The Girl Talk: Clear Air, Clean Water, Can't Lose (The Girl Talk's Enviro Justice Show)

The Girl Talk: Clear Air, Clean Water, Can't Lose (The Girl Talk's Enviro Justice Show)

Cheryl Johnson, Robin Amer

Tue, April 24, 2018

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$5.00

Tickets at the Door

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Clear Air, Clean Water, Can't Lose (The Girl Talk's Enviro Justice Show)
Clear Air, Clean Water, Can't Lose (The Girl Talk's Enviro Justice Show)
In honor of Earth Day, The Girl Talk is getting real about where we are as a city, state and country when it comes to environmental justice.



This week, the Tribune reported that brain-damaging lead was found in homes across Chicago. On the Southeast Side, residents have been fighting corporations that continue to pollute the air we breathe and water we drink.



This month, we are welcoming a legend in the world of environmental justice in Chicago. Cheryl Johnson is the daughter of the late Hazel Johnson, “Mother of Environmental Justice,” who founded People for Community Recovery 36 years ago in Altgeld Gardens on the Far South Side. Cheryl has carried on her mother’s mission, training Chicagoans to be aware of environmental issues and encouraging the city’s youth to explore careers in environmental protection.



Robin Amer has been covering the impacts of pollution on Chicagoans as a reporter and editor for years––from her hyperlocal reporting on how petcoke impacted Southeast Side residents at DNAinfo to her coverage of the city’s ability to handle climate change for the Chicago Reader. Her focus on environmental justice continues in her upcoming USA Today podcast, “The City.”
Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson is a long-time residents of Altgeld Gardens a public housing development located on the far south side of Chicago. She is a mother of two, grandmother of one. Ms. Johnson is the daughter of the late Hazel Johnson, “Mother of Environmental Justice,” who founded People for Community Recovery 36 years ago and now Cheryl has taken the reign to continue to fight for environmental justice and equality in Chicago. Cheryl has been with PCR for the past thirty years as an administrative assistance to project manager and now the executive director of PCR. Ms. Johnson is a strong advocate like her mom on air pollution and its negative impacts on human health. She believes the climate change is real like her mother stated two decades ago that if America does not change its practices of damaging our ozone layers and emitting toxins into our air, we will see a change in our weather patterns. Today’s her statement is true and we call it Climate Change.

Ms. Johnson has various training experiences and holds many certificates that are environmental related to help assist her in educating her community. Ms. Johnson has co-written several journal articles on environmental health and risk factors, she a passion speaker about environmental issues and the injustices associated with it and belongs to several organizations that address environment, health, housing, and safety issues. In 2012 former Governor Pat Quinn appointed Ms. Johnson as one of the 12 members of the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission. 2015 Ms. Johnson became a member of a federal advisory board, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) under the auspice of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Robin Amer
Robin Amer is the creator, host, and executive producer of The City, a long-form investigative podcast forthcoming from the USA TODAY NETWORK in fall 2018. The City won WNYC’s 2015 Podcast Accelerator competition, besting nearly 400 other entries, before being acquired by the network.

Robin previously served as the deputy editor of the alt-weekly Chicago Reader, where she supervised the paper’s national-award-winning investigations, and as a producer for WBEZ Chicago Public Media.

Her work has been recognized with two national awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, among others, and her contributions to the podcast Gravy helped the Southern Foodways Alliance program win the 2015 James Beard Award for best podcast. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University, among others.

Robin received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University on a full-tuition scholarship from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. After graduating she worked as an investigative reporting fellow for Medill Watchdog, contributing to a year-long collaboration with The Chicago Tribune that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Art Semiotics.

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