VOL. 133 | NO. 32 | Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Groups in Memphis Speak Against Trump’s Environmental Agenda
Daily News staff
Three activist groups are holding a series of events in Memphis highlighted by the appearance of several speakers Wednesday, Feb. 14, outside the Lorraine Motel that call for action by President Trump’s administration and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
The 15th annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, in conjunction with Green the Church and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is being held in Memphis through Feb. 15. The conference this year commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s social justice work and the legacy of Memphis sanitation workers to fight for better wages and safety protections.
On Feb. 14, the date when negotiations between the city and the union broke off 50 years ago, faith and labor leaders will speak against the Trump administration’s anti-regulation and anti-climate change agenda they say adversely impacts the health and finances of African-Americans and marginalized communities.
Speakers outside the Lorraine Motel, at Mulberry Street and East Butler Avenue, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday include:
• Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers, general secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
• Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, founder, Green the Church, and pastor of Church by the Side of the Road, Berkeley, California
• Rev. Earle J. Fisher, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Memphis
• Mr. Doug Moore, executive director of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 and AFSCME International vice president
• Rev. Traci Blackman, environmental justice, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and executive minister of United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries.
Contact Dana Swinney at email@example.com for more information about the conference.