WHO WE ARE
All Aboard For Justice is dedicated to protecting and preserving natural resources through education and community organizing while encouraging participation in policy decisions for the benefit of the community. AAFJ prioritizes its work in low-income and underserved communities. These communities often face a toxic combination of both social justice and environmental justice issues. AAFJ is relentless in its efforts to educate and support these communities.
All Aboard For Justice is a nonprofit organization promoting safe, healthy environments and empowered citizens through technical assistance, organizing, advocacy, and education in an effort to improve the overall well-being of the community.
Ensuring healthy environments free of social and environmental injustice for all future generations.
Environmental Justice Statement:
Rarely do polluters site landfills, fumigation activities, coal ash impoundments, fracking, fracked gas pipelines, or toxic waste dumps in wealthy neighborhoods. Residents in those neighborhoods have the financial, political and social capital to resist. Instead, these companies take an easier approach by looking for rural areas, often low-income or communities of color, to dump their waste, pollute the air, and contaminate water supplies. In many cases, by the time anyone notices, toxic contamination has already spread into neighboring and downstream communities.
Environmental Justice: is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Meet Our Board and Staff!
Xavier Boatright, Lead Organizer & Biologist
Following a career ending injury, he quickly returned to social justice and soon gained a newfound passion for environmental justice. He is experienced educating and doing outreach to underprivileged and emotionally challenged youth as a summer mentor and recruitment director. Most recently, Xavier has spent three years as an Environmental Justice Organizer and Researcher for Clean Water for North Carolina supporting communities impacted by coal ash across the state of North Carolina. Xavier also serves as a Group Leader with the Environmental Quality Institute Black Mountain, NC. Xavier and volunteers sample sites across western NC for indicator species to collect data that determines water quality. Xavier will use his combined experiences and skills as a researcher, organizer, and leader to ensure that low-income and underserved communities are educated and empowered.
Xavier is originally from Manning, South Carolina where he spent most of his youth on a small family farm in rural Clarendon County. Xavier holds a degree in Biology and minor in Sociology from Presbyterian College Clinton, SC. While at Presbyterian, Xavier and other students participated in a Civil Rights Maymester, walking in the footsteps of many civil rights leaders throughout the south. This life changing experience fortified Xavier’s strong passion for social justice. A student athlete, Xavier spent four years as a defensive tackle/end on the Presbyterian football team. In 2013, Xavier had the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time in the NFL with both the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions.
Board of Directors
James Greene, Retired Law Enforcement
Vance Charles, Dean of Student Affairs
Eric Clemons, Accountant
Nisa House, K-12 Educator
Dewanna Little, Marketing and Administration Associate
Michael Ruff, Operations Coordinator
Brian Davis, Youth Education and Athletics Coordinator
Jennifer Holzer, K-12 Educator