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Joshua D. Dedmond is the Youth Organizer for the Labor Network for Sustainability, which works with unions and their allies to advance a climate action program that is ecologically sustainable and economically just. Since joining LNS in 2019, Joshua launched the Young Worker Project–uniting Gen Y workers from the labor and climate movements to share skills, cultivate leadership and establish tools for navigating the dual existential crises of climate change and COVID-19.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Joshua is greatly involved in his community. He is the son of a Baptist minister and a registered nurse and views his organizing work as “an extension of his religious convictions and ministry and an opportunity to present an alternative of liberation to the people who are held captive by oppressive systems of exploitation.” Formerly with the United Auto Workers, Fight for $15, the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees-Communications Workers of America Local 3570 (MASE-CWA 3570) and the Bernie Sanders campaign for President, Joshua has helped organize several recent fights for labor and collective power in the South. He is also the Outreach Coordinator for Cooperation Jackson.
Joshua is highly active in LNS’ Just Transition Listening Project. In August 2020, he hosted “Young Workers and Just Transition,” a virtual panel of young movement leaders, which explored the challenges his generation faces when initiating dialog around transition to ensure a regenerative and racially just economy for future workers and ways to move beyond them.
- Colette Pichon BattleTuesday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. ETExecutive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
- Tia Brown McNairTuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. ETVice President of Diversity, Equity and Student Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities
- Davarian L. BaldwinTuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. ETPaul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College
- Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota)Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. ETPh.D Student, University of Minnesota
- Sean SweeneyTuesday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m. ETDirector, International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment, City University of New York
- Tasneem EssopWednesday, Oct. 21, 9:00 a.m. ETExecutive Director, Climate Action Network – International (CAN)
- Ibram X. KendiWednesday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m. ETAndrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University
- Mateo NubeWednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. ETCo-Director, Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
- Robin Wall KimmererThursday, Oct. 22, 9:00 a.m. ETDistinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
- Sara Goldrick-RabThursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. ETProfessor of Sociology & Medicine at Temple University and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Chief Strategy Officer for Emergency Aid at Edquity
- Wanjiku “Wawa” GatheruThursday, Oct. 22, 4:00 p.m. ETEnvironmental justice advocate and Rhodes Scholar at The University of Oxford
- Suparna KudesiaThursday, Oct. 22, 4:00 p.m. ETChoreographer of Collective Change and Director CoFED