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>> hello and thank you for joining us. i'm katy porter on the 45th congressional district. this is for a future session and politics of equity. our distinguished panelist. i would like to frame up our discussions. environmental justice is one of the phrases that get tossed around without clear definition. it's not about insisting the definition everything has to follow. to understand the conversation you should know what we mean when we say environmental justice. sometimes it's referred to ase.j. this is in our environmental laws that are mash
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beginnallized in globalte community. this is for federal policymaking that's the major focus of today's discussion. it's the way of understanding many of the issues that influence our quality of life.nf the way we built highways more many decades of the homes of family is an environmental justice issue. building chemical plants and low income urban communities layingt hundreds of miles of pipeline and they never asked the opinion and that's environmental
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injustice. they are producing environmental injustices. sites nationwide are located think about how much we take for granted poverty equals solution. environmental injustice is in our society there are 50 more. that's not how people should be treated, that's not how our economy should work and laws should be written. in s july wrote a vote and i wod like to quote it. to often leaders do not take action whene a crisis occurs. that's the foundation of today's discussion. the need for congress to prevent
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an environment alka tas trophy rather than reresponding after the harm or damage. we need a a public care in our laws. and standard in public inclusion and baseline of benefits rather than private property. our elected officials must put people, all people, before profit. the speakers you will hear from aret. among our foremost leaders in championing new ways of doing business. it's an honor to introduce them now. i will ask each of them to say a few words of their own about how they came to be involved in environmental justice and the fight they are in rising now. i will start with the chair. he's represented us in the house
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of representatives since 20p. 2003. i'm proud to sever alongside them. this is the author of the environmental act. you will hear more about this during today's discussion. brooklyn'sec oldest community basedo organize. she's a long time advocate. environment although justice. this is community resiliency. previously the director of legal training and defense fund. direct door of legal services at the american indian lawst
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alliance. katherine is the founder of the center oven virusmental justice. this is the environmental justice advisory council. in 2019 with the columbia university studyh of human righs she published a landmark study flushed and forgotten. sanitation and wastewater in rural communities in the united states. it's an examination of the framework of human rights. she was a 2020 mcauthor fellow and one of the foremost advocates for he can comic and environmental justice in rural community. sharp severed as the 23 president for indians in the
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keynote address at the environmental justice. . . impact of climate change and fellowship on —- pollution but what along the coast of washington that many americans first became aware of environmental justice when they saw >> using tear gas on unarmed protectors and i think the freezing temperatures back in 2016 we are very much looking forward to perspective and finally, mercy is the cofounder. [inaudible]. an online collaborativein platfm
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than they conduct an unprecedented public input campaign for the environmental justice for all and serve on the board of the people censored internet and launched an was named the top 100 creative people in business. i've also think this is so cool and she has been a fellow with the harvard school for democracy and she brings up s welcome experience former staffer and two is a survivor deep understanding of how to use the internet to make political organizing more inclusive and democratic and that is certainly project that everyone here supports read and thank you again for joining us again to netroots nation and an island by each of our speakers because say a little bit about environmental justice in the history and where you're going to starting here.
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starting with raul grijalva. thank you very much and i appreciate this representative and i share i think all of her colleagues in these committees they been excellent and the leadership that you bring is very profound in a very glad to be here with you. i got involved here in tucson in my hometown in the center of the region that are represented in congress and again because of the contamination and that polluted and poisoned in the aquifer the south side of 25 - 35000, who are these people and the elderly and predominantly black people in indigenous. in a first my reaction was this is a a civil rights issue in private health issue and as we
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were forwarded but that and i was working in the community and community center and doing community work, then was exposed the investigator reported for that investigative reporting and the coordination between the help of the people in the cancer race they clearly had an effect on women and children and that is been ignored they said there was no correlation in the local health pharmacy there is no correlation inme the state healh department said there's no correlation that wasal proven wrong and then what happened it is that that community and open litigation in another area. what i learned from that is the connection between all of the indicators of why this happened. in the responsible parties which was the air force, manufacturing
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plants, and is some extent the city of tucson and what happened at the end of the day was that there was a mediation but what happened is that people make the connection, this issue of would have happened if for the public health issue for the justice issue and another issue and it was discrimination. and it was the lack of attention to the community to do something about it. that's how i got started. and then there's a correlation from then on we developed conservation planning and habitats t and it begins to bece a bigger picture for us pretty justice i think in terms of my view on the environment on the whole, that is where i began my involvement into my issues and
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justice issue that affected of where i lived and grew up. >> that's wonderful next person. >> oh yes hi, i am director of and also cochair of the climate justice alliance and statewide coalition. [inaudible]. and part of the united front line that is been working tremendously hard to shape to federal legislation it and how it will be benefiting or the harm it would have on the students of african and set straight alarm to here they come from struggle. i was born and raised in new york city and just recently my mom passed because she could not breathe my father passed because he could not read. in this fight for adjustable under this and not just about the impact of environmental of
