Racial Healing in Climate & Environmental Justice Organizing

Racial Healing in Climate & Environmental Justice Organizing

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Join us for a 2-hour panel to learn about the experiences of Black Leaders in the Climate Justice & EJ community, as well as how to welcome BIPOC Leaders into your movement.

Soulardarity is hosting our first annual Racial Healing in EJ Event. This National Day of Racial Healing will take place on Zoom, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 6pm-8pm ET. The event is open to the public and a time to reflect on our shared values and create a collaborative blueprint for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism specifically within the environmental justice/climate change movement. This is an interactive opportunity to gain a better understanding of panelists experiences. The panel discussion will cover questions like:
  • What is the lived experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals in majority white movements?
  • What are some examples of panelists challenges and successes?
  • What are things that can make experiences in CJ & EJ better for Black Organizers?
  • What do Black Leaders want allies to know?

You are welcome to attend with your own questions too! 

During this panel you will gain:

  • A deeper understanding of BIPOC experiences
  • Knowledge of how to be a better ally
  • Solidarity with BIPOC individuals and a desire to support BIPOC in community
  • Knowledge about how you can welcome BIPOC members in your community
Environmental liberation and injustice is a shifting landscape. We have recently experienced shifts in the demographic of nonprofit EJ leaders who succeeded within so many local organizations for the first time. Front-facing Anti-Black disruptions have been historically commonplace and even demonstrated by so-called values-aligned allies. Internal trust has not been built, the pace at which decision-making occurs trumps even identifying if the internal capacity is available to take on new and emerging work, politics are guiding the EJ movement more than the people especially those who identify as BIPOC.
The goal of our event is to demonstrate a united commitment to creating a safe space for Black people to be authentic, and to pave the way for future conversations that will change the ways EJ organizations work with one another beyond invitations to Black people to "the table".
Call for Panelists: Please send a photo, 1-3 sentence bio and your consent to share publicly to Shimekia Nichols, Executive Director of Soulardarity at [email protected]. A detailed agenda and guiding questions for panelists will be provided on Monday, February 26th.
• It helps affirm the inherent value of all people in organizations and
• It cultivates a culture of belonging that can advance racial equity
and inclusion.
• It deepens our understanding of the differences in opportunities,
burdens and needs that exist related to how people racially/ethnically
• It restores individuals to wholeness by helping people share their
stories, lean into difficult conversations, constructively engage conflict
and face conscious and unconscious biases.
• It supports relationship building, trust, belonging, authenticity,
constructive dialogue and repairs the damage caused by systemic
• It builds community.
Learn more at: dayofracialhealing.org
February 29, 2024 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Shimekia Nichols · · 313-296-3496

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