Justice First Tour Stop Newport News Virginia

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When a reverend and a forest protection activist became friends, they had more in common than they realized.

So they launched the Justice First Tour last month, a 10-state listening tour of sorts that will make a stop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday in Newport News at the Dochiki Civic and Social Club, 2205 Chestnut Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The Justice First Tour is the brainchild of Leo Woodbury, a South Carolina-based reverend who is also an environmental and energy justice activist, and Danna Smith, executive director of Dogwood Alliance, a forest protection group.

“They got to talking and realized there was a huge intersection between their work, in the sense that climate justice is an issue for all people and forest protection is an issue for all people,” said Scot Quaranda, communications director for the Dogwood Alliance. “Out of that, out of their friendship and their discusisons, they got to a point where they realized everyone across the country — and especially in the southern U.S. — is facing justice issues.”