in Oregon through learning about the experiences of multicultural loggers who have called Wallowa County home for generations. Gwen Trice was scheduled as a Plenary Speaker at the (now postponed) Oregon Environmental Justice Pathways Summit hosted by Beyond Toxics and the Lane County NAACP. Together with the City of Eugene we were also sponsoring Gwen’s exhibit Timber Culture: Race and Equity in Oregon’s Logging History this month, an event that has also been postponed until October.

Listen to Gwen’s presentation on Building an Ever Wider Circle, on a radio station near you, Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, TuneIn/Alexa, or Google Podcasts.


WHAT: Timber Culture: A Photo Exhibit of Race and Equity in Oregon’s Logging History
Exhibit Dates: POSTPONED

Timber Culture: Race & Equity in Oregon’s Logging History” is a traveling exhibit of 20 photographs depicting multi-racial logging communities in Oregon from the early 1900s. This exhibit is a historical recounting of how communities of African-American and Asian-American workers helped build Oregon’s timber economy. An inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry, and the loggers and their families drawn together by the Great Migration to live and work as neighbors.

Mayor’s Gala Opening and Reception

Sponsors: Beyond Toxics, NAACP Lane County, Mayor Lucy Vinis and the City of Eugene, The Barn Light, bell+funk

Timber Culture: Race & Equity in Oregon Logging Culture” is a traveling exhibit of 20 photographs depicting multi-racial logging communities in Oregon from the early 1900s. This exhibit is a historical recounting of how communities of African-American and Asian-American workers helped build Oregon’s timber economy.

More about the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center

HAS BEEN POSTPONED until October 16th and 17th 2020…

Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Announcement:
After days of deliberation, the organizers of the Environmental Justice Pathways Summit have made the heartbreaking decision to postpone the Summit. We do not make this decision lightly. The rapidly developing situation with COVID-19 in the Pacific Northwest demanded a cautious response to protect the public welfare. With some of our speakers being elderly and others coming from Seattle and D.C., and Tribal participation put in jeopardy because of Tribal community decisions to impose their own travel restrictions, we just believe it is too important to keep everyone healthy and safe. We hope to soon announce the Autumn EJP Summit dates so you can get them on your calendars. The summit WILL happen and we are working hard to ensure that the amazing lineup of speakers we have remains the same. We are confident we will have a meaningful event when we gather together in the fall months.

What: Environmental Justice Pathways Summit
Where: University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Who: Frontline Communities, Oregon Tribes, Decision Makers, Students, Scholars.

Beyond Toxics and NAACP Eugene-Springfield, will be convening Tribal and frontline community members, scholars, students, policymakers and institutions to hold critical conversations around Oregon’s leadership on policies and investments capable of addressing environmental justice concerns across our state.

Keynote speaker Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, VP of Environmental Justice at National Wildlife Federation, is a thought-leader, strategist, policymaker and activist committed to the fight for environmental justice and economic equity. Dr. Ali worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years. At the EPA, Mustafa served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Dr. Ali has elevated environmental justice issues and worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives.

Sponsors: Meyer Memorial Trust, Center for Environmental Futures, City of Eugene, The Spring Creek Project, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Ceres Trust

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