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Environmental Grantmakers and Newark Funders Joint Meeting: The Sacrifice Zone

Environmental Grantmakers and Newark Funders Joint Meeting: The Sacrifice Zone

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 -
10:00am to 11:30am EST
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Philanthropy’s Role in Restoring Newark’s Most Toxic Sites and Advancing Environmental Justice in New Jersey

Join Environmental and Newark grantmakers for a screening and discussion of the The Sacrifice Zone, a new documentary looking at how advocates and community-based organizations can change policies and protect their neighborhoods from toxic pollution. 

The Environmental Protection Agency prioritizes the nation’s most contaminated land by labeling it as a “Superfund” site. New Jersey has over 100 Superfund sites and four in Newark alone. These areas are more vulnerable to environmental emergencies, pollution, and natural disasters that threaten the health and safety of the community and disproportionately harm people of color, immigrants, and low-income residents. The “Sacrifice Zone” is an area of Newark’s Ironbound district that has been subject to severe environmental damage. While Governor Murphy recently signed a landmark environmental justice law to require more evaluation of environmental and public health impacts of polluting facilities in our state and to grant the state the power to deny construction of such facilities based on cumulative pollution, there is still a long road until all New Jerseyans are free from these environmental hazards. 

After the screening, join us for an engaging discussion with leaders from the documentary on philanthropy’s role in restoring the “Sacrifice Zone” and advancing environmental justice in communities burdened by pollution throughout New Jersey. 

Information on how to access the screening and discussion will be sent to attendees beforehand. 

Speakers include:
Maria Lopez-Nunez, Deputy Director, Organizing and Advocacy, Ironbound Community Corporation 
Melissa Miles, Executive Director, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance

Cost: Free for CNJG Member Grantmakers, $50 for Nonmember Grantmakers
This program is only open to staff and trustees from grantmaking organizations.

For questions, please contact Anna D’Elia, Manager of Programs and Learning.