June 1, 2020         
PieMatrix Offers Free COVID-19 Back to Business Tool with CDC Content Hidden by Trump Administration   •   Los Angeles Urban League Addresses Protests Related to the Death of George Floyd at the Hands of Police   •   LetsGetChecked Debuts FDA EUA-Authorized At-Home Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sure-track Test   •   FDA Approves the First Oral Medication for the Management of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Due to Uterine Fibroids in Pre-menopausal   •   HealthyChildren.org Pays Tribute to Dad with Sweepstakes Giveaway   •   Aramark Opens More Than 100 Pop-Up Grocery Stores for Frontline Healthcare Workers   •   Gynesonics Receives FDA Clearance to Market Next Generation Sonata® System 2.1   •   Teamsters Statement On Murder Of George Floyd   •   ProfNet Expert Alerts for May 29, 2020   •   The American Legion calls for White House to protect vets 'borrower defense'   •   DeVry University Answers the Call to Reskill America With Complimentary Technology Skills-Building Video Series   •   CORRECTING and REPLACING PHOTO Aramark Opens More Than 100 Pop-Up Grocery Stores for Frontline Healthcare Workers   •   Caps and Gowns Go On at Home: iQ Academy Minnesota to Celebrate Class of 2020 with Online Commencement   •   Maine Virtual Academy Celebrates 2020 Graduates in a COVID Era: School Will Provide Pre-Recorded Ceremonies So Families Can Acce   •   RGENIX Shows Clinical Activity of Novel Agent RGX-202 in Patients with KRAS Mutant Colorectal Cancer in Phase 1 Trial   •   Navigating Pregnancy and Postpartum in the COVID-19 Era   •   Sephora North America Evolves Its Beauty Insider Program   •   CAIR Condemns Police Violence Against Protesters, Media and Bystanders Amid National Unrest   •   Robert Half's Lynne Smith Honored As An Influential Woman In Bay Area Business   •   MemoryCare.com Names the Best Facilities for Senior Memory Care in Springfield, MO
Bookmark and Share

Lawmaker Lauds Environmental Justice Forum

WASHINGTON - Congressman Alcee L. Hastings applauded the first-ever White House Forum on Environmental Justice.  The forum will be held on December 15, 2010, and participants include White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. 
 
“For too long, at-risk minority and low-income communities have been forced to endure more than their share of our country’s environmental impact,” said Hastings.  “I’ve been fighting for this issue for years and am pleased that the White House is offering its support to protect minority and low-income communities from continued environmental injustices.”
 
More than 70 percent of African Americans and Latinos, compared to only 58 percent of non-minority populations, live in counties that regularly fail to meet current clean air standards. In these areas, a disproportionate number of citizens are suffering from cancer, asthma, toxic poisoning and lung-related deaths.
 
“It’s no coincidence that the majority of power plants and refineries in the United States are built in low-income neighborhoods,” Hastings continued. “Our government cannot ignore obvious dangers simply because they are posed to citizens with little political influence. I hope that this forum is a step in the right direction to meet the needs of our society. Justice should never be reserved only for those who can afford to help themselves. I look forward to working with President Obama and my colleagues in Congress to solve these disparities.”
 
Congressman Hastings led the first effort to incorporate environmental justice principles in appropriations legislation.  Additionally, he has co-authored key legislation to codify Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, signed by former President Clinton in 1994.  Hastings has also authored legislation in the 109th and 110th Congresses on developing capacity for environmental justice communities through initiatives to identify environmental burdens and mitigate their impacts. He will introduce related legislation in the 112th Congress.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings is Vice Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a senior member of the House Rules Committee, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.


STORY TAGS: BLACKS, AFRICAN AMERICAN, MINORITIES, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICANS



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News