Environmental Justice Pathways Webinars

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Neither the EJ Pathways Summit, nor the webinar series could not have happened without the generous support of our partners and sponsors: Meyer Memorial TrustCenter for Environmental Futures, University of Oregon’s Climate Change & Indigenous Peoples LectureCity of EugeneThe Spring Creek ProjectConfederated Tribes of Grand RondeCeres Trust and University of Oregon.

If you were not able to attend all of the sessions of the Environmental Justice Pathways Summit, I am pleased to say the recordings are now available on YouTube. The links are provided for you below:

This is the entire Environmental Justice Pathways Series YouTube playlist, with the 4 available Summit sessions at the top, followed by the Environmental Justice Pathways Webinars from the past year:

Here are the individual recordings from the April 9 & 10, 2021 Summit links:

Day 1 Opening Session with a blessing by Joe Scott and a panel with Mayor Vinis, Eric Richardson, Fabio Andrade and Lisa Arkin (me): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-PIJhPwkLg

If you would like to view the recording of Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s keynote speech* (Day 1), please contact Kathy LynnClimate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, for more information: kathy@uoregon.edu.

Day 2 Opening Session with a blessing by Marta Clifford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuqrUrEzJfg

Day 2 Environmental and Climate Justice Policy Discussion**:

Day 2 Keynote address by Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali and moderator Michelle J. DePass, President and CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mny-W79uHk&t=2s


* The Friday keynote was moderated by Don Sampson, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and also featured Joseph Scott, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Ryan Reed, University of Oregon Tribal Student Respondent

** Featured panelists: Joel Iboa, Executive Director of Oregon Just Transition Alliance along with Cheyenne Holliday and Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos from the Oregon Water Futures Project and Miles Palacios, Legislative Director for Representative Wlnsvey Campos’ Office gave a legislative update.

March 25, 2021 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Oregon’s History of African American and Japanese Timber Workers

This webinar was hosted by Beyond Toxics on March 25th. This event gave an introduction to the story of African American and Japanese timber workers throughout Oregon’s history. Here we focused on bringing forth some of the stories and pictures that reveal Oregon’s multicultural timber industry and the communities that helped build it.


Gwendolyn Trice, Founder & Executive Director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center.

Linda Tamura, Professor Emerita of Education at Willamette University and a co-editor-in-chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia.

This webinar was moderated by Lisa Arkin, Executive Director of Beyond Toxics.

December 16, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Tribal Water Justice

Water is vital to us all. Tribal rights to hunt, gather, and fish in their homelands were secured through a series of treaties between Tribes and the Federal Government. Today, the upper Klamath Lake is still home to culturally and spiritually important fish to the Klamath Tribes. The declining health and water levels of the Upper Klamath have put many of these fish on the endangered species list.

In this webinar, which aired on December 16th and featured Chairman Don Gentry from the Klamath Tribes, Chairman Gentry discussed current legal steps to protect and replenish watersheds cherished by the Tribe.

Praise for the webinar series:

“It’s great to see the turnout you are getting for the virtual gatherings. I’ve been sharing the first plenary with a board that I sit on. We are making it part of our year of learning to watch and discuss it as a board.”
~ M.R.

November 18, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Tribal & Indigenous Knowledge in Policy

This Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar focused on the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in data, research, and policy-making. The panelists–Tribal staff, knowledge holders, and scientists–discussed best practices when applying TEK in land stewardship, and how to avoid the misuse or exploitation of this knowledge.

Our featured panelists:
Wenix Red Elk, Public Outreach/Education Specialist, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Colleen Sanders, Climate Adaptation Planner, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Susan Fricke, Water Quality Program Manager, Karuk Tribe
Robert Kentta, Treasurer, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Moderated by:
Lara A. Jacobs, Mvskoke Creek Citizen, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Ph.D. Student, Oregon State University

If you are interested in learning more about Tribal & Indigenous Knowledge, please check out these resources:

September 16, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Right To A Healthy Workplace/Derecho a un lugar de trabajo saludable

Spanish Transcripts for the The Right to a Healthy Workplace Webinar (9-16-20)

This webinar focused on the intersections between environmental degradation and unhealthy working conditions experienced by frontline communities. Impacts are unique due to the type of work, place, ability, access, nationality and race and the application of workplace safety protocols.

Our featured panelists:
Martha Sonato, Political Director, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Susan Sygall, CEO and Co-Founder of Mobility International USA
Ira Cuello-Martinez, Community Defense Coordinator, VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project

Moderated by Kate Suisman, Attorney and Campaigns Coordinator, Northwest Workers’ Justice Project.

August 5, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Right To Clean Air

This webinar brings in diverse perspectives on what a Right to Clean Air
means for our communities’ well-being and health. It sparks a discussion of the intersections between the current public health and social crises we are experiencing today, and how they are made worse by dirty and polluted air.

Moderated by Benjamin Duncan, the Chief Officer of Diversity and Equity, Multnomah County.


Tony DeFalco, Executive Director of VERDE
Mary Peveto, President of Neighbors for Clean Air
Ana Molina, Statewide Environmental Justice Manager for Beyond Toxics

See the related interview with Dr. Lauren Herbert , pediatric infectious diseases specialist, on YouTube about the connection between air pollution and COVID-19.

June 15, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Youth Art Show

To provide space for creative and artistic responses to environmental injustices, we’ve showcased the talent of 4 young local artists. These artists use storytelling, photography, and cinematography to imagine relevant and accessible solutions to environmental, climate, and racial justice.

