New NAACP Leader Accelerates The Fight For Environmental Justice With And For Communities
The NAACP appointed Abre' Conner as Director of Environmental and Climate Justice as part of its broader civil rights efforts. Her professional experience as an attorney for the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is combined with her personal experience growing up in Lakeland, Florida, a rural area between Tampa and Orlando with poor air quality. As the climate crisis worsens, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged regions, more people are realizing the long-term implications of where people live and work on their health. The NAACP and others are working with communities to lobby for fair resources to enable healthy living. o lean air and water, safe sidewalks, and reliable energy and transportation.