Marnese Jackson-Michelle Martinez-Maria Thomas

NAACP Midwest and Plain State Regional Field Organizer
Marnese Jackson is a advocate, organizer and mother from Pontiac, Michigan. She is the Regional Organizer for the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She was a presenter for the 2017 NEJC and a part of the CJA delegation for the Hurricane Katrina commemoration. She was the Weatherization Coordinator for OLSHA and Energy Outreach Specialist for SEMREO. Marnese help organize the 2017 Detroit Climate Justice March and is a Member of 2017 Al Gore's Climate Leadership Corps, Soulardarity, MEJC's Clean Air Council, Pontiac City Policy Council and Mothering Justice. Marnese holds a Masters Degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

The Gentrification of the Environmental Justice Movement in Detroit and Beyond

The gentrification of the Environmental Justice Movement. Take a deep analysis into undeserved populations, racial disparities and the state of air pollution and water. Also explore how the same environmental organizations use the same oppressive methods to gentrify the movement.

Many environmental organizations are being asked to add a diversity and equity portfolio to their programming, and more "big greens" are adopting them. And yet industry wide we see very low numbers of representation of people of color in those organizations, as well as a very small portion of total funding going to small community-based Environmental Justice groups.

How can we truly be standing in the principles of environmental justice, build complicity, and power for grassroots in the current landscape? This will be a dialogue-based workshop to daylight problems and explore solutions for People of Color Caucus on Environmental Justice.
Breakout Sessions-Arts at the Intersection: Artistic Praxis for Racial, Social and Environmental Justice
It Takes Roots To Weather the Storm: Race and Resilience on Forefront of the Climate Justice Movement

Speakers: Marnese Jackson-Michelle Martinez-Maria Thomas, Michelle Martinez