Rally To End Environmental Racism

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Image credit is given to NAACP North Carolina.

The North Carolina Environmental Justice Network will kick off our Annual Environmental Justice Summit on October 18, 2013 with a Rally To End Environmental Racism.  Meet us in Raleigh on the Halifax Mall where our State legislature does its business.  The rally will start at 9:00 AM on the Mall and we will march from the Mall over to North Carolina’s Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) offices in the Archdale building at 512 N. Salisbury Street.  We want DENR and our State to know that we are fed up with the policies and permits coming out of Raleigh, that give industries the okay to pollute our communities’ air and water, decrease property values, and destroy the peoples’ health, all in the name of “economic development.” Whose economies are being developed?  The economies of communities that bear the burdens of pollution are not.

In a recent move that adds insult to injury, our state DENR recently turned down two federal grants that would have funded stream and wetland studies, and monitored water quality in areas where fracking is most likely to take place.  The funding would have come at a time when major budget cuts to the Department will take place.  Just this year, state lawmakers passed legislation that will result in a two million dollar cut to the Water Resources Division.

Please call the NCEJN office at (252) 826-3017 to let us know whether you plan to join us.

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Gary Grant, NCEJN & Peggy Shepard, WEACT in NYC – 2013

Gary Grant, NCEJN Executive Director and Peggy Shepard, WEACT for Environmental Justice Executive Director in New York City, August 2013

Gary Grant, NCEJN Executive Director and Peggy Shepard, WEACT for Environmental Justice Executive Director in New York City, August 2013

While in New York City on August 6-9, 2013 to attend and present at the Rural Sociological Society’s (RSS) annual meeting addressing the issues and the plight of Black, Native, Latino, and Women farmers and food security, Gary Grant, Executive Director of NCEJN, Willie J. Wright (NCEJN), and Dr. Spencer Wood (Kansas State University) met with Peggy Shephard and the WE ACT team on Wednesday August 7th, 2013 . The Harlem-based WE ACT addresses various forms of environmental injustice and degradation, from clean air to healthy indoor environments. The meeting helped NCEJN solidify our cross-regional relationship with our “city cousins” to the North and provided a space to share some struggles, strategies, and successes of communities in North Carolina and New York. As many know, here in North Carolina we are faced with the future proliferation of industrial hog lagoons (cess pools), landfills, and fracking operations which disproportionately affect poor communities and those of color. In New York, WE ACT is working to address issues of air, water, and indoor pollution and concerns of food safety and sovereignty. NCEJN hopes to work directly with WE ACT in the future in order to engage and influence each others’ communities.