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EDF & LULAC Will Sponsor a Series of Events on Latino Health and the Environment

August 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) kick off a series of events this Saturday, August 15, as part of their 2015 partnership on Latino health and the environment. The groups are working together to provide information to LULAC Councils and the Latino community about health risks caused by toxic chemicals and climate change pollution, along with key actions Latinos can take to secure a healthier environment for their families, their health and their future.

These events will include guest experts in Climate Science and Toxic Chemicals, environmental advocates, local municipalities, health care providers, and local influencers. The formats for the events will vary from roundtables to panel discussions and film screenings. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion and learn about how these important issues impact the local community.

Members of the media are welcome to join the events throughout August. For more information, contact EDF or LULAC.

Event Information:

•August 15, 2015 – Houston, TX, Doneraki’s Mexican Restaurant, 2903 Woodridge Dr., 9:00-11:00 am

Event: LULAC Council Monthly Chorizo and Menudo Breakfast

Presentations: Climate Change and Latinos in Texas: How climate change is affecting our state, our families, and our health

Guest speakers:

Virginia Palacios, Research Analyst, EDF

Juan Parras, Founder & Director, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, TEJAS

• August 18, 2015 – Elizabeth, NJ, Marriott Courtyard, 87 Glimcher Realty Way, 6:00-8:00pm

Event: Roundtable discussion with experts

Topic: Toxic Chemicals and the Latino Community: Safety of locally-caught seafood

• August 19, 2015 – Chicago, IL, Lincoln United Methodist Church, 2009 W 22nd Pl, Chicago, IL 60609, time: 6:00-8:00pm

Event: Film screening and roundtable discussion with experts

Topic: Climate change and the Latino community: how cleaner, more efficient energy can benefit our communities


Annie Warnock, Hispanic Relations and Media Coordinator, Citizens Utility Board

Juliana Pino, Policy and Research Associate, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

• August 20, 2015 – Miami, FL, LULAC National Educational Service Center (LNESC), 14750 SW 26th St, Ste. 201, Miami, FL, 6:30-8:00 pm

Event: Roundtable discussion with experts

Topic: How climate change is affecting communities in South Florida, and what we can do about it


Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Sea level scientist & Field Organizer, Moms Clean Air Force

Karina Castillo, Director of Programs, The CLEO Institute

Henry Briceño, Affiliate Research Scholar, Florida International University

Ricardo Alvarez, Environmental consultant and Research Associate, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University

• August 21, 2015 – Norwalk, CA, City of Norwalk Sports Complex, 6:30-8:00 pm

Event: Roundtable discussion with experts

Topic: Climate change and the Latino community: how California’s climate leadership is creating a brighter future for our communities


Jorge Madrid, California Clean Energy Campaign Manager, EDF

Aura Vasquez, Environmental advocate and consultant

Linda Escalante, Policy Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council


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