Press Release — April 23, 2017

Peoples Climate March Announces Speakers for Press Conference

April 23, 2017
Contact: Harrison Beck,

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Washington, DC — The Peoples Climate March today announced the ten speakers who will share their stories for the press on Saturday, April 29th prior to the start of the march. Speakers represent the many communities that are on the frontline of climate change.

The press conference will be held from 10:30 to 11:00 AM at Union Square, in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. There will be a media availability of the speakers, senior leadership of the 50 organizations that comprise the PCM Steering Committee and other notables from 9:15 – 10:00 AM.


Reverend Leo Woodberry, Pastor, Kingdom Living Temple:
Throughout his work, Rev. Woodberry has exhibited remarkable leadership in combating racism and promoting justice, from effectively shutting down the public operations of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina to being an early leader in the environmental justice movement.

Cherri Foytlin, Executive Director, Bold Louisiana:
Author of “Spill It! The Truth About the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion,” Cherri has been a constant voice speaking out for the health and ecosystem of Gulf Coast communities since. She is also a cofounder of The Mothers Project.

Arturo Javier Gonzalez, Volunteer, League of Conservation Voters – Chispa:
Having been involved with the community in Las Vegas for years, Arturo has made it his mission to create new opportunities for other residents who will grow up in the city and for those like him who may not have known what to do after high school. Bringing light to this potential is only the first step of many to come.

Claude Copeland, Board Member, Iraq Veterans Against the War:
Claude S. Copeland, Jr. was born, raised and still resides in Queens, NY. A Black Christian and veteran, Claude’s work speaks to the intersection of militarization, racism and climate change.

Nana Firman, Muslim Outreach Director, GreenFaith:  
Nana directed WWF-Indonesia’s “Green Reconstruction” efforts during a post-tsunami period and developed an urban climate change adaptation/mitigation initiative. Within the Muslim community, Nana has long been an advocate for climate and environmental justice.

Kari Fulton, Organizer, Empower DC:
Kari Fulton is an award winning environmental justice advocate and new media journalist based in Washington, D.C. with a long history of work with the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC) and Empower DC.

Judith Howell, Member and Political Organizer, SEIU 32BJ:
Judith has been a civil rights and human rights activist since the age of 13, when she joined the Bronx CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality). Currently resides in the “Empire’s Headquarters,” in Washington, D.C., and where she is a shop steward and member-political-organizer with SEIU 32BJ.

Nella Pineda-Marcon, Nurse & Member, NY State Nurses Association:
Member of the Board of Directors as well as the Climate Justice Committee of the New York State Nurses Association. Currently working as Assistant Nursing Care Coordinator at the Mt. Sinai – St. Luke’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient. Department and has a Doctorate in Medicine specializing in Pediatrics from the University of Perpetual Help College Of Medicine, Philippines. Led a delegation of NYSNA nurses to act as first responders during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013.

Jazzlyn Lindsey, Organizer, Black Lives Matter DC:
An active member of Black Lives Matter DC, Jazzlyn utilizes her innovative interpersonal skills to educate and engage her peers on issues pertaining to the history of punishment and prisons, environmental racism, and intersectional feminism.

Kilan Ashad-Bishop, Ph.D Candidate, University of Miami:
Kilan Bishop is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Miami, where she is completing her dissertation research studying genetic factors that influence triple negative breast cancer development and progression. She currently serves as a member of the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee as an advocate for low-income communities in resiliency planning.

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