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November 07, 2011

My Return to Texas Southern University in Houston

It has been three weeks since I rejoined the faculty at Texas Southern University in Houston as the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. My first stint at TSU was in the 1970s and 1980s. TSU was my first academic job out of graduate school. Houston, and especially Black Houston, was

October 01, 2011

Environmental Health and Racial Equity Book Signing at 2011 APHA Conference in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – I have attended dozens of public health conferences over the years.However, I am especially excited about participating in the 139th American Public Health Association (APHA)Conference & Exposition held this year at the Convention Center in Washington, DC since I will be signing my latest book,Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United

July 03, 2011

As We Celebrate July 4, Let’s Not Forget 8-Year Eco-Racism Struggle in Dickson, TN

The African American community in Dickson, Tennessee, located about 35 miles west of Nashville, has been used as the dumping ground for garbage and toxic wastes dating back a half century. Dickson County is 4.1 percent black. Five generations of the Harry Holt family have lived on their 150-acre farm located in a Dickson community

June 21, 2011

20-Point Plan to Depopulate Black Atlanta

Atlanta is often affectionately called the “Black Mecca” of the South. The city has undergone a dramatic demographic shift over the past four decades. Black Atlanta is shrinking.Twenty major trends, a “20-Point Plan,” account for the depopulation of Black Atlanta. Many of these trends are detailed in The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century, a

June 04, 2011

Atlanta’s Transit Fare Hike Will Leave Poor Stranded on Side of the Road

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will vote Monday June 6 on its final budget which includes plans to raise the basic fare from $2 to $2.50. The Board also proposes to hike monthly pass fees from $68 to $95. If the budget is approved, the fare increases would go into effect on October

June 01, 2011

Hurricane Season Kicks Off Today: Weather-Weary Americans Learning to Cope

Today marks the start of hurricane season. One need not be a rocket scientist or a meteorologist to know this fact.Hurricane season begins on June 1 each year.Experts predict a busy hurricane season this year which could translate into more misery and pain. Millions of Americans are already weary from dangerous weather over the past

May 30, 2011

A 20-Point Plan to Destroy Black New Orleans After Katrina: Revisited 5 Years Later

We are just two days away from the start of the 2011 hurricane season and three months from the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.Given the timeliness of the upcoming events, I think it’s a good time to revisit Katrina and the Second Disaster: A Twenty-Point Plan to Destroy Black New Orleans, an article I wrote

May 25, 2011

Why EPA Should Adopt the Strongest Protection Against Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Testimony of Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA Public Hearing, National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants, May 26, 2011   Cleaning up these power plants will save lives. According to the EPA, the new standards could prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks, 120,000 cases of

May 23, 2011

Eight-Year War Against Toxic Racism: Theft of Black Health and Black Wealth in a Small Tennessee Town

Generations of African Americans like the Harry Holt family grew up in the Dickson County, Tennessee Eno Road community and survived the horrors of slavery, post-slavery racism and “Jim Crow” segregation. However, this family may not survive “toxic racism,” the trichloroethylene or TCE contamination assault on their health and family homestead from the Dickson County

May 18, 2011

Six Months After “Call to Action” to EPA Region 4, EJ Groups Anxiously Wait for Status Report

It has now been six months since the historic November 10, 2010 meeting with Gwen Keyes Fleming, the first African American to head EPA Region 4 (which includes eight southern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 6 Tribal Nations), where more than three dozen environmental justice, civil rights, faith,