Speaker Profile

Alexa Ross and Carol White

Alexa Ross and Carol White
Philly Thrive
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Since 2015, Alexa and Ms Carol have joined together with other local residents to build Philly Thrive, a grassroots organization focused on winning back the Right to Breathe from the largest oil refinery on the east coast. Ms Carol has been a community leader in South Philadelphia for decades, and she's grown as a staunch advocate for environmental justice watching family members & neighbors pass away from the refinery's pollution spewing in her backyard. Alexa has been organizing for climate justice for nine years, getting her start campaigning for fossil fuel divestment at Swarthmore College and growing politically as a member of the Maypop Collective. The two met when Alexa knocked on Ms Carol's door, and since have been cultivating a multiracial, cross-class organization contesting politically for a just transition from fossil fuels in Philadelphia.