What happens when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not uphold its executive order to promote environmental justice? Marsha Coleman-Adebayo lives this story and tells it in her presentation, “No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA,” at a colloquium organized by the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The public is invited to the free event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4, in the Community Room at AUNE.
When working on the 1996 Gore-Mbeki Commission in South Africa, Coleman-Adebayo, a senior policy analyst for the EPA, discovered evidence of vanadium poisoning from mining. The scope of the poisoning was bigger than the 1984 Bhopal disaster, when a leaking pesticide gas in India killed nearly four thousand people. Her supervisor at the EPA told her to say nothing. But Coleman-Adebayo spoke up, leading to a large civil rights discrimination case against the EPA.
“Inside Marsha Coleman-Adebayo there’s a streak of Rosa Parks,” Jack White wrote in Time magazine. She is a founder and leader of the No FEAR Coalition and EPA Employees Against Racial Discrimination, and is on the board of directors of the National Whistleblowers Center.
Coleman-Adebayo will sign copies of her book, No Fear, which can be purchased at Toadstool Books in Keene. Find out more about her here.
The colloquium will be hosted by Claudia Ford, ES doctoral student at AUNE.