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Rodney Sumler Day: Economic, Environmental Justice and Organizing Action

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National Black Theatre Inc

2031 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10035

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"Activism is the rent you pay for living on this planet" - Alice Walker

For over 50 years, Rodney Sumler was a civil rights activist who worked tirelessly for the environmental and economic rights of people of color in rural North Carolina until his passing in 2015. He helped organize the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, NC (a keystone event in the modern Civil Rights movement) and ran his black owned newspaper, the AC Phoenix, for over 20 years dedicating it to proliferating local black businesses

On March 13th 2015, the Mayor of Winston-Salem declared Rodney Sumler Day (RSD) an official city holiday to honor him for his service to the city and for the purpose of continuing the spirit of his mission: empowering communities through grass roots organizing. After his passing, his daughter by formed the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation for Environmental Justice and Economic Empowerment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

March 13 will be a night of celebration AND action. The Foundation will celebrating the archiving of the AC Phoenix News, 30 years local community engagement. We will also be raising money to continue the AC Phoenix News, to support scholarships for people of color who want to do research on economic and environmental justice. Sponsorships are available and we will be happy to discuss how your small business can attain tax deductible consulting services.

Come out for great food (like a real meal, food), fun, and discussion on how you can make an impact in your community on environmental-economic injustice issues!


Activities:

Community Livestream on Facebook Live

Brief Presentation with the founder, Rahni Sumler

Archival Scavenger Hunt with Prizes

Networking with local environmental/economic activists and organizations

Dance Party with DJ Zachary Osburne



Presenters


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahnisumler

Coming from a long line of community activists, Rahni Sumler has dedicated her life to increasing public knowledge about environmental issues through her skills in data analysis, technical communication, and technical strategy. Contributing to scientific publications for the University of Minnesota's Climate Expedition 2011-2012, she helped visualize climate change via analysis of decades of climate data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). She is also an avid blogger, including extensive independent reporting on the ongoing Duke Power Coal Ash Dumping Crisis on North Carolina’s Dan River. This included an investigation of the power company influencing academia; blogging extensively about the impact of misinformation in the public sphere and how to combat it. She is head editor of the AC Pharos Newsletter, which focuses on promoting economic justice through civic engagement, and the Chairwoman of the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Environmental Protection.




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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Must be at least 21. Bring your IDs for beverages

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
National Black Theatre is best accessed via the 2 or 3 line at 125th street. Walk east one block to 5th Ave.

There is also a 24 hour car park, West 125th Street Garage, which is one avenue away.
For more information about parking you can go to Google Maps entry here.


What can I bring into the event?

Bring great ideas, passion and a healthy appetite! Since there will be trivia and an opportunity to draw in public, you can practice for either if you like.
The RSVP donation is a donation and does not cover the cost of food.
Rain checks or cancellations will be refunded up until a week before the event.



How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We will be tracking the #RSFTalks on twitter. You can live tweet or ask any additional questions there.


What's the refund policy?
All deposits will be used as a donation to the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Environmental Protection. We will provide a donation letter.



Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
This is an event about environmentalism! No printed ticket is needed. We would just need to see your name at the door.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes! Just have the person whose name is printed let us know that you are coming.

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2031 5th Avenue

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