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May 4, 2021

Program Manager for (WTP) Position

PROGRAM MANAGER POSITION Worker Training Program (WTP)   Position Description – Program Manager The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice is seeking an experienced Program Manager. We are interested in hiring a highly motivated person who can perform day-to-day administrative duties including tracking data, writing reports, attending WTP meetings and trainings, tracking WTP graduates' progress, and processing contracts and invoices. About the Organization The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region through research, education, community and student engagement for policy change, as well as health and safety training for environmental careers. Currently, the DSCEJ employs 13 people. The DSCEJ directs projects involving universities and community-based organizations in seven states. The DSCEJ was founded by Dr. Beverly Wright in 1992 in collaboration with community environmental groups and universities in the Southern region to advance environmental justice. Since this time, the DSCEJ has become a powerful resource for environmental justice research, education, advocacy, as well as health and safety training for environmental careers. The DSCEJ provides opportunities for communities, scientific researchers, and decision makers to collaborate on projects that promote the rights of all people to be free from environmental harm as it impacts health, jobs, housing, education, and quality of life. A major goal of the Center continues to be the development of environmental justice leaders in African American and other communities of color along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the broader Gulf Coast Region. Position Responsibilities ·      Incumbent must be experienced in and demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills. The position requires significant report writing, data collection, and communicating with community partners and employment agencies. ·      Incumbent will report to the Assistant Director for Training and Operations implementing day to day administration and program activities including tracking data, writing reports, attending WTP meetings and trainings, tracking WTP graduates' progress, and processing contracts and invoices. ·      Requires in-depth knowledge of WTP regulations and laws as well as knowledge of effective case management procedures. The ability to analyze data, problem solve and understand complex situations. The ability to communicate orally and in writing. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employment agencies and other partner agencies. Perform other duties as assigned.  Required Skills and Qualifications ·       Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work or related field. ·       Minimum of five years of experience. ·       Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines. ·       High work ethic and integrity. ·        Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel programs, and Google platform. ·       A flexible, creative, entrepreneurial spirit and a shared for the mission, vision and values of the DSCEJ. ·       An approachable nature and ability to handle questions and requests timely. ·       Exceptional written and oral communication skills. ·       Ability to work independently and complete tasks. ·       Ability to contribute and collaborate with the team and across the organization. ·       Strong analytical and organizational skills. ·       Experience working with diverse constituents, teams and colleagues. ·       Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the face of ambiguity and challenge. ·       Organizational and program management experience. Salary & Benefits Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range: $55-65K. It is the policy of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. HOW TO APPLY: Please email a detailed cover letter highlighting your interest, your resume and three professional references in Microsoft Word to maryw@dscej.org. Please include the Program Manager Position in the subject line. t  ...

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Apr 6, 2021

This is Environmental Racism

Dr. Beverly Wright is featured in The Washington Post Environmental Racism Article. They came from Prince William Sound, Alaska, where the Exxon Valdez oil spill had ruined Native American fisheries; from Albuquerque, where open uranium mines were emitting high levels of radiation; from Chicago, where power plant pollution had dirtied neighborhoods. They came from Houston, where garbage dumps were located next to Black communities. Some of their homes had terrible names, such as the strand of tiny towns between New Orleans and Baton Rouge known as Cancer Alley. On opening day, only organizations with people of color in executive positions were allowed to participate. Over the four-day summit, activists prayed into microphones in English and Sioux, Korean and Spanish, long prayers seeking deliverance from suffering.  Read more    ...

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Mar 30, 2021

Dr. Beverly Wright appointed to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Yesterday President Biden announced members of a new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council to support his whole-of-government approach to addressing the climate crisis. The WHEJAC was established by President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad to fulfill his and Vice President Harris’s commitment to confronting long standing environmental injustices and to ensuring that historically marginalized and overburdened communities have greater input on federal policies and decisions. Dr. Beverly Wright, founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, is one of several renowned environmental justice leaders appointed to the WHEJAC. Below is her statement of response: "I am deeply honored to have been selected as a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The elevation of this body to the Office of the President demonstrates the importance of environmental justice to this Administration. I pledge to do all that is within my power to raise issues of concern to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region and to work tirelessly through WHEJAC to improve the health and wellness, including economic conditions, in communities disproportionately exposed to toxic pollution and climate-induced disasters." Today WHEJAC will host a public meeting at 2:00 pm Eastern that you're invited to attend, along with Dr. Wright, and to provide a comment. To RSVP, click here:  WHEJAC Virtual Public Meeting. ...

