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Thursday, November 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Civil Caucus: Environmental Injustice: Intersecting Issues, Responses, and Remedies

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The Civil Caucus will include a brief update on the current environment and issues in the civil legal aid community, followed by a dynamic discussion on environmental injustice and, specifically, access to safe drinking water. The Flint Water Emergency, exposed in 2016, opened many blind eyes to serious racial and socioeconomic implications – both with regard to who has access to safe drinking water and who is affected when leadership cuts corners. The community in Flint joined together to demand accountability and remedies. Three years later, the replacement of Flint’s lead-lined pipes is almost complete. But millions of people across the country are at risk of water poisoning, and many more face other types of environmental injustice. This discussion will include an overview of Flint’s experience and how communities across the country can continue to learn and build upon each other’s success as they demand environmental justice.


Bonsitu Kitaba

Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Michigan

Michael Pitt

Founding Partner, Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers

Jill Nylander

Executive Director, Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

Tony Lasher

Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross - Michigan Region

Thursday November 7, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Columbus Ballroom 4th Floor