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Saturday, July 4 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Labor, race and climate justice

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This panel will analyze the connections between climate change, environmental racism, and the role unionized workers can play in fighting to end this devastation and for a better world. From the movement against open petcoke piles in urban Southeast Chicago to the 2014 People’s Climate Change March in New York City to the strikes of oil workers nationwide this past spring, how can these be brought together to create a formidable force to stop big corporations and their drive to destroy the planet?

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Olga Bautista

Olga Bautista is a community organizer, activist, mother of two young girls, and a leader in the Southeast Coalition to Ban Petcoke. Petcoke or Petroleum Coke a byproduct of refining Tar sand at the BP refinery in Whiting, IN is being transported into Chicago and stored openly along Calumet River. Residents have been outraged about the fine and oily powder that is getting into their homes, backyard pools and the lungs of their children. A... Read More →
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Carlos Enriquez

Carlos Enriquez is a Chicago-based activist. He has contributed articles to SocialistWorker.org and participated in System Change Not Climate Change.
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Elizabeth Lalasz

Elizabeth Lalasz is a public-sector registered nurse, a union steward and bargaining team member with National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), part of National Nurses United (NNU), in Chicago, IL.

Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Field B