Advocating for Social and Environmental Justice in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley
9-9:30am – Check-in, light breakfast provided
9:30-10am – Welcome and Ice-Breaker
10-10:45am – Panel 1: Environmental Justice in Air, Water, and Land Use
Summary: Substantial portions of Stanislaus County among the worst areas in the state drinking water, pesticides, particulate matter, as well as rates of asthma. The county was given an F rating for air quality from the American Lung Association and we were recently paid a visit by the Governor to highlight the need for cleaning up drinking water, especially in disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley. This panel will explore how these issues affect public health especially in disadvantaged communities.
10:45-11:15am – Q&A
11:15-11:20am – Break
11:20am-12:05pm – Panel 2: Affordable Housing and Homelessness
Summary: Rents are up in Stanislaus County, and we lack sufficient affordable housing to meet market demand, either for middle income or low-income individuals, both locally and across the state. Moreover, many units are below habitability standards, and homelessness only seems to be growing. This panel will discuss the state of housing and homelessness locally, opportunities for progress as well as impediments.
12:05-12:35pm – Q&A
12:35-1:30pm – Lunch/Guest Speaker: Arsenio Mataka, Stanislaus County native, former Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency, currently Environmental Advisor to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
1:30-2:30pm – Panel 3: Immigration, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice
Summary: Obviously, the issues of immigration and police conduct, including ICE-police collaboration, have been in the headlines all across the country in recent years. Due to the unique history and culture of California and the San Joaquin Valley migrants, refugees, and communities of color in general have always made Stanislaus their home and demographics are changing over time along with the rest of the country. This panel will discuss the current and evolving relationship between these communities and immigration and law enforcement officials as well as explore alternatives to our trend of mass incarceration.
2:30-3:10pm – Q&A
3:10-3:30pm – Next Steps/Closing Activity
6pm – After Party Networking and Socializing: location TBA
Spanish interpretation will be available.
Link to facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1967597680035477/