January 3, 2016

A coalition of Yolo County community and environmental groups is sponsoring a community meeting in Davis on Sunday, January 8, focusing on climate and environmental justice issues.

In response to a new administration that has vowed to reverse long-standing environmental regulations, speakers and discussion groups will address ways to respond to policy changes affecting local communities, the nation, and the planet.

This free event will be held at Davis Community Church, 412 C Street in Davis, from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is recommended at http://bit.ly/CommunityGathering2. Walk-ins will be admitted if space is available.

Child care, Spanish interpretation, and other accommodations can be requested by sending an email to davisphoenixco@gmail.com with COMMUNITY GATHERING in the subject line.

Morales and Buxton will speak
Davis-based writer Nick Buxton, author of “Breaking With Fear: Building Justice, Solidarity and Compassion in a Climate of Insecurity” will speak on issues of climate change, militarism, and economic justice. Buxton is also a volunteer for Cool Davis.

Itzel Morales, a biochemical engineer and environmental educator and a native of Mexico, works for Green Island Environmental Group, where she creates incentives for recycling and conservation programs. Morales is also a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, speaking to audiences around the world about climate change. She is currently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at UC Davis working to empower communities to mitigate climate change.

Lupita Torres, a Standing Rock Sioux member and DAPL activist, will also speak.
Davis Community Church Pastor Chris Neufeld-Erdman will also participate in the meeting. Under his leadership, Davis Community Church was designated an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church USA. The church is active with the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice.

Series of community meetings facilitates local actions

The gathering is the second in a series of meetings planned after the election to discuss how local communities should respond to the current political climate. More than 350 people registered for the first meeting but many more showed up at the door. That December 4 meeting focused on groups targeted by the incoming administration: Muslims, LGBTQ, immigrants, undocumented, and women.

In addition to presentations, attendees will meet in small groups to share resources and plan solutions. Local environmental groups will also be available with resources and information.

These intentional gatherings have been drawn together by a desire to co-create the kind of world we wish to live in, gather around our desires to improve our world, and grow our sense of strength so we can make a difference.

Sponsors of the January 8 meeting include the Davis Phoenix Coalition, Davis United Methodist Church, Yolo MoveOn, Sierra Club Yolano Group, Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice, Cool Davis, Davis Community Church, St. James Environmental Justice group, and Yolano Climate Action.

Groups tabling during the event include the Sierra club, Bike Davis, Yolano Climate Action, Yolo MoveOn, Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice, Cool Davis, and Cool Cuisine.

Asisteré a la reunión, llevaré un boleto, y necesitaré interpretación en español? Email davisphoenixco@gmail.com. Se habla espanol.

Contact Gloria Partida of the Phoenix Coalition for more information: davisphoenixco@gmail.com.

To RSVP/share this link: http://bit.ly/CommunityGathering2