Tributary at Armand Bayou Nature Center
Saturday, May 28, 2022
9am to 2pm
Tributary is a community event connecting to and honoring the waterways and communities we advocate for our. Learn about our waterways and natural habitats, advocacy, and water justice in our region. The event will take place at Armand Bayou Nature Center where attendees can explore the Center’s wetlands, bayou and prairie habitats through guided hikes, kayaking and pontoon tours. We will also learn of the histories of the Akokisa people who previously inhabited this watershed. Three community leaders working around water and water justice will be honored and will present virtual lectures before the event (Tuesday, May 24 12-1:30pm) — Doris Brown, Danielle Goschen, and Yudith Nieto. Tributary is also an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of the Clean Water Act. Join us as we pay tribute to our waterways and community.
About Tributary Honorees
Doris Brown has been a resident of Houston’s Homestead neighborhood on the northeast side of the city since 1967. For over two years after Hurricane Harvey, Brown’s house was uninhabitable from the effects of two feet of flooding though her home sat outside of the official floodplain. Brown’s requests for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance were denied. With help from West Street Recovery, she was able to occupy her home in January 2020. Brown co-founded Northeast Action Collective to fight for policies that would make her community more resilient, like demanding the cleaning of municipal drains after heavy rainfalls and creating more green spaces to absorb water. Doris is also West Street Recovery’s Co-Director of Community Research, Organizing, and Special Events. She graduated from HCC with a degree in Human Service Technology and Certification in Mental Health. In 2016 she graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Danielle Goshen is Policy Specialist/Counsel at Texas Coast and Water Program, National Wildlife Federation and a member of the Texas Living Waters Project in August 2019. Her interest in environmentalism and curiosity on how natural systems function inspired her to attend the University of Toronto for her undergraduate degrees in environmental geography and environmental studies. Later, she continued her studies at the University of Georgia School of Law. During her time at Georgia Law, Danielle interned at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 office and served as a Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellow working on coastal resiliency projects.
Yudith Nieto is a queer Mexican-American organizer, language justice worker, and artist originally based in Houston, Texas. She is the Cultural Strategy Manager at the Chisholm Legacy Project. Holding a degree in Applied Science (Graphic Design) from the Art Institute of Houston she put her efforts into advocating for fenceline communities in collaboration with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s). Mentored by Los Jardines Institute’s Four Directions Intergenerational youth exchange to later become part of NEJAC’s Youth Perspectives on Climate Change Work Group to identify best practices of youth engagement and addressing health impacts. She later transitioned to spending time in the bayous of Louisiana while forming part of the core leadership circle for Another Gulf Is Possible. Where she also co-founded the Language Justice collective BanchaLenguas in New Orleans. She’s worked with frontline communities across the country to create, develop and amplify community-led media around just transition stories, artbuilds in solidarity with intersectional movements for a decolonized multilingual direct action approach. Yudith is committed to weaving networks of solidarity and mutual aid to respond to the ever-frequent natural disasters due to climate change.