Do you understand the environmental injustices such as Mittal Steel that cause harm to your family in Cleveland?

Submitted by ANGELnWard14 on Sun, 05/15/2011 - 16:21.
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Do BLACK families know about Environmental Pollution?

That is a great question....I have attended workshops that were predominantly represented by caucasian people. Are the black families getting any info on this entire pollution, EPA, and environmental injustice category to protect their families? 

Always Appreciative, "ANGELnWard14"

Education on environment in disadvantaged communities

I know two African Americans who are active in environmentalism - Kim Foreman and Mark McClain. Maurice Small is a leader in local foods. None speak out against Mittal and environmental injustice in a disruptive way - all I suspect depend on funding from industry.

I was thinking today about how far polluter corruption goes here - do they teach black urban kids different things about the environment than white kids in Solon. I'd love to see number of hours of environmental education programming in our urban schools vs. suburban - white vs. black.

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do people read, talk and care to do reach?

Isn't that all we need to ask? If people do this, it is for their own good. If your neighbor doesn't speak of it, ask if he/she knows of things that are going to make a difference.

I dislike people always asking /saying black, white is such broad terms. It need not be that way IMO.

And how are people going to overcome being too race/color aware if that is all they hear about?? I mean the word 'racist' is used at the drop of a hat, just IMO oppinion, to shut someone up -when they have nothing else to come back with to add to the subject. And the ones doing that (calling people the R word) just not only want to shut the other up, they think then they get the last word.

So, let's not give them the chance, by dividing the groups of people. Does it really have to be black folk  or white folk?? 

If the people don't care to go to events, to read, to talk to others, it seems that the end result is of their own making.

Sad but true, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. And getting it there, was MORE than half of the battle. Betty

 

ps. so many of these polls do not leave choices like

"Does not apply"

 

The problem is, America is NOT a Democracy - it is a Republic! As our Founding Fathers established, can we keep it?

EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call - May 19, 2011

EPA Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call - May 19, 2011 at 4 p.m. ET

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice one of EPA’s top priorities. In support of this priority, we invite environmental justice advocates to participate on our next Quarterly Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call, which will take place on May 19, 2011 at 4 p.m. ET.

The purpose of these calls is to provide information to participants about the Agency’s EJ activities and maintain an open dialogue with EJ advocates.  As EPA continues to advance Plan EJ 2014, the Agency hopes that these calls will better inform the public about EPA’s EJ work and enhance opportunities to take advantage of federal activities. Listen to, or read about, previous calls at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html.

Citizen speaking at First White House Environmental Justice Forum 2010

We are taking suggestions on agenda topics for the upcoming call.  After receiving your suggestions, we will select the topic(s) that are of general concern to communities. Please keep in mind that the call will only last one hour, so the number of topics discussed will be limited. Submit a topic at http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/events/ej-outreach-calls.html.

For more information about the Administrator's priorities: http://blog.epa.gov/administrator/2010/01/12/seven-priorities-for-epas-future/

 

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Demographics period...should be evaluated like Norm Said...

ALL demographics...

Educate, educate, educate...yourself and your children....

Best question of the year from my 9 Year Old child, "MOM, WHY IS THAT FLAME ALWAYS BURNING (by the steel mills)....?" 

 

Always Appreciative, "ANGELnWard14"

Parenting

 
I agree that environmental factors play some role in the development of psychiotic adults...but lack of parental investment during the critical first three years accounts for the majority of societal failures...

You can not blame these guys on Mittal Steel:

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/05/2_men_charged_in_lakewood_home.html#comments

Where did their fathers work?

Where did their fathers work? Did their daddies get polluted and have anger problems and beat the little buggers? Cheat on their mommies? Why?

What fumes did they breathe when small.

Mutation, baby. Mutation. Pollution causes mutation and that gets passed down to next generations... we are paying the price for generations of toxins in this aging toxic hell.

Nobody wants to admit it but it is true.

What is your final solution for mutants? Prison?!?!  A bullet in the head?

I know what mine is, exactly.

MMJ.

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...and Grandparents....

Love, lots of love! 

Reading too... Quality time.... Breastfeeding too.

Parenthood has lots of challenges....but yes, I totally agree....
 

We may not have been financially rich, but we were blessed with lots of love!

We had drug problems too...

 The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”

I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young:

I was drug to church on Sunday morning.

 

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I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.

I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.

I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, this land would be a better place.

 

Always Appreciative, "ANGELnWard14"