Patterson eyes climate justice

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Jacqueline Patterson, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Environmental and Climate Justice Program director, will give the presentation “Another Way is Possible: Transforming a Profit-Driven Society to a People-Centered Sustainable Planet” at a brown bag lunch at noon April 9 at Kent State University East Liverpool’s E.L. Blair Memorial Library located at 400 E. Fourth St.

Patterson also is the coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist for women’s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice and environmental and climate justice.

Patterson served as a senior women’s rights policy analyst for Action Aid, where she integrated a women’s rights lens on the issues of food rights, macroeconomics and climate change, as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV and AIDS.

She previously served as assistant vice president of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health, providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

Patterson served as the outreach project associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and research coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She was also a U.S. Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer.

Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum, the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate Change, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black World and US Climate Action Network.

Patterson’s speech is free and the public is encouraged to attend.