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What is Environmental Racism?

October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

Join us for a free webinar hosted by the The Environmental Justice Health Alliance.

The chemical and energy industries — and their waste, pollution, and health hazards — disproportionately target and impact communities of color, Indigenous, and low-income communities. Learn about environmental racism, what life is like for people in these communities, and how we can all fight for healthy, toxic-free communities for all.

This workshop is lead by Michele Roberts, the National Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA). EJHA supports safe chemicals and clean energy that leaves no community or worker behind. The EJHA network model features leadership of, by, and for environmental justice groups with participation and support by additional allied groups, like LDA of America.

Meet the Speakers:

Michele Roberts

Michele Roberts is the National Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA). EJHA supports safe chemicals and clean energy that leaves no community or worker behind. The EJHA network model features leadership of, by, and for environmental justice groups with participation and support by additional allied groups, like LDA of America.

Robina Suwol

Founded by Robina Suwol in 1998, California Safe Schools (CSS) is children’s environmental health and environmental justice coalition. CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools and the first to embrace the “Precautionary Principle” and “Right to Know”. The success of the policy led to California’s Healthy Schools Act. Today the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts and communities.

On October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by California Safe Schools. The bill bans experimental pesticides, whose health effects are unknown, from California k-12 public schools. As a result more than 6 million California children and hundreds of thousands of school children are protected from experimental chemicals whose health effects are unknown.