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African environmental justice activists to visit Detroit

Emem Okon   COURTESY PHOTO

Emem Okon
COURTESY PHOTO

By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Two African climate justice activists will visit Detroit March 25 to meet with local environmentalists to join a discussion about the city’s movement for environmental, land and economic justice.

The discussion will take place at the Cass Corridor Commons, located at 4605 Cass, from 6-8 p.m. The event is designed to share information about environmental justice between Detroit and Africa.

Speakers include Emem Okon (Nigeria) of the Kebetkache Women’s Development and Resource Center; Mithika Mwenda (Kenya) of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance;  Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network; and Diana Copeland of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Africa Network and EMEAC.

Emem Okon’s work with the Kebetkache Women’s Development and Resource Center focuses on community action and education for helping women and children to advance the cause of social justice in Nigeria and around the world. She has been involved with the struggle against Chevron and the environmental, social and economic impacts the multi-national corporate oil giant has had in her community in Nigeria.

Mithika Mwenda is a coordinator with The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance of Kenya, an international lobby group for strategizing environmental justice and sustainable development into national strategies in Africa.

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