The Sacrifice Zone Virtual Movie Screening & Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 7:00pm
Online Event
Zoom, NJ

Working with Global Sustainability and Tri-County Sustainability Coalition, we are excited to bring you a free online screening of "The Sacrifice Zone — An Industrial Wasteland."

Join us, Thursday February 18th, at 7:00pm est. RSVP here! We will send you a link to watch and join a post-screening discussion on Zoom.

Newark's Ironbound Community is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country. Crammed alongside its 50,000 residents are hundreds of contaminated sites, industrial warehouses, a sewage processing facility and an incinerator that burns trash from as far away as New York City. "The Sacrifice Zone: Life in an Industrial Wasteland" is a 30-minute documentary by filmmaker Julie Winokur that focuses on the activists fighting for a cleaner community.

Following the screening, join us for a virtual discussion on the groundbreaking environmental justice legislation recently passed in New Jersey that requires the cumulative environmental and public health impact of all facilities in any community before granting permits for new industrial or waste facilities. Joining the conversation will be:

  • Amy Goldsmith, NJ State Director of Clean Water Action
  • Tiffany Agkpo, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator from the NJ Student Sustainability Coalition
  • Bill Johnson from Tri-County Sustainability

We'll be discussing how resident support helped to get this law passed, how you can use it as a blueprint for legislation in other states and what local organizers can do now that it exists.


Film synopsis:

If you travel down a one mile stretch of Doremus Avenue in Newark, NJ, you pass a natural gas plant next to a sewage treatment facility next to an animal fat rendering plant next to a series of ominous looking chemical storage containers behind acres of fencing. Airplanes pass overhead every two minutes, their engines rattling windows, while a putrid smell wafts from the open pools at the sewage treatment plant.

The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, is one of the most toxic neighborhoods in the country. Maria Lopez-Nuñez, a Honduran-American resident there, is waging a war for environmental justice. She is part of the Ironbound Community Corporation, one of the most effective environmental justice organizations in the country. The Sacrifice Zone follows Maria as she leads a group of environmental justice fighters determined to break the cycle of poor communities of color serving as dumping grounds for our consumer society.

We hope you can join us for this free online screening and film discussion on Thursday, February 18th at 7 pm EST! RSVP here.