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December 1, 2017  RSS feed
Culture

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Erin Brokovich to speak at Clearwater temple


Erin Brokovich Erin Brokovich Erin Brockovich, who became a household name following the self-titled movie that starred Julia Roberts in her Oscar winning role as the dogged legal researcher, will be the guest speaker Sunday, Jan. 7 at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater.

The program, “Truth. Humanity. Justice: Empowering Change with Erin Brockovich” is sponsored by the Women of Temple B’nai Israel. Brockovich, a consumer advocate, is known to inspire her audiences to stop feeling like spectators and start empowering change in their own backyards.

Some 17 years after the movie that showcased her determination to get justice and the largest medical lawsuit settlement in history for southern California families fighting against a behemoth utility, Brockovich’s “stick-toit-iveness” fuels her continued determination to expose injustice and lend her voice to those who do not have one.

“Erin Brockovich stands for who we are as a community. At a time when people need hope, when people want to feel like they can make a difference - a real life change agent can inspire and normalize being extraordinary, she will shine a light on the greatness within us all,” said co-chair Becca Tieder.

Following the movie, Brockovich realized that she could use her notoriety to spread positive messages of personal empowerment and to encourage others to stand up and make a difference.

For three seasons, Brockovich hosted the Lifetime series, Final Justice with Erin Brockovich. The show celebrated everyday women who triumphed when faced with overwhelming adversity. She also has had a New York Times Business best-seller, Take It from Me. Life’s A Struggle, But You Can Win.

As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She has requests for her help in ground water contamination complaints in every state of the US, Australia and other international hot spots.

This is the second year that the Women of Temple B’nai Israel has sponsored a speaker, focusing on empowerment.

“This program has become so important because it gathers 850 members of our community. All religions, identities, races and creeds come together with the hopes of building a better place to live and love. This evening is a powerful reminder that we all belong to one another,” said event co-chair Katie Burns Blaxberg.

Tickets are $40 and available by going to www.Eventbrite.com and searching under Erin Brockovich. The temple is located at 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. For more information, call the temple office at (727) 531-5829.


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