Lois Gibbs, Environmental Justice icon

The 2019 Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum presents

Lois Gibbs
Environmental Justice Pioneer & Icon

Join us as we honor Lois Gibbs for her lifelong work for environmental justice. In 1978, as a young mother in Niagara Falls, she led the grassroots fight for justice at Love Canal, resulting in the evacuation of over 800 families and the creation of the first EPA Superfund site. Since then she has worked tirelessly to train and support local activists of environmental causes around the nation. She is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice in Washington, D.C.

Following the brief presentation of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award and reflections by Ms. Gibbs, she will be joined by two young activists from the organization Zero Hour, a national youth-led movement that provides training and resources for new young activists wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Their broader discussion will center around the changing strategic approaches related to environmental and climate justice in our increasingly complicated and imperiled world.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Trinitarian Congregational Church

54 Walden Street

Concord, Massachusetts

The mission of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum is to promote peace and justice among all people and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. Held annually in September, the Forum invites a distinguished individual to speak about his or her work and vision. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11, the Forum inaugurated the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award to honor our distinguished speaker’s work and commend the speaker’s contributions to a more peaceful and just world. More
The Forum honors the memory of Al Filipov, a beloved member of Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord Massachusetts, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. An engineer by training, Al was a husband and father, a human rights activist, painter, inventor, and raconteur. He sought out the best in people and cared passionately about the world in its beauty and pain. He earnestly believed in the power of an individual to make a difference in the world. More
Beginning in September, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Forum has sponsored speakers and related events to advance its mission of peace and justice. Past speakers have included author and journalist John Hockenberry; The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundations; Rye Barcott, co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org, and James Yee, author of For God and Country. More