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GL-UNA Earth Day Program

Why Climate Justice Matters During This Voting Cycle

Panel Discussion with:

Rep Julie Brixie

Rep. Julie Brixie – Michigan House of Representatives, District 73

State Representative Julie Brixie is serving her third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before being elected to the state legislature, she earned a master’s degree in crop and soil sciences with a specialization in environmental toxicology. After serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission, Rep. Brixie was elected to the Meridian Township Board, where she served her community for 18 years – two terms as a Trustee and three terms as Treasurer. Rep. Brixie currently serves as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural Resources, as well as a member of the Appropriations and Tax Policy committees.

wesley watson

Wesley Watson – Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Wesley Watson is a dedicated advocate for social justice with a background in public health education, community organizing, and grassroots activism. He recently served as Engagement Manager for the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, where he focused on involving underrepresented communities in the state’s circular economy investments and managing grant projects related to climate action. Previously, he held positions with For Our Future and NextGen America, addressing issues such as environmental justice, healthcare access, criminal justice reform, and voting rights advocacy.

Dr. Meghan E. Wilson

Meghan E. Wilson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at MSU

Meghan Wilson is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and a Detroit native that has worked tirelessly to provide solutions for institutions in crisis. She has worked for the City of Detroit, Detroit Public Schools, Brown University and several other institutions to facilitate transitions in times of  financial restructuring. Beyond this work on public finance, Meghan works to cultivate metrics for environmental justice and energy justice. Her work bridges the gaps of economic development and environmental justice. She has published widely on the effects of capitalism and democracy at the local level.

Meghan earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Her work focuses on public finance, urban development, race and ethnic politics, and state and local government.  Meghan’s manuscript in progress entitled, Monopoly Politics: Emergency Management  and Community Impact in Michigan, details the relationship between public finance and political participation in the state of Michigan during municipal financial crisis.