Date(s) - Friday 12/11/2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Register for either/both days of this event here!
Opening night of a virtual weekend connecting features youth media from Hudson River Watershed environmental justice advocates!
The opening of the two day Water Justice Confluence will kick off with a sneak premiere of the water justice documentary Echoes from Lock One, a participatory youth production, followed by a panel/Q&A focused on the youth creators. We will then meet the four youth groups leading the Confluence, along with their Environmental Justice Mentors. The first evening will end with a social hour with live musical performance!
- Echoes from Lock One Sneak Preview!
North Troy teens spent five weeks with Media Sanctuary creating a multimedia documentary on
water justice and the legacy of the Erie Canal in one of NY’s most economally challenged and environmentally devastated neighborhoods.
Mistah Jayohcee is an Artist, Activist, Performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and promoter – a jack of all trades. He is a First Nations Mohawk Warrior who is also a hip-hop artist. Jayohcee is featured in Echoes from Lock One, teaching youth how to write and perform hip hop for their video.
PARTICIPATING YOUTH GROUPS
- Water Justice Lab
The Water Justice Lab fellows are taking a leadership role organizing and leading the Water Justice Confluence. This youth science mentorship program is a project of Media Sanctuary’s NATURE (North Troy Art Technology and Urban Research in Ecology) Lab Environmental Education Center and Riverkeeper. The project will establish a water quality sampling lab, educate diverse communities about water literacy and water civics (water issues and how to make a difference), develop the advocacy capacity of the North Troy area, and strengthen a network of environmental justice advocates focused on water issues in the Hudson River Watershed.
- The Kingston YMCA Farm Project
The Kingston YMCA Summer Youth Crew wrote and created a video called Truth Talk. As part of their summer experience, the youth read Stamped: A Remix by Jason Reynolds based on Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. Truth Talk focuses on what they learned about our history and how to be an anti-racist agent of change. Watch Truth Talk now…
- Groundwork Hudson Valley
Groundwork Hudson Valley creates sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity.
The Green Team program hires local teenagers enrolled in the Yonkers Public School system for environmental jobs – for many, their first real job. The program focuses on leadership, group dynamics, and a variety of conservation and construction skills. This hard work is tempered with amazing adventures, like hiking, camping, and swimming.
Environmental Justice Mentors
- Sachem HawkStorm, hereditary sachem (chief) of the Schaghticoke People, is a fierce advocate for the rights of his people as well as other indigenous peoples in the New York region and beyond. His work focuses on cultural heritage, education, and tribal sovereignty. He helped lead People’s Climate marches in 2014 and 2017 as well as the Native Nations Rise March in 2017. Sachem HawkStorm is an advocate for environmental justice and the preservation of indigenous land and waters. https://www.instagram.com/hawkstorm.forreal/
MORE ABOUT WATER JUSTICE LAB
Organized and hosted by Water Justice Lab, a new project of Media Sanctuary’s NATURE (North Troy Art Technology and Urban Research in Ecology) Lab Environmental Education Center and Riverkeeper. The project will establish a water quality sampling lab, educate diverse communities about water literacy and water civics (water issues and how to make a difference), develop the advocacy capacity of the North Troy area, and strengthen a network of environmental justice advocates focused on water issues in the Hudson River Watershed.