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We cordially invite you to attend Gustavus Adolphus College's 19th Annual Building Bridges Conference "Disposable Communities?  Demanding Environmental Justice."  This year, our conference focuses on environmental justice.  Our hope for the conference is that we challenge the disposability of our Earth as well as our communities.  Our intention for the conference is to inform people about environmental injustices and to challenge activists of every persuasion to more effectively address this injustice.

More than an intellectual exercise, the conference is intended to ignite action and drive direction.  This year's keynote speakers will be Van Jones, co-founder of four non-profit organizations and former Special Advisor for Green Jobs, and Alexie Torres-Fleming, Jane Jacobs Metal recipient and co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance and Southern Bronx Watershed Alliance.  We are working to produce a conference that will leave a lasting impact on sense of justice and social activism against environmental injustice.

An afternoon of workshops will supplement the keynote speakers.  These will provide conference attendees with an array of opportunities to learn about many facets of environmental justice including environmental racism, local and global examples of environmental injustice, the Native American movement to challenge these injustices, and grassroots movements on environmental injustice.

We encourage you to attend the 19th annual Building Bridges Conference and join us in challenging the disposability of our communities and our Earth.

Kelly Dumais and Mark Zorrilla II
Building Bridges Co-Chairs 2014

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:00 AM CT
Gustavus Adolphus College campus
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TICKETS remain available and may be purchased at the Information Desk in the Jackson Campus Center.


Conference Schedule:

8 a.m. - Registration, Information Desk - lower level of C. Jackson Campus Center
9 a.m. - Co-Chair opening remarks
9:15 a.m. - I Am We Are performance
9:40 a.m. - Earth Guardians
10 a.m. - Van Jones Keynote Address
11 a.m. - Lunch break
12 p.m. - Alexie Torres Fleming Keynote
1 p.m.  - 6:30 p.m. -  Q & A, workshop sessions, action pieces

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