National Black Environmental Justice Network

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The National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) is a national preventive health and environmental/economic justice network with affiliates in 33 states and the District of Columbia. NBEJN members include some of the nation's leading African American grassroots environmental justice activists, community organizers, researchers, lawyers, public health specialists, technical experts, and authors addressing the intersection of public health, environmental hazards, and economic development within Black communities. NBEJN was formed in December 1999 during an emergency gathering of African American leaders. We came together in New Orleans, Louisiana to map out strategies to address environmental and health disparities in the African American community.

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