All communities deserve a safe place to live, work and play, with the same protection from toxic chemicals.
This past August we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech. The March on Washington acted as the backdrop for one of the greatest speeches of all time. The March was an organizational triumph for all involved, and is the template for modern day community organizing. (Photo Credit: The Minnesota Historical […]
By Jeannine and Hana Sato I’ve been a member of MomsRising North Carolina since 2008. Toxic reform is one of our top issues, but I have previously been focused on other areas. After hearing Lindsay Dahl speak at a Toxic Free North Carolina meeting in Durham, last year, I was shocked, then stunned, then angry […]
Before moving here, I shared the romantic vision that Alaska was a remote and pristine place. It was surprising to learn that Alaska–and the Arctic region–is actually the home of some of the most contaminated people on the planet.
Despite EPA’s definition of “fair treatment,” “meaningful involvement,” and “environmental justice,” communities of color continue to be exposed to higher rates of air pollution, water pollution, toxics in products and contaminated properties. African Americans are more likely to live near landfills and dumps, contaminated Brownfield properties, trash incinerators, power plants, chemical plants, auto body shops, nail salons, and refineries than other Americans.
Two pre-Labor Day federal announcements combine to pinpoint where we are in protecting the health and safety of workers in the United States.
Once as a child, I visited the factory floor, and saw the machine my father stood over, stamping out parts that helped make America hum with electricity. It was hot in there, and the place was filled with dust. Decades later, we would learn that dust was a toxin called kaolin, a fine naturally occurring particle used to make plastics and ceramics.
Cruising the halls of Congress can be fun when you’re side by side with leading physicians and scientists. I think I started to get a little bit smarter last week when I spent time on the hill with our coalition partner experts… Osmosis works that way right? We met with sixteen U.S. Senate offices in […]
By Tony Iallonardo Communications Director Twenty three U.S. Senators wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency this week expressing dismay that nap mats commonly used by children were found to contain known toxic chemicals. Earlier this week our blog reported that the foam padded nap mats kids are sleeping on in day care centers across the […]
What do Geneva, Alaska and a small town in Ohio have in common? These three cities are united by my work on toxic chemicals in the international review process to determine their health hazards.
Recently, I was asked to share a faith message on environmental justice, for the Season of Creation-Mother Earth Sunday, at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, located in Wilmington, Delaware. The minister of the church told me the service would include a baptism of a baby boy. I am not a theologian, but […]