Heart of Illinois Sierra Club Group announces a Very Special Opportunity!
An historic opportunity to witness two national organizational presidents stand side by side to discuss the connections between local environmental and justice issues is coming to central Illinois–and you are invited. The weekend of October 30-31, Sierra Club President Aaron Mair will share the stage with NAACP National President Cornell Books at the 2015 NAACP Illinois State Conference Convention on October 30th in Peoria. The following morning, October 31st, the Heart of Illinois Group will host a brunch with Aaron Mair.
Mark Your Calendar — SAVE the DATEs
Friday, October 30th
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel
501 Main St, Peoria, IL 61602
3:30 – 5:00 PM
ENVIRONMENTAL PANEL discussion
“Union and Minority Job Opportunities in the Illinois Energy Economy.” Moderator George P Mitchell, President, Illinois State Conference of Branches, NAACP with Panelists Illinois Senator Dave Koehler, Chair majority Party Energy & Conservation Committee, Jacqui Patterson NAACP Director of Climate and Environmental Justice Division, Aaron Mair, National President Sierra Club and Tony O’Brian, Business Representative, AFL-CIO Local 649 Operating Engineers. Tony Pierce, Chairman Illinois Peoples Action.
7:00 – 9:00 PM
President Cornell Brooks
Sierra Club President Aaron Mair
Cornell Brooks is in his second year of leading the NAACP with its long history of advocating for racial justice, economic opportunity, equal educational and job opportunities, fair housing and voting rights. NAACP is involved in battles on the local, state and national level for these issues and has become committed to environmental justice issues steadily for the past 20 years, with multiple publications and initiatives.
Aaron Mair is a long time NAACP member and Sierra Club activist from upstate New York. He recently marched with NAACP leaders in Selma, Alabama. Sierra Club has committed itself to linking social justice with environmental issues. He is in his first year as President of Sierra Club, the largest grass roots environmental organization in America.
Saturday, October 31
Peoria Public Library
107 N.E. Monroe, Room LL2
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Brunch with Aaron Mair, Sierra Club President (Please RSVP for the brunch so we know how many to plan for.)
The Heart of Illinois Group has a arranged a very special opportunity for you, Central Illinois environmental activists, to a share a meal and conversation with our Club President, Aaron Mair.
Following the brunch, we’ll be taking Aaron on a scenic drive/walk as time and weather permits.