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…

Two Climate Justice Summits to Be Held in Florida Cities in May

I will be participating in two separate climate justice summits this month.Both summits are in Florida cities and are sponsored by a mainstream environmental group (National Wildlife Federation) and a mainstream civil rights organization (NAACP).First, I will add my voice to the Southeast Fair Climate Summit on May 19-20, 2011 held at the Wyndham Jacksonville…

Health Benefits of Dethroning King Coal

The movement to renewable energy is the preferred strategy to clean energy future for our nation. Clean energy market is growing. More than $243 billion in new investments were made in clean energy in 2010. Yet, coal is still king—accounting for half of U.S. electricity in 2009. The time has come to dethrone this dirty…

Connecting the Dots Between Transportation and Public Health

The U.S. has over 136 million cars, 110 million trucks, and about 1 million buses for a total of 247 million registered vehicles accounting for nearly 70 percent of our oil use and more than 65 percent of that amount is for personal vehicles. This accounts for almost one-third of the world’s vehicles. Car ownership…

Environmental Justice Timeline-Milestones 1964-2002

Environmental Justice Milestones Four Decades and Counting – 1964-2011

Anyone interested in the timeline and milestones of the national Environmental Justice Movement over the past four decades should check out these two papers I co-authored as part of a report series at the Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC) at Clark Atlanta University: Environmental Justice Timeline-Milestones 1964-2002 , one of the first comprehensive reports to…

Where Does BP Gulf Oil Waste Go One Year Later?

It has been one year since the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster that killed eleven workers and created an environmental nightmare on the U.S. Gulf Coast.  While the media devoted round the clock coverage of the well capping and cleanup efforts, not much attention was given to where the oil waste was being…