Values of BlackOak

Our Values

BlackOak began from a mutual understanding that there can be no environmental justice without Black people at the center of solutions and without self-determination for Black communities.

We are a community for all Black people who care about building a better environmental future. BlackOak members must abide by these values and work to ensure our space is safe for women, LGBTQ+ folks, disabled folks, working class and low-income folks, immigrants, and people from all parts of the African diaspora.

We recognize and affirm the 1991 Principles of Environmental Justice and the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing. Our work would not be possible without the generational movements for environmental justice before us and currently in progress.

We also recognize that there are many organizations actively contributing to the destruction of our planet and the poisoning of Black communities. We also reserve the right to refuse to work with any groups that we feel do not fully align with our values.

Our Team

Kiera Givens​

Business Administration
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Wes Gobar

Communications and Outreach
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Miles Braxton

Strategic Partnerships
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Sarah Nesbit

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