You are invited to an electrifying town hall-style event to lift Georgia’s voices for justice! Join Georgia WAND Education Fund to help kick off the national “Freedom to Breathe Tour” headed to San Francisco, California September 12-14 for the Global Climate Action Summit. Our extravaganza event also features the final stop of the 2018 “Justice First Tour,” wrapping up stops in 20 cities in 11 southern states, raising awareness about the need to center justice in energy equity and sustainability conversations.
We want people to walk away from this event with a commitment to build power in local communities; address systemic racism; help Get Out The Vote this fall; advance nuclear harm reduction efforts; and build solidarity with each other across frontlines of impact. Add your voice to a chorus of Georgians as we elevate our southern-based strategies and stories to the national level. Come out and build community with people from frontline communities, people of faith, local activists, artists, and elected officials!
Georgia is ground zero for the nuclear industry. The Georgia Public Service Commission recently voted to continue construction of reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle, the first nuclear energy build in 40 years, in Burke County, GA. Georgia Power customers have been footing a substantial part of the bill, including some public schools such as Atlanta Public Schools. To make matters worse, every day Plant Vogtle uses 62-75 millions gallons of contaminated river water to cool the nuclear reactors in units 1 and 2. Simultaneously, nuclear weapons complex Savannah River Site (SRS), which sits on top of Burke County and Plant Vogtle, is increasing their nuclear weapons activities under the National Nuclear Security Administration.
This very special convergence event will illustrate the connections between the need to grow a sustainable energy economy and the economic security of communities of color and poor communities. Between the need for accountable government budgets that support peace and conflict resolution and clean water, air, land, and stable climates. Between creating physical safety for Black and Brown men and equitable policy for LGBTQIA communities. Between immigrant and refugee justice and quality of life for transgender people, gender-nonconforming people, and cisgender women. Human rights and social justice are inextricably connected to individual participation and collective power. We hope people leave seeing themselves within these intersections.
The Freedom to Breathe Tour, hosted by Climate Nexus, is a cross-country bus tour that spotlights injustice and elevates the stories of Americans advancing solutions. Fueled by the climate change challenges and the need to ensure that climate solutions include all Americans, Freedom to Breathe invokes the Freedom Riders of the 60’s in a call-to-action for people throughout the country to confront the racial, social, economic, and climate challenges that America faces today.
The Justice First Tour is a product of a collaboration between the New Alpha Development Corporation, the Dogwood Alliance, and is supported by the Sierra Club, GreenFaith, and the US Climate Action Network.
Georgia WAND is a woman-led, grassroots organization. Our mission is to educate the public and opinion leaders about the need to reduce violence and militarism in society and redirect excessive military spending to unmet human and environmental needs. Our 25-year goals are to mitigate, reduce, or reverse nuclear and environmental harms in Georgia communities; and to build economic, political, and cultural power in frontline communities.
Join us August 25, 2018 from 10am-1pm at the Dunbar Recreation Center at 477 Windsor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312.