Standing Rock is Everywhere
At the heart of Indigenous, environmental, racial & social justice

April 18, 2017 • 12 PM
Emerald Bay CDE, UCI Student Center

About the Program

In collaboration with the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, New Narratives and campus partners present Standing Rock is Everywhere.

With Standing Rock as a focal point, the event brings perspective to campus as communities respond to enduring and intersecting crises of Indigenous, environmental, racial and social injustice. Panelists will lift up ways that Standing Rock has become a catalyst for intersectional analysis and movement building across issue and geography.

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Panel Session: 12-1:30 p.m.
Post-Panel Discussion: 2-2:45 p.m.
Lunch hors d’oeuvres provided

Opening & Welcome to the Land

Angela MooneyAngela Mooney D’Arcy
Director, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples; Acjachemen community member

Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation) has been working with Tribal Nations, Indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations on Indigenous environmental justice issues for over eighteen years. She is the founder and executive director of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based, Indigenous-led organization that works to build the capacity of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples to protect sacred lands, waters and cultures.


Janaya KhanJanaya Khan
Co-founder, Black Lives Matter – Canada

Janaya Khan is a leading voice in the global crusade demanding social transformation, justice and equality. Known as future within the Black Lives Matter movement, Khan is a Black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, boxer and social justice educator. Khan’s dedication and bold approach to social justice work has created opportunities to contribute to academic and frontline community dialogue, engaging audiences on the global impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement. Khan participated in the Black Lives Matter mobilization at Standing Rock.

L. Frank ManriquezL. Frank Manriquez
Tongva-Ajachmem-Raramuri tribal scholar, activist, artist, writer

L. Frank has won multiple awards for their work, is active in the Two-Spirit culture, and is an Air Force veteran playing a key role in building physical infrastructure at Standing Rock and participating in the veterans’ mobilization there.
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Jacqui PattersonJacqui Patterson
Director, NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program

Since 2007 Jacqui Patterson has also served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. Patterson’s work has focused women’s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Her publications and articles include ”Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma,” “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue,” “Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact,” “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color,” “Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People,” “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs,” “And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet.”


Suma PeesapatiSuma Peesapati
Visiting assistant professor, UCI School of Law; Board president, Communities for a Better Environment

Suma Peesapati specializes in environmental law, litigation and legal research. She has worked as staff attorney for the UCI Law Environmental Law Clinic, Earthjustice and Communities For a Better Environment.

Abby ReyesAbby Reyes
Director, UCI Community Resilience Projects, Office of Sustainability; Board co-chair, EarthRights International

Abby Reyes is the director of Community Resilience Projects in the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Irvine. From 2013-2016, Ms. Reyes directed the UCI Sustainability Initiative. Reyes is a human rights and environmental lawyer with a focus on supporting communities facing the adverse effects of mining, oil and gas projects.

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