Do all people have the right to clean, breathable air and safe, drinkable water and food deserts? What recourse do we have when government policies deliberately harm the environment of communities of color? Our natural resources are major battlegrounds in the fight for social justice, around the world and right here in Newark.

NJPAC invites you to join us for Environmental Justice, the next PSEG True Diversity Film Series screening and panel discussion. One week before we meet, we’ll screen the documentary The Sacrifice Zone, about environmental injustice and environmental racism in Newark’s Ironbound district.

NJPAC’s PSEG True Diversity Film Series focuses on films that examine different aspects of the ongoing social justice movement. Our series follows a book club model: We’ll watch the selected films in our homes, then come together online to discuss them with panelists who can offer context.

How to participate:

  1. Register here!
  2. We’ll send you a link the week of January 17, 2022 so you can watch The Sacrifice Zone from home on your own schedule.
  3. Join us for a virtual panel discussion at 7PM on January 24, 2022.

Our panel will be moderated by Laura Lawson, the Interim Executive Dean of the School of the School for Environmental and Biological Sciences and Interim Executive Director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers. We’ll discuss the film and the creative ways our panelists are improving the natural resources of their communities.

Our panelists include:

Tobias A. Fox, Founder and Managing Director of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. and Founder of Newark Community Food System.

Angela Oberg, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University and Associate Director for the Office of Climate Action.

Maria Irene Lopez, Deputy Director of Organizing and Advocacy of Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and the subject of The Sacrifice Zone.

Emilio Panasci, Co-Founder and Director of Urban Agriculture Cooperative, and director of Planting Seeds of Hope in Newark.