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Mar 25, 2021

Dr. Beverly Wright to speak on panel at Public Forum on Federal Oil and Gas Program

Click here to read Dr. Beverly Wright's Statement to the Department of the Interior Public Forum on the Federal Oil & Gas Program WASHINGTON – The Interior Department today released additional information about the upcoming virtual forum regarding the federal oil and gas program, including the public’s viewing options and ability to submit written input to inform Interior’s review. The public forum is part of Interior’s comprehensive review of the federal oil and gas program as called for in Executive Order 14008 and will feature several panels to highlight perspectives from invited participants including industry representatives, labor and environmental justice organizations, natural resource advocates, Indigenous organizations, and other experts.     DATE: Thursday, March 25, 2021 TIME: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET/ 12:00 noon - 3:30 pm Central Time  REGISTRATION: The forum will take place via Zoom Webinar. Anyone interested in viewing the forum may register here. A livestream of the event will also be available at doi.gov/events. The forum will be recorded and have live captions.  The information gathered at the forum will help inform an interim report from the Department that will be completed in early summer. The report will include initial findings on the state of the federal conventional energy programs, as well as outline next steps and recommendations for the Department and Congress to improve stewardship of public lands and waters, create jobs, and build a just and equitable energy future.  Read more ...

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Mar 23, 2021

HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium Partner, Bridgette Murray, Recognized for Environmental Racism Advocacy in Texas Communities

The Pleasantville neighborhood on Houston’s east side provided Black servicemen an opportunity to own their own homes—something that was hard for them to come by in 1948 due to pervasive housing discrimination. What was designated as a residential area attracted numerous Black families—but it wasn’t long before the neighborhood of opportunity became home to several chemical and manufacturing plants, metal recyclers, and salvage yards, with freight trains and a steady stream of trucks trekking in and out of the residential area, polluting the air and compromising the health of its residents.  Yes, things were bad—but just how bad remained a mystery. Until Bridgette Murray was introduced to the concepts of citizen science and community-university partnerships.  Believing that more data was needed to empower and protect her community, the retired nurse and resident of Pleasantville founded Achieving Community Tasks Successfully (ACTS) in 2012. The Houston-based nonprofit is a grantee of the Women’s Environmental Leadership Fund, (WE LEAD), a Tides Foundation funding initiative that launched in 2020 with an explicit focus on addressing historic inequities by directing resources to Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color (BIWOC) leaders and BIWOC-led climate justice organizations.   Since its creation, ACTS has been focused on three core areas: community-led air monitoring, food insecurity, and emergency response.   Read more ...

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Mar 17, 2021

Calls for Audit of Entergy by the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and advocacy organizations agreed to by City Council President Helena Moreno

After a cascade of Entergy failures that have harmed New Orleans residents, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) and advocacy groups urge the City Council to require a management audit of the company. At the Council’s Utility Committee meeting, Councilmember-at-Large Helena Moreno agreed to move forward with an audit of Entergy’s management based on the groups’ recommendations. In a letter to the City Council, DSCEJ and advocacy groups recommend areas of focus for the Entergy audit that include: a.     Leadership and staffing roles, responsibilities, and requirements b.     Organizational structure, decision-making processes, internal controls, and external relations of all kinds c.      Billing operations and verification method d.     Emergency planning and response e.     Salary and compensation levels f.       Corporate culture and capacity to address the critical issues of climate change, a transition to a renewable energy system, advanced energy efficiency, and ensuring energy justice DSCEJ is a member of Energy Future New Orleans, a coalition of advocacy groups and individuals working for energy solutions that are renewable, equitable, efficient, affordable, and livable. Letter to the City Council - Click Here NOLA.com news report - Click Here Video of City Council Utility Committee Meeting, 3/16/2021 - View Here     ...

