In writing a couple of articles and a report for Black History Month and the 20-year commemoration of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, I had an opportunity to read a lot of papers, reports and articles. Here are my “Top 10” picks that deal with environment, health and social inequality.
It has now been twenty years since President Bill Clinton signed the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.” The Executive Order has survived three presidents. Although it has never been fully implemented, there are some positive signs at the executive level that environmental justice is back on the federal radar.
This Tuesday February 11 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898 signed by President Bill Clinton. Environmental justice leaders from all across the country will commemorate the historic signing of the Executive Order with mixed emotions. A team of researcher at Texas Southern University will release a new report, “Environmental Justice Timeline and Milestones, 1964-2014,” that tracks the Environmental Justice Movement over the past five decades, beginning with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The vast majority of environmental justice leaders two decades ago preferred to have environmental justice codified in law. However, that did not happen. They recognize the Environmental Justice Movement did not start with the Executive Order nor was it driven by government action. The 20-year commemoration is a time for grassroots-led movement leaders to reflect on how far they have come and where they are going.
Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental Justice Climate Program, is the featured keynote speaker at the 2014 Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University Black History Month Lecture Series (Thursday February 27, 2014 6:30pm. – 114 McCoy Auditorium, Public Affairs Building, Houston, Texas).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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…