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Building Bridges For Justice: Uniontown
January 16 @ 11:15 am - January 17 @ 4:00 pm
Hosted by Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice:
Join Black Belt Citizens on MLK Weekend for programs featuring a Saturday Prayer Supper, a community tour, local story-telling session, and cultural infrastructure workshop with a focus on civil rights, environmental justice and community empowerment.
Bright Eyes Club, County Rd 21, Uniontown, AL. Directions: Bright Eyes Club is located off County Rd 21 in between Tayloe Rd and Rev R L Flowers Rd. The building is blue & white.
FREE and open to the public, but please pre-register at https://ajohnston1.wufoo.com/forms/qaghaww0un3xtl/. Meals will be provided for dinner & supper on Saturday.
Lodging is available for Friday and Saturday night for out-of-towners.
Saturday, January 16:
11:15: Check-in and registration
12 PM: Lunch with opening of program by Black Belt Citizens, free for all!
Lunch-Supper: Community story-telling session, cemetery & landfill updates, environmental justice reports + networking time & more by Al Young, Black & Green and Hands Off Appalachia
6 PM: MLK Prayer Supper with program on civil rights & environmental justice
Sunday, January 17:
AM: Church, location TBA at Saturday’s program
LUNCH: on your own
PM: Community tour 1-4
Actions in Uniontown related to poverty, industrial pollution, and discrimination continue current exploitation and oppression in the majority all-black community of Alabama’s Black Belt region. Multiple pollution sources impact residents including Arrowhead Landfill which stores over 4 million tons of toxic coal ash. This landfill is experiencing unpermitted amounts of water runoff leaving the site and entering neighboring property. Also, the landfill may have committed illegal trespassing & desecration of an adjacent Black cemetery. The owners of this landfill, Green Group Holdings, own and operate many extreme landfills around the US. This MLK weekend, community residents, environmental justice advocates, and civil rights leaders will come together to help support the community and families that have ancestors resting at the cemetery, some of which are former slaves.
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