WHAT IS THE
The Descendants Project is an emerging organization committed to the intergenerational healing and flourishing of the Black descendant community in the Louisiana river parishes. The lands of the river parishes hold the intersecting histories of enslavement, settler colonialism, and environmental degradation.
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Thursday, August 3, 2023
The Descendants Project is Fighting for Environmental Justice & Black History August 3, 2023 at 8 AM
Dominique DiPrima "First Things First" -
The Descendants Project is leading the charge to recapture assets seized through racist and illegal means in Louisiana and enhance what we know as environmental justice through their work. Jo Banner is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Descendants Project, where she challenges systems, primarily legal systems that have exploited the descendants, such as herself, of those enslaved to plantations. She has spoken before the United Nations and participated in the first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.