Friday, September 2, 2011
Lake Apopka Quilts Travel to Detroit for Environmental Justice Conference
Detroit was the site of a gathering of environmental justice communities from around the country who came together to share the stories of their tragedies and their successes. In solidarity with others who are exposed to contamination in their communities, quiltmaker Linda Lee and FWAF staff traveled with the quilt to Michigan, joining filmmaker Jim Berry, for an unforgettable experience and an empowering conference that celebrated communities's resilience. The Blue Quilt was on display, as was a poster presentation created by Rollins College student intern Michael Barrett. (Thank you, Michael!) Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, the convener of the conference, along with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, were present to hear directly from the communities as they advocated for stronger protections, a commitment to clean up, and a change in 'business as usual' in addressing contamination issues. EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, has made it a priority to incorporate environmental justice as a priority for the agency. The communities deserve no less.