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August 03, 2014

Three-Day EPA Environmental Justice Training Workshop Kicks Off in Houston on August 6

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 will conduct an Environmental Justice Training Workshop in Houston on August 6-8 for local leaders in the Houston Metro region. The three-day workshop is co-sponsored by Houston-based Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (T.E.J.A.S.) and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.

July 22, 2014

Houston to Host Three Major Environmental Justice Events in August

Houston will be hosting three important environmental justice events during the first week of August. All of the meetings will address the disproportionate location of industrial polluting facilities and toxic dumping on low-income and people of color communities and the potential health effects. The Houston “petropolis” (with its no-zoning policy) provides a perfect case study for examining how environmental decision making over the years—with the absence of an equity and justice lens—placed low-wealth and people of color neighborhoods on the frontline of environmental assault and thus exposed them to elevated health risks. The Environmental Justice Movement has set a course to reverse and correct these past mistakes and prevent them from happening in the future.

March 04, 2014

New Reports: My “Top 10” Picks for January and February

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.

February 13, 2014

Environmental Justice Leaders Mark Twentieth Anniversary of Executive Order 12898

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.

February 09, 2014

New Report Tracks Environmental Justice Movement Over Five Decades

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.

February 02, 2014

NAACP Climate Justice Director to Give Black History Month Lecture at TSU

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).

January 22, 2014

Chemical Facility Safety and Security Actions Needed to Protect Workers and Communities

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.

April 17, 2013

An Action Plan for Advancing Environmental Justice

The Environmental Justice Movement is confronted with many old and new challenges.The movement has made tremendous gains over the past four decades as documented in Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities, a 2011 book publishedby the American Public Health Association Press (APHA) and the W.K.

April 02, 2013

Nation Loses Environmental Justice Warrior-Grandmother Emelda West

The nation lost a fiery environmental justice warrior on Saturday March 30, 2013 with the death of Emelda West, an 87-year old “take no prisoner” Marine Corps-type leader who became a hero to thousands of environmental justice activists around the country. She was the proud mother of seven children, nineteen grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.