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Mar 8, 2021

Disaster Preparedness and Response Training Event

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CST Event Trainers: Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director Ms. Kim Dunn, Technical Training Director Mr. Bruce McClue, Technical Training Manager Target Audience: Community members, grassroots organizations, local and state governments, and volunteers The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) will host a virtual disaster response training as part of the Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Environmental Justice (EJ) EJ and Natural Disasters Subcommittee. Training Registration: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsfuGsrDIoEui_vFwzanLHtFMwQO6K5As   The training will be conducted by WTP grantees and aims to provide a general awareness about how to safely respond to disasters. Participants will learn more about preparedness, mental health resilience, and response as it relates to hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters or public health emergencies.   Space is limited for this event and is on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a free event; however, registration will close when capacity is reached. The Zoom link will be sent to you once we receive your registration, assuming space is available.   This event will be primarily in English; however, simultaneous interpretation will be available during the general session. Capacitación de preparación y respuesta ante desastres Lunes, 8 de marzo de 2021 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CST Audiencia: Miembros de la comunidad, organizaciones de base, gobiernos locales y estatales y voluntaries   The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) será el patrocinador de una capacitación de respuesta ante desastres como parte las asambleas del grupo Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Environmental Justice (EJ) EJ and Natural Disasters Subcommittee. (Sitio web para la asamblea)   La capacitación será impartida por beneficiarios del WTP y tiene como objetivo sensibilizar a la gente en general respecto a cómo responder en casos de desastre, pero sin exponerse. Los participantes pueden aprender más sobre cómo prepararse, cómo tener resiliencia mental y cómo responder en relación a huracanes, inundaciones y otros desastres naturales o emergencias de salud pública.   Los cupos para este evento son limitados y se concederán por orden de llegada. Este es un evento gratuito que se cerrará una vez que se agote la capacidad. Una vez que recibamos su inscripción, siempre y cuando haya cupo disponible, se le enviará un vínculo a Zoom.   El evento tendrá lugar en inglés, pero habrá interpretación simultánea durante la sesión general.   +++++++   Sự kiện huấn luyện về ứng phó và chuẩn bị cho thảm họa Thứ Hai ngày 8 tháng 3 năm 2021 6:00 – 9:00 tối EST (Múi giờ miền Đông) / 5:00 – 8:00 tối CST (Múi giờ miền Trung) Đối tượng phục vụ: Các thành viên cộng đồng, các tổ chức cơ sở, chính quyền địa phương và tiểu bang cùng các tình nguyện viên   Chương trình Đào tạo Nhân viên (WTP) của Viện Khoa học Sức khỏe Môi trường (NIEHS) sẽ tổ chức khóa tập huấn ảo về ứng phó thảm họa như một phần của Nhóm Phối hợp Hoạt động giữa các Tổ chức (IWG) về Công lý Môi trường (EJ) EJ và Các cuộc họp trong khán phòng của Tiểu ban Thảm họa Thiên nhiên. (Trang web Cuộc họp Tòa thị chính)   Khóa tập huấn sẽ do những nhà tài trợ WTP tiến hành nhằm mục đích xây dựng nhận thức chung về cách ứng phó an toàn với thảm họa. Những người tham gia sẽ tìm hiểu thêm về khả năng sẵn sàng, khả năng phục hồi sức khỏe tinh thần và ứng phó vì nó liên quan đến bão lũ và các thảm họa thiên nhiên khác hoặc các tình trạng khẩn cấp về y tế công cộng.   Sự kiện này có không gian giới hạn và trên cơ sở ai đến trước được phục vụ trước. Đây là sự kiện miễn phí; tuy nhiên, chúng tôi sẽ khép lại việc đăng ký khi đạt đến giới hạn số lượng. Chúng tôi sẽ gửi liên kết Zoom đến cho bạn sau khi nhận được hồ sơ đăng ký nếu còn chỗ.   Sự kiện này sẽ chủ yếu diễn ra bằng tiếng Anh; tuy nhiên, chúng tôi sẽ có bố trí phiên dịch đồng thời trong phiên họp chung.   For up-to-date information about Environmental Justice funding opportunities, events, and webinars, subscribe to EPA's Environmental Justice listserv by sending a blank email to: join-epa-ej@lists.epa.gov.   ...

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Mar 3, 2021

What Biden could learn from Bill Clinton's unfinished work on environmental justice

  Environmental justice isn’t just a buzzword or hashtag for Dr. Beverly Wright — it’s what helps her get out of bed every morning. For the last 35 years, fighting for her Louisiana community’s access to a healthy and safe environment has been her mission, and it’s put her in rooms with the last three Democratic presidents. Wright’s federal advocacy began in the early 1990s, when she worked on the country’s first executive order focused on environmental justice, which then-President Bill Clinton signed in 1994. Executive Order 12898, or EO 12898, instructed federal agencies to pursue environmental justice policies that would limit the “disproportionately high and adverse” effects of environmental harms on low-income communities and people of color, who are more likely to be burdened by issues like high pollution rates and contaminated water sources. The order also empowered the federal Environmental Justice Advisory Council, which was two years old at the time, to influence the priorities of the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA.           Read more ...

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Feb 24, 2021

Environmental Justice and Natural Disasters/COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Gulf Coast Region

  Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. CST Virtual Event Versión en Español de esta página Phiên bản Tiếng Việt của trang này The Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Environmental Justice (EJ) EJ and Natural Disaster Subcommittee is hosting three virtual Regional Town Hall Meetings in early 2021. The second two-hour virtual Town Hall Meeting will focus on the Gulf Coast Region on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. A three-hour disaster response training will also be offered to community members, volunteers, and other stakeholders who are interested at a later date.      Read more ...

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Feb 22, 2021

DSCEJ Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrating Black Communities and Their Fight for Environmental Justice The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice celebrates Black History Month in recognition of the struggles, sacrifices, and achievements that have brought us to this moment in time when racial equity is a goal shared by people of different races and backgrounds, from grassroots community organizations to the President of the United States. We pay special tribute to the following historic Black communities in the Gulf Coast Region whose vision for future generations drives their fight for environmental justice and equitable climate solutions: Africatown – Mobile, AL Handsboro/Mississippi City, Magnolia Grove, North Gulfport, The Quarters and Soria City – Gulfport, MS Lower Ninth Ward – New Orleans, LA Pleasantville – Houston, TX Wedgwood, Rolling Hills, Olive Heights – Pensacola, FL Read more...

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