Jenny Lee to present at Netroots Nation

AMP Executive Director Jenny Lee will present on July 19 at the Netroots Nation conference. The topic of the presentation is "48217: What One of the Country’s Most Polluted Zip Codes Can Teach Us about Environmental and Digital Justice"

Netroots Nation "[amplifies] progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate." The conference is taking place July 17-20 at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

48217: What One of the Country’s Most Polluted Zip Codes Can Teach Us about Environmental and Digital Justice

Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Jul. 19 11:00 AM
Ends: Saturday, Jul. 19 12:15 PM
Room: 140 C

With only 8,200 residents, southeast Michigan’s 48217 zip code is sandwiched between I-75 and giant industrial polluters. Smokestacks billow above schoolyards in River Rouge, MI, where more than 1.6 million pounds of hazardous chemicals are released into the community every year. The zip is part of Wayne County, which has the highest number of pediatric asthma cases in the state, combined with the highest state population of those living in poverty. Clean air and water violations abound the physical space, coupled with barriers to affordable cyberspace, threatening many residents’ ability to survive in a digital age. Learn about the interplay between environmental and digital justice in one community, from fighting for equal access to the internet, launching community media labs, and improving air quality.

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