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Our Communities, Climate Change, and COVID-19

April 19, 2020
1:00 pm
2:30 pm

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Author and scholar Julie Sze will discuss how the climate crisis connects with struggles against racism, gender violence, and the exploitation of people and natural resources. In conversation with environmental justice activist Ratha Lai, Asian Pacific Environmental Network representative Shina Robinson, and the Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies at SFSU Dr. Russell Jeungthe panel will discuss how the immigrant and refugee communities are impacted by urban and rural pollution and how communities mobilize for change and justice.  The panel will also explore recent questions on the  COVID-19 response in our communities.

This event will be streamed live via Zoom – RSVP is required to obtain access details. A recording of the event will also be posted online afterward for further viewing.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-pro t partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.


About the author and panel:

Julie Sze is Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Davis. She has authored and edited two other books and numerous articles on environmental justice and inequality, culture and environment, and urban and community health and activism.

Ratha Lai has worked for 10 years as an environmental justice activist with the Greenlining Institute, Greenlining Action, Sierra Club Bay Chapter, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Richmond Our Power Coalition, and the  Solidarity to Solutions Week of Action in 2018. He is currently Executive Director of Critical Impact Consulting and a devoted father to his 4-year-old daughter.

Shina Robinson currently serves as the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)’s Local Policy Associate. She organizes our member leaders to pass and implement policies for community resistance and resilience in Oakland, Richmond and statewide partners.

Dr. Russell M. Jeung is Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. The author of books and articles on Asian Americans, religion, and race, he’s a community activist and church leader in East Oakland, CA.


Sponsored by Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, California Humanities, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Asian Pacific American Student Development.


April 19, 2020
1:00 pm2:30 pm
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