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Saturday, July 9 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Building Your Community's Blueprint for Economic & Energy Democracy

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How can untapped community assets and the skills of our community members be the building blocks for community control of energy and our economy? In this session, participants will learn about community-led projects across the Bronx and Buffalo that leverage community assets to build healthy, resilient community and collective ownership and decision-making for low-income people of color.  In this session, participants will experience popular education tools and asset-mapping strategies that PUSH Buffalo and the Bronx Co-op Development Initiative/NWBCCC have developed in their respective communities to build power around energy democracy. Participants will walk away with a set of resources and exercises they can use to envision, plan for, and achieve energy democracy in their communities.

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Claude Copeland

Claude S. Copeland, Jr. is a board member of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) and an active leader of campaigns for housing and environmental justice and for green, equitable economic development without displacement in the Bronx. He joined NWBCCC in 2012 as a fellow for the Mission Continues, an organization which supported post-9/11 Vets to work with local community groups. He is a board member of Iraq Veterans... Read More →
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Alexis Francisco

Alexis Francisco is a Bronx-based minister and community organizer committed to building communities of faith, justice and well-being. As Assistant Pastor at New Day United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York, he is committed to creating radical Christian faith community that celebrates the divinity of all people across boundaries of race, class, sexual orientation gender and age, while boldly confronting injustice as an expression of... Read More →
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Wanda Salaman

An Afro-Latina who moved from Puerto Rico to the arson prone South Bronx as a child, Wanda Salaman responded to the conditions in her community by getting involved in organizing at age 14. She has worked in the Bronx ever since, for the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and then Mothers on the Move (MOM), where in her first six months she organized 18 tenant associations and was promoted to Co-Director. Wanda has been Executive... Read More →
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Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar

Community Education Specialist, PUSH Buffalo
Meghan is the Community Education Specialist with PUSH. She loves popular education and has the privilege of spending most of her time at PUSH developing popular education materials and facilitating workshops. Her main focus is climate justice and green development. While currently working in Buffalo she lived for many years in El Salvador. She attributes much of her passion and knowledge of popular education to the rich tradition and heritage of... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rockwell Hall 305


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