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Exploring Social Justice- The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment

Event Description
In 2013, Maya van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory in Pennsylvania that not only protected communities from ruthless frackers, but breathed legal life into the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment. Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change. van Rossum’s talk will seek to discuss and inspire a new tool for environmental preservation, one that will provide a new way of thinking about, and pursuing, environmental protection from a policy as well as a legal perspective. 

Speaker Bio
Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and has led the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) for 23 years. The role of the Delaware Riverkeeper is to give the Delaware River, and the communities that depend upon it and appreciate it, a voice at every decisionmaking table that could provide help or do harm. DRN works throughout the 4 states of the Delaware River watershed (NY, NJ, PA & DE) and at the national level. van Rossum is advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation and is author of a book titled The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment

About the Series
The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.

Light refreshments will be served. All events are free and open to the public.