Summit Recording
Climate, Equity & Race--United Actions 2023
The fifth in our 2022-3 education and collaboration series. March 17, 2023
Climate Equity & Race--United Actions Summit Recording

Summit schedule is below.

Speakers & Co-Speakers

9:10 - 9:40 AM Wilhelmenia Wilson, Executive Director, Healthy Black Families, Inc.

9:30- 10:00 AM Islamophobia and the Normalization of Bigotry in Society

Dr. Hatem Bazian, Professor, Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies & Adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at the University of California, Berkeley & Assistant Professor at Zaytuna College

10:00 - 10:30 AM Hip Hop and Environmental Justice

Khafre Jay, Executive Director & Founder, Hip Hop For The People & Hip Hop for Change

10:30 - 10:50 AM Intersecting Pandemics: Black Women's Perspectives on Racism, COVID-19, and Pregnancy

Dr. Brittany Chambers, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis

10:50 - 11:10 AM Marisol Cantú, Educator & Community Organizer

Kevin Ruano Hernandez, Environmental Justice Organizer, Richmond & Youth Community Advisory Councilman, BAAQMD

5 minute Break

11:15 - 11: 35 AM Tammy Murphy, M.A., LL.M., Advocacy Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Pennsylvania

11:35 -11:55 AM

Climate, Health & Wellness

Chandra Collins, Chef, Nutrition Coach, Author, Qigong & More, S.O.U.L. Food (Seasonal/Sustainable, Organic, Unprocessed, and Local)

11:55 AM - Noon Announcements & Closing

Cheryl Davila

Welcome & Land Acknowledgement

Cheryl Davila

Founder & Chair CEMTF

Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley, CA

As a Councilmember, Cheryl was a champion for the climate. Under her leadership the Climate Emergency Declaration passed unanimously in June 2018 which was the sixth in the world. Now over 2120 governments around the world have since declared climate emergencies.

Cheryl founded CEMTF in 2019. Did you know the prohibition of natural gas infrastructure in new buildings was the brainchild of the CEMTF? True.

Speakers & Co-Speakers:

Wilhelmenia Wilson

Executive Director, Healthy Black Families, Inc.

Wilhelmenia “Mina” Wilson is Executive Director at Healthy Black Families, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, CA that organizes individuals, families, and the organizations that serve them, into collaborative communities empowered with skills to advance social equity and justice; with a focus on Black people, families and communities. She is a descendant of the African Diaspora.  Her ancestors arrived, as enslaved people, at Somerset Plantation in Creswell, North Carolina on July 10, 1786 from West Africa on a ship chartered by Josiah Collins, the plantation owner. Leveraging human resilience, using education as a means to create personal and community agency and law/policy to dismantle state sanctioned oppression, her lineage has ascended in the United States through 6 generations.   Mina holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a MA in 21st Century Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California. She lives in Northern California and is the proud mother of two adult children.

Dr. Hatem Bazian 

Professor & Adviser, University of California, Berkeley & Assistant Professor, Zaytuna College

Hatem Bazian is a decolonial Islamic scholar that centers Islam's epistemology in all his work and examines the contemporary world through a global south lens.  Dr. Bazian is known as an organic intellectual, a term used for scholars who directly connect their work and scholarship to people and not confined to academia's constructed walls of separation.  

Dr. Bazian is an author of five books, numerous chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, hundreds of press articles, and constant academic contributions and engagement across the globe.  Dr. Bazian is a leading scholar in the Islamophobia Studies field having founded the Islamophobia Studies Center, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and co-founder and current President of the International Islamophobia Studies and Research Association (IISRA). 

Khafre Jay

Executive Director, Hip Hop for the People

Among the many roles he fills, Khafre Jay is a change-maker, community organizer, nonprofit worker, Hip Hop Artist, and the best father ever. As a Bay Area Hunters Point activist fighting for racial and socioeconomic justice, he empowers community members to use their voices and resist structures of inequality—and he does so in large part through Hip Hop organizing.

Dr. Brittany Chambers

Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis

Dr. Brittany Chambers is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Chambers has a PhD in community health education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her scholarly work focuses on advancing reproductive and birth equity in Black Maternal Health through a community partnered approach.

Marisol Cantú 

Educator & Community Organizer

Marisol Cantú is a third generation Richmond resident, educator, and community organizer. Marisol’s motivation comes from her community, city, and family being directly harmed by the health disparities, the political stronghold of city governance, and the economic dependence of local organizations, non-profits, and school systems caused by Chevron's corporate greed.


Kevin Ruano Hernandez

Environmental Justice Organizer

Community Advisory Councilman

Kevin G. Ruano Hernandez, 19, is an Environmental Justice Organizer representing Richmond and San Pablo on the Youth Seat for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Community Advisory Council. His mission is to achieve health equity for all disadvantaged communities by collaborating with local community groups and advocating for the most vulnerable communities impacted by local sources of pollution.

Tammy Murphy, M.A., LL.M., Advocacy Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Pennsylvania

With a dual-major B.A. in English and Secondary Education from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA; an M.A. with honors in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania; an LL.M. with distinction in Dispute Resolution from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); and a Certificate in Diplomacy and Public Policy from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, Tammy Murphy has worked as an educator, a special health projects assistant, a volunteer, an advocate, a program director, an executive director, a medical outreach coordinator and a consultant. Above all else, she is passionate about justice and the intersection of law and social movements.

Chef Chandra Collins, Nutrition Coach, Chef, Caterer, Author, Healthy Living Expert, Speaker, and Breast Cancer Survivor.

As a gluten free Chef and Instructor, she teaches plant-based cuisines and recipes weekly to the members of two Cancer Organizations. She also prepares Chef Choice Meals each week which include protein and vegetarian options. Her clients include those who have illness, restricted diets, to those that just do not like to or

want to cook every day!

Amid her own health crisis, she became determined to heal as naturally and safely as possible from Breast Cancer. In addition to standard treatments, she took a holistic approach in harnessing the power of mind, body, and spirit. She believes that by tuning into each of these areas of her life, she experienced a deep healing on multiple levels as well as transformational life changes. It is her passion to share healthy food and holistic health

practices to educate and inform her community.