Dogwood Alliance is Aligned with the Movement for Black Lives

Dogwood Alliance is aligned with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). As a forest protection organization, we know that how we treat our forests is a reflection of how we treat each other. Our mission to protect Southern US forests from industrial logging requires strong partnership with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities of the South who have always borne the brunt of the effects of pollution, flooding, and all of the other damage inflicted by extractive industries. While we have sought environmental justice, it is just as vital that our nation grapples with racial justice and equity.

It is imperative that we follow the lead of the M4BL, the largest coalition of Black racial justice organizations.

The mission of M4BL is:

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), formed in December of 2014, was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. Under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately.

On June 4, 2020, Dogwood Alliance stood with over 200 environmental organizations in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives in the face of the murders of Black people.

The system we live in is one that treats the lives of people and the forests we depend on as disposable.

To maintain a system of constant economic growth and consumerism requires constant degradation of forests, land, air, water, and communities – specifically BIPOC communities. 71% of Black Americans are living in counties that are in violation of clean air standards, and environmental justice communities are 50% more likely to have a wood pellet facility in their county.

The M4BL offers bold and visionary leadership that will continue to guide and influence Dogwood Alliance’s work to become an anti-racist organization.

The M4BL is not separate from the work we do at Dogwood. Rather, the M4BL are our partner organizations, our staff, our strategic advisors. We cannot work in a silo. The People’s Climate Movement, the movement to Stand4Forests – all of these movements are most successful when we unite together in solidarity.

We will not achieve meaningful protections for forests or make any meaningful advances towards climate justice without creating a system that is anti-racist and just.

As an environmental organization with anti-racism incorporated into our work as a core strategy, we are proud to align ourselves with and under the leadership of M4BL.

We encourage you to learn more about the Movement for Black Lives.

Check out the M4BL website

Read the BREATHE Act

The BREATHE Act is a bill that advocates defunding problematic criminal justice solutions and funding community-based solutions and environmental justice.

4 Responses to “Dogwood Alliance is Aligned with the Movement for Black Lives”

  1. Adrienne Brietzke

    PS Pills supposed to last 48 hrs. -You might encourage people living in the plant area to contact EPA and report any other health issues that have cropped up since 2016- on. They might be able to force the plant to go back to using their anti-pollution equipment that was required previous to Trump & co deciding to poison our world with more pollution. Given that many pollutants can cause much more serious & long-term health problems such as cancer & other debilitating & expensive long-term health problems, as has happened in numerous communities across America for years, which was the driving force behind the EPA formulating requirements to protect the populace. The sooner the polluting is stopped, the better for everyone. This is a very serious issue.

  2. Brenda David

    I just have a question. I live in Rockingham NC. On McDonald Church Road. Near the Enviva planet. Back in Sept/Oct 2018 until now I begin having really bad migraines. I had to start going to a specialist. If you know about migraines they never get better. I was wondering if it is possible that planet make pollution make have caused it? I have since moved to VA. Each time I come back to visit I ALWAYS get a migraine. Any input would be helpful so I want fell like Im crazy or over thinking this. We are planning on coming to NC in November for a few days so Im mentally preparing now for migraine. Thanks Brenda David

    • Adrienne Brietzke

      Sounds like definitely something in the environment. Starting in 2018 sounds about right when Trump’s EPA lifted restrictions on plant pollutants. The result was a 14% rise in respiratory & other issues across the country. I’ve had migs for years. Suggest you find a neurologist who treats them & maybe get a script for one of the newest meds that have hit the market. They say if taken when first feel mig coming on, they do an effective job of aborting migs, and last like 24 hrs. Ubrelvy is apparently more expensive, and Nurtec is the less expensive. Just got a scripts for Nurtec myself & going to try. Good luck!


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