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September 15, 2014

After People’s Climate March, Good Time to Diversify Funding of Climate Justice

In order for the nation to make headway on the climate change front, we need our mainstream environmental organization friends and philanthropic allies who supported the People’s Climate March to join us in supporting the recommendations for diversifying funding and building an infrastructure of “grassroots” efforts, ethnic-based networks, and regional environmental and climate initiatives—better known as a Movement. That’s how we put together a winning team to effectively battle climate change, social vulnerability and build community resilience.

September 05, 2014

Why HBCUs Must Lead on Climate Justice

The nation’s 104 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play a significant role in training African Americans and other leaders of color in all fields. More than 80 percent of the HBCUs are found in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic region of the United States. Many southern communities where HBCUs are located and where they draw the vast majority of their students are at ground zero in the fight for climate justice. Climate-related disasters in the southern U.S. have outnumbered those in other regions of the U.S. annually in both scale and magnitude by a ratio of almost 4:1 during the past decade. The southern region is vulnerable not only because of its physical location and but also because of its high prevalence of concentrated poverty, uninsured households, income and wealth inequality, health care disparities, and food insecurity, combined to create a perfect storm of vulnerability if and when natural and human-made disasters strike. Given the region’s unique history, a “southern initiative” is needed to address climate vulnerability and develop strategies for building just and resilient communities.

August 22, 2014

An Environmental Justice Analysis of Houston’s One Bin for All Recycling Plan

A detailed presentation examines the environmental justice implications of the One Bin for All plan in the context of Houston’s discriminatory waste facility siting pattern. From the 1970s to present, in no-zoning Houston, the city’s black and brown neighborhoods were “unofficially zoned for garbage.”

July 31, 2014

Sierra Club Creates Dr. Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award

The Board of Directors of the National Sierra Club announced on Tuesday July 29 it had created the Dr. Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award to be given annually to an individual or group that has done outstanding work in the area of environmental justice.

March 19, 2014

My “Magnificent Seven” Environmental Justice Sheroes

Women have provided essential leadership in every successful social movement in the United States. Many took on social justice causes in defense of family, community and homeland, while still pulling double-duty as primary care giver at home. Because of the extraordinary sacrifices and contributions these women of color made in advancing the Environmental Justice Movement, I would like to share my “Magnificent Seven” sheroes who are no longer with us physically—but whose spirit lives on.

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 05, 2014

2014: The Year of Fallen Environmental Justice Heroes and Sheroes

The year 2014 has special significance as a landmark year for civil rights and social justice. It marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision, 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964 Civil Rights Act, and 20th anniversary of the 1994 Environmental Justice Executive Order 12898. Let’s make 2014 the “Year of Unsung Heroes and Sheroes.”

January 04, 2014

Environmental Justice Milestones and Accomplishments Needed for New 2014 Report

The Environmental Justice Movement in the U.S. is a relatively young movement. This announcement is a call for environmental justice milestones and accomplishments the movement achieved in 2011 through 2014. The items collected will be published in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary the Environmental Justice Executive Order.

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. 

January 23, 2013

A Call for Transportation Justice Now!

A 2010 poll from Transportation for America found 82 percent of American voters say that “the United States would benefit from an expanded and improved transportation system,” including rail and buses. A 2012 Natural Resources Defense Council poll found 66 percent of Americans want more funds allocated to public transportation. The survey also found 59