Justice First Tour Kickoff Interviews

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, a broad coalition of nonprofits launched a major new effort to promote climate and energy justice throughout the South by kicking off the ten-state “Justice First Tour.” Rev. Leo Woodberry, one of the tour’s lead organizers and executive director of the Florence, South Carolina-based New Alpha Community Development Corporation and advisor to Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” Campaign, agreed to an exclusive interview with CleanTechnica to talk about the Justice First Tour.

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The 2018 Justice First Southern Tour | Building Solidarity Throughout the South

The southeastern region of the United States had more polluting facilities than anywhere in the United States of America. It’s one of the poorest regions in the United States and suffers the greatest number climate- and weather- related impacts in the country. The south is also the last funded region by philanthropic organizations in the country. Nonetheless, some of the most successful and impactful work around issues are being performed daily in the South.

One of the things that is slowing down the momentum of our movements and limiting our success in various issue areas, is the fact that our work is often operating in a silo, segregated, or segmenting. The purpose of the Justice First Tour is to build solidarity in the South by issuing the call for justice first. This solidarity still provide an umbrella under which all of us can work. It is time that we move toward working for environmental justice, earth justice, economic justice, climate justice, creation care justice, social justice, racial justice, gender justice, etc. If we commit to posting and attaining justice in all our issue areas for all of our communities and constituents, we will have attained victory, justice, and equity for us all.

Every successful movement had an umbrella under which everyone can work under. A classic example is the civil rights movement in the South. People work together in solidarity because of their faith, commitment to nonviolence, living integrated communities, having access to lunch counters, being able to attend any school or college, for forbidden positions of power, and simply to have the right to vote. We believe that the Justice First Tour can be the beginning of accomplishing that same solidarity in the South.

The tour will be covering cities in the following States: North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia to date. Below are the dates and locations that are confirmed venues for the tour thus far.

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