For the past several months, members of the Fort Mojave Indian tribe in Ward Valley, California, have been defending their historic land by settling into a desert encampment next to their reservation, where the State of California and a private waste storage company wants to build a low level nuclear waste dump. In Houston, Texas, black residents of the Kennedy Heights community recently discovered that Gulf Oil, now owned by Chevron, polluted the ground on which they are living before selling it to a developer in the 1960s, and they are now suing Chevron for damages in a federal court. Outside New Orleans, Louisiana, citizens of a mostly black and poor town are fighting a major chemical company to prevent it from erecting a toxic emitting plant in their district. And in urban areas from West Oakland, California, to the South Bronx of New York City, community groups are pressuring their political representatives to shut down hazardous waste incinerators that, they claim, have clustered in their neighbourhoods because of a specific form of discrimination they call environmental racism. The concept of “environmental justice” was introduced into American politics in 1982, when residents and civil-rights activists in mostly black and poor… Read full this story
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