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Erin Rubin

United States  
Joined June 2021
Interests: Environmental Justice, Right to Information
I'm a rising second-year law student in southern California, committed to using my degree for community empowerment and the pursuit of justice. I've been lucky enough to have several careers already--in publishing, higher education, and nonprofit journalism; I've helped write TED talks and worked to support mutual aid efforts in southern California. Really, I'm passionate about stories: telling them, shaping them, learning from them, and using them to help us understand one another. I believe that effective legal practice is its own kind of storytelling, about the experiences we've had and the world we want to build. As I pursue my legal education, I stay connected to community and storytelling by working as the Managing Editor at LibroMobile Arts Coop. I'm honored to be spending this summer as the US Environmental Justice Fellow at Namati. I wanted to work in environmental justice because I am equally committed to healthy communities and a healthy planet, and because I think that having a safe and healthy home environment is a critical foundation for any other type of advocacy work. I think that I can be effective in this work because environmental justice is particularly subject to competing narratives: about why hazards get located where they do, about what's best for the community, about whose interests matter, and about what's done or should be done about environmental hazards. I hope to bring my passion and experience shaping narratives alongside communities to this work. As for what I'm looking for from the network, at this stage I'm really just open to learning. I'm new to a lot of this and eager to learn from folks on the ground and at all stages and levels of the work. I want to know what's been tried and how people felt about it, and how it worked, or didn't. I'm excited to hear new stories and become part of this incredible network of brilliant, devoted advocates.

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