EHOC and the Missouri History Museum present the 2020 Fair Housing Conference…
“Up A Creek Without A Paddle: Environmental Racism at the Confluence”
April 24, 2020
8:30 AM – 3 PM
Missouri History Museum
Raw sewage, flooding, unsafe drinking water, and more health concerns disproportionately affect communities of color in the St. Louis area and beyond. This conference will feature keynote by Catherine Coleman Flowers, Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ). Additional speakers, panel presentations and storytelling will highlight environmental racism and the intersection with housing justice in St. Louis, while focusing on action and solutions.
Tickets: $40 general admission; $20 students and Missouri History Museum Members
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Continental Breakfast and Lunch included
Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ).
Catherine Coleman Flowers is the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice
Initiative and founder and director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ). In addition, she is Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute Practitioner in Residence. Her goal is to find solutions to the lack of sanitation in many parts of rural American that rival conditions found in the developing world. She has characterized this as “America’s Dirty Secret.”
Flowers hopes to shepherd a paradigm shift toward sustainability and resiliency in rural communities by inspiring the development of climate-friendly onsite wastewater technology using renewable energy. She was the co-author of a study that found tropical parasites, including hookworm in participants in Lowndes County, Alabama. She represented the Center for Earth Ethics in Paris as an official observer at COP 21. In 2017 Flowers invited to Alabama, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Philip Alston. Alston characterized what he saw as “uncommon in the first world. “His report before the UN Council on Human Rights began by describing the cesspools he saw in Alabama. Later, Flowers and her work were featured on PBS NewsHour. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, a board member of the Climate Reality Project and holds a Master of Arts degree in History. She is currently writing a book about her journey as an activist and environmentalist. Inspired by her daughter and grandson, her goal is to create a sustainable world that will benefit seven generations to come.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Missouri History Museum and the African American History Initiatives
Stifel Bank and Trust
Central Bank of St. Louis
Interested in sponsoring the conference? Please contact Elisabeth Risch at [email protected]