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January 11, 2014

MLK Day 2014: Honor Dr. King by Fighting for Environmental Justice

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.

January 01, 2014

State of the Environmental Justice Executive Order After 20 Years

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. 

October 18, 2013

Invisible Houston Revisited Policy Summit Rolled Out

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

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

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

May 07, 2011

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