Environmental Justice

"Civil Rights Complaint Filed Over Chicago Plant Relocation"

"Community leaders on the southeast side of Chicago have filed a civil rights complaint accusing the city of pushing heavy industry into Black and Latino communities while enabling luxury developments in wealthy parts of the city.

The Fair Housing Act complaint with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development centers on the Chicago City Council and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's recent approval of moving a recycling facility from the city's wealthy Lincoln Park neighborhood to southeastern Chicago.

Source: E&E News, 08/14/2020

Harris Will Make Racial Justice a Key Part of Biden Climate Agenda

"Kamala Harris made history on Tuesday, becoming the first Black woman to be the vice presidential pick on a major party ticket. But she makes history in other ways, too. Her addition to Team Biden will focus a new spotlight on an issue Harris has championed in the Senate: addressing the racism of environmental pollution."

Source: Mother Jones, 08/13/2020

Border Wall Water Use Threatens Endangered Species, Enviros Say

"A government assessment recently obtained by an environmental group appears to link a well the group says is used in U.S.-Mexico border wall construction to low water levels in wildlife habitats at an Arizona refuge with endangered species."

Source: The Hill, 08/12/2020

Harris and Ocasio-Cortez Team up on a Climate ‘Equity’ Bill

"When Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced climate "equity" legislation on Thursday, climate activists saw it as a hopeful sign of Democratic unity less than three months before a hugely consequential election with both the White House and the Senate up for grabs."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/07/2020

Alaska Tribes Petition to Preserve Tongass Forest Roadless Protections

"Last week, nine native Alaska tribes filed a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt the removal of protections for the Tongass National Forest, the country's largest reserve of public woodlands, which the tribes say is vital to their livelihoods."

Source: InsideClimate News, 08/06/2020

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