Event Details
Event Title Community Organizing for Environmental Justice: Toxic Waste Cleanup and Corporate Accountability in West Badin, NC
Location Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, 150 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC
Sponsor Carolina Center for Public Service
Date/Time 02/28/2024 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
For more information, contact the event administrator: Macy Green macyag@unc.edu
Event Presenters
Name Title  
Valerie Tyson Concerned Citizen of West Badin community
Richard Leak Concerned Citizen of West Badin community
Macy Hinson Concerned Citizen of West Badin community
Forrest Davis Concerned Citizen of West Badin community
Chris Hawn North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
Courtney Woods UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic
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Join CCWBC, NCEJN, and the UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic for an interactive panel discussion on environmental racism. For almost 100 years, Alcoa aluminum company’s labor and waste management practices in Badin, NC discriminated against and targeted Black union workers and residents, causing environmental, health, and economic harm. To this day Alcoa’s unlined landfills and an inactive smelter site continue to release hazardous contaminants into the surrounding environment, which threatens the health of neighboring communities and those who use nearby lakes for recreation. The Concerned Citizens of West Badin Community (CCWBC) formed in 2013 to address these concerns and hold Alcoa accountable. The panel and Q&A discussion will highlight community-driven research partnerships with UNC and Duke, Badin’s history and current community organizing, and action steps to support CCWBC. Refreshments will be provided.

A Carolina Engagement Week Event
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