Virtual Discussion: Mega-dairies and Environmental Justice from New Mexico to Oregon
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Join us for a virtual discussion to learn more about the disastrous impacts of mega-dairies in Oregon and New Mexico!
Oregon and New Mexico are suffering from the impacts of mega-dairies. Weak rules have allowed industrial mega-dairies to push family farmers off the land, pollute our air and water, and threaten the health of our communities.
We’ll hear from experts and grassroots partners leading campaigns to enact mega-dairy moratoriums in Oregon and New Mexico and you'll learn how you can help hold state officials accountable for the impacts of these facilities.
Date: Tuesday, June 23rd at 5:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. MT
Where: Online, from the comfort of your home.
After you RSVP, we'll send you an email with a link to join the discussion. We'll be using a web conferencing platform called Zoom so you can see our faces — so we recommend that you join from a computer if you can.
Our powerful list of speakers includes:
Amanda Starbuck - Senior Food Researcher and Policy Analyst, Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action
Aside from her work at Food & Water Watch, Amanda previously worked as a Policy Analyst for Citizen Health & Safety at the Center for Effective Government, where she focused on chemical hazards and fracking. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and Philosophy & Religion from the University of North Dakota, and a master's in Global Environmental Policy from American University.
Ana Elisa Wilson - Community Organizer, Oregon Rural Action
Ana Elisa grew up in northern Mexico (Cd. Orbregon, Sonora) and brings extensive organizational and educational experience as a health promoter and master trainer of chronic disease to Hispanic rural and urban communities in Eastern Oregon and Washington.
She is also a community organizer with Oregon Rural Action working on housing, health, social justice and education issues affecting Latino communiteis in the Umatilla and Morrow counties in Eastern Oregon. Oregon Rural Action is a member of the Stand Up To Factory Farms coalition that works to protect Oregon from the harmful effects of mega-dairies.
Dan Lorimier - Chair of the New Mexico Citizens Dairy Coalition
Dan Lorimier is a longtime environmental advocate from southern New Mexico who served as the former Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter organizer and lobbyist.
Currently, Dan serves as the Chair of the New Mexico Citizens Dairy Coalition, a group that was established in 2009 to help craft water quality and permitting rules for the dairy industry. Southern New Mexico communities have suffered from water contamination, poor air quality, and swarms of flies caused by mega-dairies in the region. The New Mexico Citizens Dairy Coalition includes diverse member groups whose work focuses on clean-water, worker-rights, animal protection, environmental and community-based issues near mega-dairies.