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NCEJN’s 22nd Annual Environmental Justice Summit (2020)

We Can’t Breathe: Policing, Pollution, Public Violence, and Pandemic

This year, we are focusing our hearts and attention on the multiple crises that harm our communities – namely the public violence of policing, pollution, and the pandemic – and how our collective struggle can transform that harm into wellbeing for our communities.

To promote the safety of our community members, we have planned for this year’s Summit to be held online for the month of October. We will be gathering via email, social media, on Zoom, and by word of mouth to continue to practice solidarity and prove that our strength in numbers is not changed by any force! In addition to the virtual events, for the month of October, we will be asking our members and others to join in completing weekly action challenges as well as three live-stream events, to actively engage collectively towards our shared goals. Our traditions are adaptable. Our power never falters! 

Check out the 2020 Program Book!

Meeting Location

This year’s EJ Summit will be virtual! Once you register, we will share the Zoom information with you.

Event Dates

Live-stream events will include:

Saturday, October 10th | 3-5pm
EJ Documentary (Mossville: When Great Trees Fall) and Discussion

Friday, October 23rd | 4-5:30pm
EJ Panel on Policing, Pollution, Public Violence, and Pandemic

Saturday, October 24th | 10-11:30am
EJ Remembrance and Closing


To get a hardcopy of the program mailed to you, please register by September 30, 2020.

Please register to attend the Summit at our online registration form (click here for form)

Registration Donations: Thank you for your registration donation! You may use PayPal/ credit card, check, or money orders. Please make checks or money orders payable to: NCEJN Mail to: P.O. Box 68, Rocky Mount, NC 27802

Instructions for using PayPal to pay via credit card or PayPal account:

Option 1: Click here to be taken directly to NCEJN’s PayPal link to make a donation. In the notes box, please mention that this is for your registration donation for the 2020 EJ Summit (e.g. “donation for 2020 Summit”).

Option 2: You may pay with your credit card through a PayPal link provided on NCEJN’s website. Go to NCEJN | EJ, Equity & Health for All. On the right side of the page, there is a “Donate to NCEJN” button. Click on that. Scroll down to “Give a One Time Donation” and click on the yellow “Donate” button below the text. There you can choose how much you would want to donate for the 2020 Summit.  If you do not have a PayPal account, but would like to use a credit card, there is an option for using a credit card. Click on that. This will allow you to enter in your credit card information. In the notes box, please mention that this is for your registration donation for the 2020 EJ Summit (e.g. “donation for 2020 Summit”). Once your payment is submitted, it goes directly to our NCEJN PayPal account.


2020 EJ Summit Agenda! 

Week 1 (Oct 4 – Oct 10)

Challenges: Know your vote!

Oct 10 @ 3pm Screen EJ Documentary (& Moderated Discussion)

Week 2 (Oct 11 – Oct 17)

Challenges: (Environmental) Racism is a Health Issue

Week 3 (Oct 18 – 24)

Challenges: Just Recovery from COVID epidemic

Oct 23 @ 4pm – Plenary Panel

Oct 24 @ 10am – Remembrance

 Week 4 (Oct 25 – 31)

Challenges: Sharing your story – After the Summit

Additional information 

Please also check out our other EJ Summit pages:

Awards – Unfortunately, we will not be hosting our awards this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, if you know some amazing EJ Activists, please consider Consider nominating them next year for one of our awards: EJ Youth Vanguard Award, NCEJN Community Resilience Award, or Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award

Sponsorship  – Able to help sponsor the EJ Summit? Go here to learn how to contribute money to the 22nd Annual EJ Summit.

History of EJ Summit page – Go here to learn about the history of the EJ Summit as well as find archived programs, pictures, and videos from past EJ Summits. If you have additional archival materials from past EJ Summits that are not shown on this page, we welcome you to share those materials with NCEJN. Please contact the EJ Summit Coordinators (ncejsummit@gmail.com) with that information.


I am a link in the chain, and the link in the chain will not break here!