Environmental Justice Pathways YOUTH ARTISTS:

Paul Wilson, Video – “Rios to Rivers”: Paul is a photographer and cinematographer who uses storytelling to document the sovereignty of Tribal Nations and water stewardship.

Naily Nevarez, Video – “Homero Gomez Gonzalez”: Naily is a multi-disciplinary artist whose videos, animations and website design use storytelling as a tool to build empathy for the lived experience of marginalized communities.

Grace Burks, Poem – “from they who voicelessly screams.”: Grace, a poet and Honors Undergraduate at Oregon State University, will make attendees consider the future of mother earth and those who depend on it.

AWW, Poem – “Howling”: A.W.W., a young, non-binary individual will read “howling”, a written piece that challenges violent narratives through creative works, poetry, and performance art.

May 14, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Unjust Care: Pandemics & Race

This webinar discusses the racial impacts of COVID-19, noting historical patterns observed during pandemic-like situations and how communities are shaping a caring response to a public health crisis in place of an efficient government plan.


Pradnya Garud
Pradnya is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment at the University of Arizona and holds a courtesy research assistant position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon. She received her Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Prior to starting the Ph.D. program, she worked as a research and advocacy associate at a human rights organization in New Delhi, India.She is an environmental justice scholar and currently serves as the co-president of Beyond Toxics. | (See Pradnya’s presentation, “Ecological Perspectives on Pandemics” – PDF)

Eric Richardson
Eric is the Executive Director of the National Association for
the Advancement of colored people Eugene/ Springfield Oregon Unit #1119: Before he was appointed as the Executive Director of the NAACP Eugene/Springfield Unit in 2019, Eric served as the president of the chapter for four years.

Dr. Eva Galvez
Dr. Galvez is a board certified family physician at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. She has over 15 years of experience working in federally qualified community health centers. As a bilingual and bi-cultural clinician, growing up as the daughter of a Mexican immigrants and seasonal farm workers, she brings a deep understanding of the health issues affecting this community. Her particular interests are in the health disparities that affect the Latino community, exploring the root causes, and finding ways to address them, so that we can strive for a more equitable Oregon.

Joel Iboa
Joel is the Coalition Manager for CAUSA Oregon, Oregon’s immigrant rights organization. Throughout his career, he has led coalitions defending against anti-immigrant and anti-muslim policies and ballot measures. He currently serves as the chair of the Eugene Human Rights Commission, and is the youngest person to be elected chair for the Oregon Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force.

Haley Case-Scott
, Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer with Beyond Toxics and the NAACP Eugene/Springfield.

BIG THANKS to our Sponsors: Meyer Memorial Trust, MRG Foundation, and Ceres Trust.

April 17, 2020 Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar:
Historical Intersections of Race, Economy, and Environment in Oregon

Experts in Oregon’s social and racial history, discuss historical intersections of race, economy, and environment in Oregon. The panelists framed how past injustices impact Oregon’s current environmental policy and what we must do to confront a pattern of injustice in our state.


David Harrelson
David is the Cultural Resources Department Manager and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer – Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Gwendolyn Trice
Gwendolyn is the 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.

Ramon Ramirez
Ramon 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.

Linda Tamura
Linda 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.

Laura Pulido: Professor and Department Head, University of Oregon Department of Ethnic Studies



Oregon’s Japanese Americans, Oregon Public Broadcasting, April 23, 2019


Avian Flu by Mike Davis
Big Farms Make Big Flu by Rob Wallace

Tamura, Linda. The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1993.

Tamura, Linda. Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012.

On-Line Encyclopedias (oregonencyclopedia.org)

Japanese Americans in Oregon,” The Oregon Encyclopedia (on-line encyclopedia)

Nyssa, Oregon (detention facility),” Densho Enyclopedia

Oregon Plan,” The Oregon Encyclopedia


Development of Japanese Farming Communities,” Discover Nikkei

A History of Oregon’s Issei, 1880-1952,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 4, The Japanese in Oregon (Winter 1993/1994), pp. 315-367.

Economic Loss,” Personal Justice Denied, Commission on Wartime Relocation and internment of Civilians, 1983, chapter 4, 117 – 133.

Into the Sugar Beet Fields: Japanese American Laborers, Life on the Home Front: Oregon Responds to WWII, Experience Oregon History, Oregon Secretary of State.

The History of Japanese American Farm Labor Camps,” Uprooted exhibit

How Ontario, Oregon Became a Haven for Immigrant Families,” Street Roots, Sept. 7, 2018


Nikkei Farmers of the Hood River Area photo exhibit, Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Selected Works of Peter J. Li, PhD: https://works.bepress.com/peter-li/



More information on how you can help support Oregon communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Governor Brown’s Reopening Framework

CAUSA Oregon Worker Relief Fund

Migrant Clinicians Network COVID-19 Pandemic Info and Resources

National Association of Colored People Eugene/Springfield Oregon Unit 1119

NAACP Campaign – #WeAreDoneDying


NAACP Coronavirus Equity Considerations & Policy Recommendations

Pradnya Garud’s presentation, “Ecological Perspectives on Pandemics” (PDF)

From Beyond Toxics:
Community Support and Action (COVID-19 Resources) ->>


Sponsors of the Environmental Justice Pathways webinar series:
University of Oregon, Center for Environmental Futures and Meyer Memorial Trust

University of Oregon

Center for Environmental Futures

Meyer Memorial Trust

Thank you!

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