Good morning to you all,

On International Women’s Day, we recognize that the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality cannot be a struggle for individual women to merely break the ‘glass ceiling’ and take over the same industries and systems of oppression that men control. Rather, feminism is like environmental justice: it can best be understood and fought for intersectionally, through a grounded examination of the systems that oppress us all.  Thus, we celebrate the all-inclusive, intersectional feminism that stands against all forms of inequality — from racism, disposability-economics, and the ultimate destructive policies: militarization and war.   The struggle continues…

In this newsletter, we share with you, not only news of upcoming events, but also requests for support and engagement.

  • Let’s start with NCSU’s Poe Hall! The Campus Community Alliance for Environmental Justice has recently been formed in response to the exposure of PCB contaiminations in Poe Hall.  More than 120 people have been diagnosed with cancer which may be linked to Poe Hall. The Campus Commuity Alliance, the NCSU Graduate Workers Organizing Committee-UE 150, and the NC State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors have begun a petition to the NCSU Chancellor and Campus Administrators.  Please read the petition here.  NCEJN is thrilled to be working with the Campus Community, so stay tuned for much more news.
  • This is the first winter, in recorded history, with not even a trace of snow reported at RDU! Records go back to 1887.  Climate change impacts us in NC in a myriad of ways, including stronger hurricanes and increased extreme storm events, flooding, urban heat zones, and,  all the while, it acts as a multiplier, aggravating pre-existing vulnerabilities.  Who do you know who deserves to be recognized for work on climate change in NC – from activists, farmers, artists, etc?  Submit your nominations for the 2024 list by March 11 to Grist50.
  • As you sign your name to the NCSU petition, and submit your nominations, please find some time to support 7 Directions of Service. 7 Directions of Service will be canvassing on Sat March 16 to stop Transco SSEP in neighborhoods impacted by the proposed methane pipeline in Eden. Emissions from this harmful and unnecessary project would equal 16 coal power plants. They need a large volunteer turnout to knock on every door and make sure those on the route are informed and supported to fight back. Can you join? Sat March 16th from 9:30am-2pm; Freedom Park, Shelter #2,121 N. Edgewood Rd. Eden NC. If so, register for the shift:
  • Please read on for details of some upcoming EJ events on March 10, March 18, March 29 and a save the date for April 15!

Forward Together!

-Rania Masri

NCEJN Co-Director

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Upcoming Events

Job Announcement

Toxic Free NC is Seeking a Bilingual (Spanish-Fluent) Health & Justice Organizer.The Health and Justice Organizer provides education and outreach around the state to protect communities from harmful pesticides and chemicals, especially farmworkers and their families on the frontlines of agriculture. This role is responsible for ensuring the success of the Environmental Justice Academy for farmworkers and families in North Carolina, sharing information about the health impacts of pesticides and other environmental health issues, and building community participation in advocacy for food sovereignty and agricultural reform.

This is a full time (40 hours/week) position with paid vacation, holidays, and health and dental benefits. The starting salary range is $46,740 – $54,000, based on experience and other factors. A flexible schedule is required, including some weekend and evening hours, especially during the agricultural season (March – October). This is a hybrid position, with time split between our office in downtown Durham and in the community. Applications are due by April 5, 2024. Learn more about how to apply here.