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EPA Pays Tribute to Rep. John Lewis and Environmental Justice

EPA Pays Tribute to Rep. John Lewis and Environmental Justice

by Brentin Mock on February 27 2014, 10:58AM

Rep. John Lewis is honored for his role in bringing civil rights principles to environmental protection.

Topics: Voting Rights, Environment, Politics

Keystone XL Sorta, Kinda Has a Job for You

Keystone XL Sorta, Kinda Has a Job for You

by Jamilah King on February 7 2014, 9:31AM

But it’s not quite what you think.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Why Superstorm Sandy is Still Wreaking Havoc on Poor Communities

Why Superstorm Sandy is Still Wreaking Havoc on Poor Communities

by Imara Jones on October 29 2013, 7:00AM

One year later Sandy’s disproportionate impact on historically marginalized communities continues in shocking ways.

Topics: Economy, Environment

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2013, 12:03PM

EPA has lost over 90 percent of its faculty.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

by Brentin Mock on September 23 2013, 2:15PM

African-American Congress members gathered last week to tackle new policies concerning economic inequality, voting rights and criminal justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics

Obama's New (Good) Cabinet Picks

Obama’s New (Good) Cabinet Picks

by Brentin Mock on July 29 2013, 7:00AM

While we were focused on the Zimmerman trial, the Senate snuck confirmations in for Obama’s administration — and they’re good.

Topics: Economy, Environment, Immigration

Comic Book Captures Mighty Environmental Justice Adventures

Comic Book Captures Mighty Environmental Justice Adventures

by Brentin Mock on July 2 2013, 3:33PM

“Mayah’s Lot” is a graphic novel tale of how a New York community fights back against polluter company.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Jessica Alba Shared Chemistry With Deceased Sen. Lautenberg

by Brentin Mock on June 3 2013, 3:41PM

Actress Jessica Alba worked with Sen. Lautenberg on legislation that would strengthen laws around testing chemicals used in everyday products.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Apple Announces New Upgrade: Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson

Apple Announces New Upgrade: Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 11:17AM

The first black chief administrator of EPA is now working to green up Apple.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Wal-Mart Smacked With $110 Million in Fines for Environmental Crimes

Wal-Mart Smacked With $110 Million in Fines for Environmental Crimes

by Brentin Mock on May 29 2013, 10:50AM

Wal-Mart illegally disposed of hazardous liquids and pesticides, now they’re paying up.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

How the Sierra Club Learned to Love Immigration

How the Sierra Club Learned to Love Immigration

by Brentin Mock on May 8 2013, 6:00AM

A racist fringe of the nation’s oldest and largest environmental group lost its battle over immigration. An inside look at the power struggle.

Topics: Environment, History

Sierra Club Officially Endorses Immigration Reform

Sierra Club Officially Endorses Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 3:14PM

The environmental organization now supports immigration reform.

Topics: Environment, Immigration, /NOW

'Environmental Justice' Soldiers On Without a King, Queen--or Major Dollars

‘Environmental Justice’ Soldiers On Without a King, Queen—or Major Dollars

by Brentin Mock on April 23 2013, 6:00AM

With the defeat of Big Green on climate-change, community-based, grassroots groups led by people of color are creating a blueprint for actual change. The EJ response to Superstorm Sandy is Exhibit A.

Topics: Environment

Mainstream Green Is Still Too White

Mainstream Green Is Still Too White

by Brentin Mock on April 2 2013, 6:30AM

In Obama’s first term, big environmental groups poured resources into congressional lobbying and corporate connections rather than environmental justice. With climate change back on the legislative table, will history repeat itself?

Topics: Environment

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Produce Good Jobs? [Infographic] Infographic

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Produce Good Jobs? [Infographic]

by Brentin Mock, Erin Zipper on March 21 2013, 8:45AM

Support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is growing among Congressional Republicans, Democrats and organized labor. But what will the controversial project actually do for the areas that it would cross?

Topics: Environment

Will EPA's 'Environmental Justice' Outlast Lisa Jackson?

Will EPA’s ‘Environmental Justice’ Outlast Lisa Jackson?

by Brentin Mock on March 14 2013, 10:21AM

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson was explicit about protecting people of color and low income communities from excess pollution and waste. This made her unpopular in some corners. Will her EJ legacy survive her exit?

Topics: Environment

Why Theresa Spence Is Still on a Hunger Strike, 7 Weeks Later

Why Theresa Spence Is Still on a Hunger Strike, 7 Weeks Later

by Aura Bogado on January 23 2013, 9:20AM

The Attawapiskat First Nation chief and Idle No More movement have put Natives under the spotlight in Canada—begging larger questions for the U.S., too.

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs

Undocumented Can Apply for FEMA Sandy Relief Through Citizen Kids

Undocumented Can Apply for FEMA Sandy Relief Through Citizen Kids

by Jorge Rivas on November 19 2012, 12:35PM

If history repeats itself undocumented immigrants will be a large part of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts but they themselves won’t qualify for financial assistance from FEMA.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

What Hurricane Sandy Should Teach Us About Climate Justice

What Hurricane Sandy Should Teach Us About Climate Justice

by Imara Jones on November 15 2012, 9:24AM

Those who can least bear the brunt of climate change are those feeling its consequences most acutely, both in the U.S. and abroad. But both the “climate gap” and climate change are fixable.

Topics: Economy, Environment

A New Play Explores the Beauty of Being Black in the Green Movement

A New Play Explores the Beauty of Being Black in the Green Movement

by Jamilah King on November 5 2012, 9:53AM

Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “red, black, and GREEN: a blues” is an interactive and intimate look at how communities are redefining sustainability.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Environment

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