Everyone is invited to a town hall meeting in South Vallejo to hear veterans of the struggle for environmental justice talk about how environmental racism impacts communities of color.
South Vallejo already suffers from a high rate of asthma. Developers want to put a cement factory and shipping port by Lemon St. in South Vallejo that would cause more pollution, traffic, noise, and dust in the neighborhood.
Ms. Margaret Gordon, Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project — she connected the high rate of asthma in her neighborhood to pollution from the nearby port and led a successful community struggle to improve the area’s environmental health. She was also a leader in the successful No Coal in Oakland campaign.
Professor Julie Sze, UC Davis Environmental Justice Project – she founded the Environmental Justice Project and investigates environmental inequity and environmental justice.
Mr. Andrés Soto, Communities for a Better Environment, Richmond – for more than thirty years he has organized for civil rights, educational rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. He was active in the successful campaign to keep oil-by-rail out of Benicia.
Ms. Jovanka Beckles, Richmond City Council – she is an advocate fighting against the growing disparity of wealth and power in this country. She fights for jobs that support rather than harm the environment.
LaDonna Williams, People for Children’s Health and Environmental Justice – a mother of six, she became an activist when she discovered that her community in Daly City was built on top of more than 350 superfund carcinogens left behind by PG&E. She has traveled throughout the country highlighting environmental racism.
Friday, Sept 30, 6 PM
Grace Patterson Elementary School, 1080 Porter St., Vallejo
(ground zero – 450 yards from the site of the proposed cement plant)
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