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CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIUMS

NEWSLETTER FALL 2005

The City Project, along with the William C. Velasquez Institute, Anahuak Youth Soccer Association, Mujeres de la Tierra, and REMAP-LA (UCLA), hosted the Latino summit on the environment at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on November 13, 2005. The City Project’s Executive Director Robert Garcia presented unifying principles to close the summit on the topic “A Latino Reframing of Environmentalism.” Latino leaders from government, community, business, labor, academia, religious, and youth sectors discussed the connections between their central concerns —jobs, education, public safety, housing, healthcare, immigration reform— and environmental priorities.

The City Project presented a paper in Ireland on public interest law and litigation in the United States at the October 2005 “Conference on Public Interest Law in Ireland-The Reality and the Potential” hosted by FLAC (Free Legal Advice Center) an independent human rights organization based in Ireland.

Policy Director Chris Hicks presented at the Environmental Justice Symposium sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the San Fernando Regional Pastoral Council, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Justice and Peace, and the Justice and Peace Commission. The panel focused on how communities of color and low-income communities are impacted by and can impact the environment that surrounds them.