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April 13, 2013

TSU Signs Important Partnership MOU with EPA

(HOUSTON, April 12, 2013) On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6and Texas Southern University (TSU) entered into a significant agreement that will help train qualified professionals in environmental policy, economics, and several areas of science, business and technology. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  focuses on bringing innovative strategies to the forefront to

April 02, 2013

Nation Loses Environmental Justice Warrior-Grandmother Emelda West

The nation lost a fiery environmental justice warrior on Saturday March 30, 2013 with the death of Emelda West, an 87-year old “take no prisoner” Marine Corps-type leader who became a hero to thousands of environmental justice activists around the country. She was the proud mother of seven children, nineteen grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.

April 01, 2013

Earth Day 2013: Call for Environmental Justice Milestones

This announcement is a national “Call for Environmental Justice Milestones” (2012-2013) to be released as part of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) Earth Day 2013 celebration. Submissions will need to include hyperlinks. In keeping with tradition, the new milestone entries will be added to the previous EJ

March 11, 2013

Call for Papers Focuses on Black Houston Over Past Three Decades

The Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) is calling for papers for its Invisible Houston Revisited Three Decades Later: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust Policy Summit and Book Project. The initiative follows up Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust(Texas A&M University Press 1987)

February 13, 2013

Black History Month: “Invisible Houston” Revisited Three Decades Later

As part of Black History Month this year, the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University kicks off Invisible Houston Revisited, an initiative that follows up Invisible Houston: The Black Experience in Boom and Bust, a book I wrote nearly three decades ago that critically examined the major demographic, social, economic,

January 23, 2013

A Call for Transportation Justice Now!

A 2010 poll from Transportation for America found 82 percent of American voters say that “the United States would benefit from an expanded and improved transportation system,” including rail and buses. A 2012 Natural Resources Defense Council poll found 66 percent of Americans want more funds allocated to public transportation. The survey also found 59

January 07, 2013

Urban Living Legend — Who Me?

I’ve been called a lot of names over the years in my work fighting for environmental justice, some of which I care not to repeat.Just recently, I was interviewed by Katti Gray for “Urban Living Legend” article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on my return to Texas Southern University and Houston where I began

December 31, 2012

Thirteen Environmental Justice Resolutions for 2013

The Environmental Justice Movement has made tremendous progress over the past three decades, rising from local isolated struggles across the United States to become a global movement. Here are thirteen resolutions offered to grow, strengthen and empower the EJ Movement in 2013 and beyond. Strategy 1:  Assist organizations build economically vibrant and socially just communities

December 29, 2012

It’s An Honor to Be Profiled in Everyday Heroes Book

Two years ago, photographer Paul Mobley and author and editor Katrina Fried set out to find fifty Americans who had made it their business to improve the lives of others. The result is Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time from Welcome Books (2012). The groundbreaking book profiles some of

November 30, 2012

Meet the Authors Book Event at TSU: The Wrong Complexion for Protection

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM, the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University is sponsoring An Evening with the Authorsto hear Dr. Beverly Wright (co-author, environmental justice scholar, Heinz Award recipient and Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) – Dillard University) and me discuss