Friday, December 1, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM MST
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Univeristy of New Mexico 
Albuquerque, NM 87106  






Elisa Kawam 
505-247-2336 x102

Our upcoming workshop on Environmental Justice is of utmost importance and of critical timing to all of us who live in our beautiful state of New Mexico and to all social workers who live up to the high ethical standards of social and environmental justice. This will be a highly educational workshop on the nuclear issues of our state: issues from the past that have profoundly affected our indigenous people and lands, situations in the present as they exist now, and above all what possibilities are looming in our future!

The use of nuclear power is accompanied by serious dangers! It is important for the people who live in this state, and anywhere on our earth, to be very aware and knowledgeable of the effects of nuclear waste. This workshop will go into many aspects of the nuclear environment in NM.

The social environment is increasingly being seen as including the physical environment and our natural surroundings, however, are not widely discussed in social work. This workshop will cover the history of uranium mining, milling, enrichment, nuclear weapons proliferation, radioactive waste dumping, and environmental spills/accidents statewide. 

This event will also cover recent issues in the field of environmental justice specific to the misuse of water, natural resources, and sacred places, as well as the disproportionate occurrence of nuclear facilities in communities of color and lower SES.

A facilitated discussion on the Social Work Code of Ethics, vulnerable populations, and the roles of indigenous populations and governments, as well as paths to advocacy and action will make for a lively and interesting session. Please join in on this ultimate “learning” workshop on the nuclear realities that do and will affect us and our children in the future.

Students - Free
Members - $10
Nonmembers - $15
2 CEUs (1 cultural) will be provided

This event is a collaboration with a larger event on fighting nuclear colonialism, "Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Symposium: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement," that will run through Dec 3 (same location). The rest of the event is FREE - you are invited to participate in the whole weekend if you wish. Contact our ED, Elisa Kawam ekawam.naswnm@gmail.com with questions.


Leona Morgan (Diné or “Navajo”) works as a community organizer and activist challenging nuclear colonialism, concentrating on environmental justice issues affecting indigenous peoples in the Southwest. Since 2007, she worked specifically on uranium mining issues and in recent years broadened that focus to all nuclear issues. She does much of her work through popular education and advocating for the protection of water, environment, human health, and cultural resources. In 2014, Morgan co-founded Diné No Nukes, an initiative to address impacts from all stages of the nuclear fuel chain with a specific focus on Diné Bikeyah (Traditional Diné Homelands). Also in 2014, Morgan co-founded the Radiation Monitoring Project which is a national collaboration to bring impacted communities the tools and knowledge to do citizen radiation monitoring. In 2016, she helped to launch the  Nuclear Issues Study Group, an Albuquerque-based endeavor working to “Protect New Mexico From All Things Nuclear” and the Haul No! campaign, challenging the transport of uranium ore through Western Navajo Nation.