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Peggy Shepard of “WE ACT” on Air Pollution, Asthma and Environmental Justice

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON May 10, 2017
The history of WE ACT for Justice goes back to 1988. Peggy Shepard was one of three neighborhood activists who recognized that West Harlem in New York City, was bearing the brunt of toxic pollution. The Environmental Justice movement was getting off the ground. Awareness was building...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Indoor Air Pollution, New York, Politics, Social Justice

mark! Lopez Fights for East Los Angeles, Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON April 25, 2017
  Environmental justice advocates may be feeling discouraged as they watch the Trump administration dissemble regulations piece by piece. However, each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize winners remind us that activism can start with one person. The 2017 awardee from North America is mark! Lopez, a...

TOPICS: Activism, California, Children's Health, Dads, Latino Community, Social Justice

No EPA Funding = No Environmental Justice

BY Mark R. Burns ON March 27, 2017
Today, in the United States, race is still the most significant predictor of who suffers most from pollution. Communities of color – as well as Latino, Native American and low-income white communities – endure disproportionate exposure to air and water pollution, hazardous waste, and environmental contamination,...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Asthma, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, EPA, Latino Community, Politics, Social Justice
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