Topic: Environmental Justice

Understanding the Toxic Chemical Gap

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By Michael Dorsey, a co-founding Director of CEH and a featured speaker at Spotlight Health. Why was the Center for Environmental Health founded? What is the CEH working on now? At the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), we work every day to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals that cause learning disabilities, cancer, and…

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Save the EPA

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I am too young to remember a time before the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, I was born in 1970, the year it was founded. If you listen to the Republicans in power, you would think that it was just established to thwart good job-creating businesses. But just eight years before the EPA was created,…

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Fulfilling the EPA’s Mission, In Spite of Pruitt

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Last week, the Senate approved Donald Trump’s pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a 52-46 vote, mostly along party lines. In the end, Senator Susan Collins from Maine was the only Republican who voted no (you can thank her via twitter @SenatorCollins for…

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Women’s March 2017

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As a child of the 1990s, I was raised on the pink-and-glitter ‘girl power’ of supposed post-feminism ideals. I grew up in a household where both my parents worked, looking up to a mom who could do it all and instilled in me the confidence that I could do the same. Back then, from my…

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West Oakland: Sick of Coal

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by Alvaro Palacios Casanova West Oakland is a community that faces poverty and chronic disease. The community is disproportionately exposed to air and noise pollution with two freeways, a port, and rail running through it. It is also home to many organizations that are constantly battling for social, economic, environmental, and health equity. So why…

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Congress Adopts Chemical Safety Bill

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Click here to thank the Prop 65 champions! Last week, Congress passed the first major overhaul of an environmental law in decades. This chemical reform bill is now headed to the President for signature. As we pause to think about how monumental that is, we reflect upon what we’ve won and what we’ve lost. And,…

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Cultivating a New Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders

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by Alvaro Palacios Casanova I was a gang-member from a low-income Southern California neighborhood when I had a wake-up call I’ll never forget. A rock hurtling through a car windshield crushed my nose, broke my jaw, cost me the use of my left eye and nearly ended up costing me my life. But I recovered…

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Black Lives Matter & Environmental Justice

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Several CEH staff were interested in taking part in a conversation around the issues raised by the Black lives matter movement and our work in environmental health and justice. Among the leading tenets of environmental justice is the dictum, “we speak for ourselves” (it’s even the title of the 1990 book edited by Dr. Robert…

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My Story with the Chemical Industry

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I worked in an environment that was hazardous to my health for many years. At first I didn’t realize it. But as time passed, I became aware that many of the on-site substances were known to cause cancer in some groups of workers as well as laboratory animals. Stuff like benzene, methylene chloride, and PCBs……

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Money talks. But it’s time to shut it up.

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In the Supreme Court Case, Citizens United, the Court ruled for the first time that corporations are guaranteed the same free speech rights as real people to influence elections. The problem is, they have more money. A lot more money. As the saying goes, “Money talks.” So while many of us exercise our democratic right…

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