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October 27, 2012

Principles of Environmental Justice Turn 21

It was twenty-one years ago today that the Principles of Environmental Justice were adopted on October 27, 1991 at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, held in Washington, DC.The EJ Summit, attended by well over 1,000 delegates, was probably the single most important event in the Environmental Justice Movement’s history. Participants came

September 26, 2012

Tribute to Environmental Justice Scholar Bunyan Bryant

On October 4-6, 2012, the University of Michigan is holding a conference, Honoring the Career of Bunyan Bryant: The Legacy and the Future of Environmental Justice, that pays tribute to Professor Bryant for his 40 years of service.This tribute to Bunyan Bryant forced me to think about a work relationship and friendship that I have

June 18, 2012

Principles of Environmental Justice Travel to Rio Again: Rio+20

Thousands of environmental leaders from around the world will converge on Rio de Janeiro this week for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20. Some twenty years earlier, “Principles of Environmental Justice,” adopted in October 1991 at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, were circulated at the

May 18, 2012

Environmental Justice Encuentro Comes to Houston

HOUSTON, May 17, 2012 –The Environmental Justice Encuentro opened today in Houston and runs thru Saturday May19. The event is held at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) whose history is intertwined with the quest for racial justice. Given TSU’s history and

February 08, 2012

Black History Month: Eight Decades of Wrong Complexion for Protection

There’s an old saying that “all communities are not created equal.” This was true more some 236 years ago when our nation was founded and it is true today as we celebrate Black History Month.Much has been written about the glaring racial inequality in employment, education, income and wealth, housing and health care.However, far less

January 11, 2012

MLK Day 2012: 5 Reasons Dr. King Would Be Fighting Environmental Racism in Tennessee

January 16, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. Dr. King was called to Memphis in April 1968 on an environmental and economic justice mission on behalf of 1,300 striking garbage workers from AFSCME Local 1733. The Memphis struggle was about much more than a garbage strike.

December 20, 2011

Time for Tennessee to Give Environmental Justice to Black Family Poisoned by Toxic Landfill

The eight-year war against toxic racism is nearly over for Sheila Holt Orstedandthe Harry Holt family, an African American family in Dickson, Tennessee whose well was poisoned with trichloroethylene (TCE) from the nearby leaky Dickson County Landfill, located just 54 feet from the family’s property line.Five generations of Holt family members grew up in the

December 13, 2011

Climate Justice Benefits of Dismantling Energy and Transportation Apartheid

Climate change is a major global environmental justice issue of our times. Electric power generations and transportation account for nearly three-fourths (73.8 percent) of the CO2 emissions in the United States annually. Getting these two major greenhouse gas sources under control would go a long way in the fight against climate change and move us

November 16, 2011

New Book – Discussion and Signing at Texas Southern University

I will discuss and sign my latest book, Environmental Health and Racial Equity: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday November 17, 2011, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.This new book, my sixteenth written over the past two decades, is published by American Public

November 09, 2011

Toward Environmental Justice for All: Addressing Race, Poverty and Pollution

DETROIT, November 9, 2011 – The Fourth National PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011: Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous America opened on Monday in Detroit. This afternoon, I will be speaking on a panel entitled “Tackling Poverty and Pollution: New Directions in Environmental Justice” from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The afternoon panel will explore some