| NBEJN History | Leadership
National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) is a
national coalition of environmental justice organizations
and activists of African descent. From 1999 to 2001, the coalition
was known as the Interim National Black Environmental and
Economic Justice Coordinating Committee (INBEEJCC). NBEJN
was formed in December 1999 at the first national gathering
of nearly 300 Black grassroots, environmental and economic
justice activists. The gathering also included youth, labor,
health, and religious organizations, attorneys, academicians
and a whole host of other professional groups from 33 states.
meeting resulted in the development of a national action plan
as well as an organizational structure to facilitate the implementation
of the plan. The official coordinating body for implementation
for the action plan was named the Interim National Black Environmental
and Economic Justice Coordinating Committee. Within this structure,
a committee named the Interim Facilitation Team (IFT), composed
of regional grassroots representatives and other individuals
was created and appointed by attendees during the December
gathering for the purpose of guiding the work in the action
plan both administratively and politically.
its inception, NBEJN has pursued a proactive strategy for
organizing a broad-based Black community to meet the environmental
and health threats that disproportionately affect African
Americans and other people of color.
achieve this goal, our strategy continues to "fight"
for an end to racially discriminatory environmental decision-making
by raising broader awareness within the Black community of
the connection between pollution and poor health, and promoting
sustainable communities by advancing clean production technologies,
pollution strategies and economic alternatives.
carry out our work, we formed committees that focus on issue
areas that were identified as priorities during the December
1999 national gathering, and were further developed during
the first NBEJN-IFT meeting in Jacksonville, Florida in February
2000. Those committees were as follows:
• International Human Rights and Environmental Justice
• Federal Facilities
• Outreach/Community Support
• Clean Production and Sustainable Development
• Youth Leadership Development
• Super-fund Relocation and Land Loss
continues to grow, mature, and expand its network of organizations
and individuals to address critical environmental and economic
justice and health issues affecting African Americans and
persons of African descent around the world.