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September 18, 2019 By Lily Milwit (Law & Policy Intern, PRRAC), Megan Haberle (Deputy Director, PRRAC), and Ndidi Anekwe (Policy Intern, PRRAC) In October 2018, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on the impact of global warming, suggesting that we … Read More about 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Related Housing Issues (Lily Milwit, Megan Haberle, & Ndidi Anekwe, September 2019)
More Environmental Justice Resources from PRRAC
A PRRAC Field Report.
Editors’ Note: “We are proud to offer this compilation of case studies, reflections, and strategic advice from fellow advocates who are working to advance structural change and make a concrete difference for communities throughout the country. Many of the authors explore the theme of synergy among advocacy strategies, such as organizing, litigation, policy engagement, and coalition building. they also tell stories that speak eloquently to the connections among issue areas, such as health, environmental justice, and housing and community development. Many of these stories have roots in the structural dynamics that have long shaped health inequities across race, ethnicity, and income. concentrated poverty, racism, and political and financial disempowerment intersect, especially because of our long history of racial segregation, and the work of addressing those problems is challenging. it takes dynamic, compassionate advocacy, strong partnership work, and not least persistence. We thank our authors and hope that you find inspiration, as we do, in their lessons from the field.”
PRRAC Research & Advocacy Guide.
Excerpt: “Communities of color have long argued that there is a need for stronger environmental and health protections that adequately serve all people and that advance their rights to fair participation. Since the modern environmental justice movement began in the 1980s, a series of reports as well as lawsuits and administrative complaints also have documented the ways in which people of color and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by decisions regarding the siting of hazardous facilities as well as other environmental issues. People of color are more likely to live near coal plants and landfill sites, and experience higher rates of asthma, heart disease, lung problems, and other adverse health outcomes.”
PRRAC hosted a symposium on Fair Housing Intersections, exploring the connections between housing policy, transportation, environmental justice, and education. The panel was moderated by Dennis Parker, PRRAC Board Member and Director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project, and featured Anthony Foxx, previous U.S. Secretary of Transportation; John King, previous U.S. Secretary of Education; environmental justice leader Vernice […]
Published in Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law.
Excerpt: “Fair housing and environmental justice are deeply intertwined, though they have long operated in separate siloes among both policymakers and advocates. In recent years, the importance of connecting these issues has been brought home in acute ways. This included the public exposure of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan (which gave momentum to successful efforts to raise HUD’s lead threshold), and the disastrous impacts of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey (highlighting the need not only for emergency preparation, but also for proactive, equitable climate adaptations).”
We respectfully submit comments in response to the request for information, “Drafting a New Federal Strategy to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Impacts.” We commend the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children (Task Force) for its commitment to developing strategies to protect children from environmental health risks and appreciate […]
A PRRAC Policy Brief.
Excerpt: “Proactive planning is essential in order to effectively respond to climate threats. Actors at every level of government must understand that they have an important role in planning for climate change. The growing threat posed by climate change has prompted many states and localities to develop adaptation plans.”
By Robert A. Hahn (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) Introduction. Segregation as a Fundamental Public Health Issue There is a great and urgent need for public health practitioners to better understand the association of racial and ethnic segregation with ill-health and to collaborate with other agencies to address the underlying causes. This essay […]
By Robert Garcia (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk,if you can’t walk then crawl,but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communities in Los Angeles are celebrating the civil rights revolution with public art and green space: […]
By Michelle Roberts (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) Mossville is not located on most U.S. maps. Yet some of America’s largest industrial corporations have found this unincorporated African-American community and exploit its natural resources and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Near Mossville, homes, churches and playgrounds, there are 14 industrial facilities […]
A PRRAC Policy Brief.
Excerpt: “The next opportunity for a demonstration health mobility proposal would be in HUD’s 2012 budget, which will be developed starting in the fall and winter of 2010. PRRAC is now reaching out to colleagues in the public health field to help develop this concept into a mature legislative proposal.”