Join our excellent panel of expert speakers for a deep dive discussion on the fight against fracked gas infrastructure in NY. Please RSVP for login information.
Join us for our second online discussion in a series with an excellent panel of expert speakers for a deep dive on the fight against fracked gas infrastructure in NY.
We will hear from local organizers in Brownsville, East NY and Williamsburg, all predominantly Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BBIPOC) neighborhoods at the front lines of National Grid's North Brooklyn Pipeline construction.
Each speaker will share their unique perspective on how the pipeline will impact their communities, look at renewable energy systems that have successfully been organized in Brownsville and the Rockaways in the past and examine energy efficiency, racial and climate justice and grassroots people power solutions for the future!
There will be time for Q&A at the end with the presenters.
is a Brooklyn native raised in Canarsie, NY. She received her bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Howard University and currently works in the industry as an energy engineer. Shii-Anna was fortunate to spend her formative years as a child of St. Paul Community Christian School in East NY and a member of St. Paul Community Baptists Church. Growing up in St. Pauls equipped her with a strong foundation in who we are as a people, keen self-awareness and a deep love for her community. These experiences have made Shii-Anna extremely passionate about serving her community and making a difference. She loves connecting with people, living every opportunity to the fullest, and helping to empower others.
is an urban designer who uses ecosystem services to create resilient hydrology and energy systems, especially in vulnerable coastal communities. In 2006 he co-founded Local Office Landscape and Urban Design (LOLA). He holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Florida and Harvard University, and he is a Lecturer at the Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. In 2013, Meyer was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his work using alternate energy as a means of immediate relief and an engine for long-term economic recovery after Superstorm Sandy. He served as an adviser to the President’s team until 2016. His work navigates seamlessly between professional practice, academia and humanitarianism.
Anna Tsomo Leidecker
Anna is a CUNY Baccalaureate student at Macaulay Honors College majoring "Wellness Equity - Anthropology & Health Sciences." She recently began pursuing her degree in public health and lives one block away from the site of construction of the North Brooklyn Pipeline in Brownsville. This experience moved her to join Sane Energy Project as an intern this summer. The construction of the NBK Pipeline exists at the intersection of racial, economic, and climate justice - all interconnected with public health - and she wants to keep these intersections in mind as she learns to be a community organizer.
Nick lives in Astoria, Queens, and has roots in Long Island and the Hudson Valley. He cares deeply about protecting New York’s air, water, people, and land, and is working as a Sane volunteer to fight for a statewide just transition away from natural gas and fossil fuel infrastructure towards 100% renewable energy. Nick aims to support New York residents in becoming actively involved in bringing about this transition and making New York an energy democracy. Outside of volunteering with Sane, Nick works in the community development field with a focus on equitable urban planning and public parks.
is a passionate and driven advocate for social and economic development in Brownsville, Brooklyn, with a plethora of community service and political campaign experience under his belt. In June 2019, Gabriel was appointed to Brooklyn Community Board 16 by Borough President Eric Adams, upon the recommendation of City Councilman Rafael Espinal and serves on the Committees on Parks & Recreation, Public Safety and Youth Services Planning. Gabriel is also the ambassador of the L.O.V.E. Campaign which allows people to see the importance in establishing intergenerational wealth in marginalized and impoverished communities through the promotion of values such as legacy, ownership, vocation, and education. He has also coordinated a work developmental program called Solar Pioneers which educates Brownsville youth regarding the importance of renewable energy and provides job training in the solar energy industry. Through his work with Solar Pioneers, program fellows
were able to reach out to 2000 Brownsville households, out of which more than 300 households transitioned to solar energy. Due to the success of the Solar Pioneers Program, Through his work with Nehemiah Economic Development, he helped allocate $50,000 in college scholarships for NYCHA residents and $20,000 for Brownsville and East New York residents and also mentored young people how to navigate issues of environment racism, lack of senior housing, health disparities in marginalized communities and access to renewable energy.
He has also organized and coordinated field organizing efforts for political candidates in New York City, including Rafael Espinal for Public Advocate and Jovia Radix for City Council (45th District). Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CUNY Medgar Evers College, where he also
served as the Vice President of the Medgar Evers Society of Public Administration and as a member of the Medgar Evers Law & Society Association.