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January 22, 2014

Chemical Facility Safety and Security Actions Needed to Protect Workers and Communities

Following the aftermath of the April 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas that killed 15 people, injured another 160 persons, and damaged or destroyed more than 150 buildings, President Obama signed Executive Order 13650 (EO). The EO outlines measures that can be taken by the federal government utilizing existing regulatory authority to enhance safety and security in coordination with chemical facility owners and operators.

January 11, 2014

MLK Day 2014: Honor Dr. King by Fighting for Environmental Justice

In 1986 Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday and is celebrated across the nation. The federal holiday is held on the third Monday of January and is seen as a day for Americans to promote equal rights and justice for all, regardless of their background, and to volunteer their time in some civic action groups.

January 05, 2014

2014: The Year of Fallen Environmental Justice Heroes and Sheroes

The year 2014 has special significance as a landmark year for civil rights and social justice. It marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision, 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964 Civil Rights Act, and 20th anniversary of the 1994 Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898. Let’s make 2014 the “Year of Unsung Heroes and Sheroes.”

January 04, 2014

Environmental Justice Milestones and Accomplishments Needed for New 2014 Report

The Environmental Justice Movement in the U.S. is a relatively young movement. This announcement is a call for environmental justice milestones and accomplishments the movement achieved in 2011 through 2014. The items collected will be published in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary the Environmental Justice Executive Order.

January 01, 2014

State of the Environmental Justice Executive Order After 20 Years

What is the state of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations,” after two decades and three U.S. presidents? Environmental justice leaders in 2014 will commemorate the Executive Order and work on action plans to ensure its full implementation. 

October 18, 2013

Invisible Houston Revisited Policy Summit Rolled Out

The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University rolled out the Invisible Houston Revisited webpage for its Policy Summit to be held on campus November 7, 2013. The one-day Summit focuses on various forms of inequality in the nation’s fourth largest city over the past three decades since research on my

August 17, 2013

Headed to Environmental Justice Conference in Rio de Janeiro

Travelling to Brazil always excites me. My last visit was in June 2012 for the Rio+20United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).On the visit this month, I will be giving several talks at the III Seminar on Environmental Justice, Racial Equality and Education, which will happen in two cities of the metropolitan area of Rio

June 25, 2013

HBCU Climate Education Partnership Launched at TSU

HOUSTON, TX — The Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU), the nation’s third largest public HBCU, was recently awarded a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the planning of a Climate Education Community University Partnership (CECUP), a consortium of public and private Historically Black Colleges and

April 17, 2013

An Action Plan for Advancing Environmental Justice

The Environmental Justice Movement is confronted with many old and new challenges.The movement has made tremendous gains over the past four decades as documented in Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities, a 2011 book publishedby the American Public Health Association Press (APHA) and the W.K.