Flint Water Crisis Pediatrician and Activist Headlines 11th Annual Justice Forum

Please join us for Pisgah Legal Services’ 11th Annual Justice Forum featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. The October 7 event will be held virtually, and also at an outdoor in-person reception/watch party.

To protect the health and safety of participants and attendees, this year’s Justice Forum will be presented online via Zoom at 7:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

For guests who would like to gather in-person, an outdoor, pre-event Reception and Forum Watch Party at 5:30pm will also be offered, with limited attendance, at Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave., in Asheville.

Tickets to the in-person Reception and Forum Watch Party are $50/person and includes food by Celine & Company, and beer and wine.  All applicable COVID-19 protocols will be followed. The in-person event is $50/person.

Advance registration for both events is required. Register online at pisgahlegal.org/justiceforum .

About the Speaker

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the pediatrician, scientist and advocate who exposed the dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water after testing blood lead levels of local children.

“Dr. Mona” was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She also received the 2020 Fries Prize for Improving Health.

She has testified three times before the United States Congress and was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America.

Pisgah Legal Services Executive Director Jim Barrett says, “Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a warrior for the children and people of Flint and beyond. She is a hero of one of our country’s worst public health disasters.”

He continues, “People of color and low-income communities experience a disproportionate share of environmental and public health burdens. Through this event, we hope to raise awareness and illustrate how negative health outcomes impact people right here in our mountain region, and how attorneys can be important advocates and a part of solutions that address social determinants of health.”

Dr. Mona is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American Citya powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy.

With concentrations in environmental health and health policy, Dr. Mona received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently a Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health and an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. Contact Ally Wilson: 828-210-3444.

About Evie White

Pisgah Legal Services is an innovative nonprofit law firm founded in 1978 that: provides free civil legal aid to people who live in poverty; helps more than 15,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities annually to meet urgent needs such as: housing, safety from abuse, health care and income; partners with dozens of other agencies to make sustainable change for people in crisis; coordinates the services of more than 300 pro bono attorneys in WNC; improves systems and policies that impact the lives of thousands of low-income people.