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people of color, it's also about leadership. this be foror who and who sets e table who determines the priority and how those communities most impacted or invested in a really want to thank you representative porter and all of you for your long history of love and dedication and commitment to our community and i also want to say and give a shout out to our beloved and to yvette clark and aoc who have been also represented until recent, the struggle of the frontline of the climate justice struggle and thank you. >> excellent. >> good morning and thank you everyone, my name is catherine and i hail from montgomery alabama, and registry as we
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start this next - it's a wastewater problem and when i got involved, i am a native in alabama which is near montgomery and people were being criminalized because of the sanitation issue a lot of people in other words, the flush the toilets it would go down on top of the ground we are told these were issues because people cannot afford a remedy but then we found out that the remedy is not working properly. we found the seven then we did a house to house survey which eventually led to a study, tropical medicine what we found evidence of worms and other tropical parasites in my own county in alabama. the people who had the highest percentage of worms had systems that were excuse me, they had septic symptoms but they were coming back into their homes and they were filled and that is
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where is environmental injustice and a failing in the technology in the climate change and every time it rained, people would complain about food coming back into their homes and those people were the ones that had the highest accounts of the forms. and where we are is and work also in serving as vice chair. [inaudible]. and the whole world's perspective, to the table because often times is missed because ones have not lived in the situations. it is hard to understand and explain. they're hoping there will come real solutions and i'm very appreciative of everyone is been on the forefront of fighting for this environmental justice for all of our communities including the rural communities. >> wonderful that we will go to president and i see when the screen and appreciate you being here and i'll give you a little
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bit of an introduction to you as work working out your technical difficulty so please tell us all about the wonderful work you doing with thehe indigenous communities pretty. >> i would say, good afternoon or good morning on the west coast and i think you so much for the congress member and i am so excited to be here in four years before to get a seat at the table to have these conversations. so my working climate change began in 2006, 15 years ago about that i was a leader in hearing for my community how a lifetime of our elders and they would see millions of return of the mighty river and then i got elected nearly 3000 returns and the following year, we had the storm and our power in our water, it we were wiped out for a days there was a hurricane were stored in the west coast your in the pacific northwest. unprecedented so immediately as a young electedso tribal leader,
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frontline impacts of climate change inad the resource and family for centuries was disappearing. the ocean is encroaching we relocate when the process of i relocating two of our to hire granted now the place where our ancestors signed treaties is now underwater printed and we look at the glaciers and i came face-to-face and catamount and was completely gone and it had disappeared. so as a young tribal leader i was immediately concerned with frontline impacts of climate change and i was incredibly frustrated because back in 2003, was trying to engage in policy conversations. the state and state of washington, congressionally and i just could not have a conversation. i would raise the issued climate change and they would be quiet and 70 would change the subject rated so many outside of states by participating in my first party with.
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[inaudible]. and was after president obama was elected to before he was sworn in and at that time, it became clear to me that we are going to have to go after those who are directly responsible for climate change in the public treasury is simply not to spill of climate change is not going to be funded. hard by the state legislature had we have to fight carbon hold those who are directly responsible accountable to pay for the impacts and weight back then, we knew that the impacts of climate change would only intensify both in frequency and to the degree of climate happening and sont we knew the reality that were witnessing today was coming inli is coming fast. so we set out to price the carbon if you can imagine a state like boston with the governor is read up on climate change as well as the governor who successfully when after big - they cannot get climate legislation here in the state of
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washington so we went after a citizens initiative. the western states association spent 30 $3m dollars to kill her campaign this last year we succeeded in our state legislature and we had the very first comprehensive carbon piece of legislation in every city impacts of climate change and intensifies and were going to have to price the carbon and soe model to nationalize the tribal nations at the table with these efforts being led by holding big oil accountable because were simply paying for the impacts of climate change in the hurricanes and tornadoes and have to keep the resources from the private sector so were intending to not only nationalize the work that we're doing but certainly we are going to be participating at the un conference and negotiations coming up next month but as we parked the car become i think the revelations are in a position to act foreign investment grade and renewable energy and when i was looking at
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pricing carbon back in 2006 are there was a terrific market all voluntary. and one in california and one in new york and the price of carbon at the time was two - $3 at the time and the international price was $32 predict domestic companies couldn't access those markets. the tribal nation could access it though and that's one example were tribal nation on the summer powers and authority can attract investments for these energy companies are valuable and internationally. since tribal nations but a position to advance public policy and bicarbonate are also in a position on the emerging economy that we see on the horizon so oscillations are here on the frontlines and impacted in on the frontlines of holding big oil accountable and on the frontlines of the bright future that we all see come to fruition here in the united states and i
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yield back. >> thank you. >> thank you so much and just to be clear, i think you and so honor to be here to be in the span of the speakers. as you said, former congressional staffer and that experience in health reform to allow those efforts predict. [inaudible]. ♪ vendors and i started in 2010, try to build a platform that would move the various an open of access to the advocacy accest of potential for technology in that process andal we have had p to now, that cycle over the years but i will just say that this experience was with the
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natural resources committee and the working group, for this public process has been the most inspirational experience with that in over ten years and am so excited to talk about it. >> okay i will hand this off pretty. >> i think there may be some connection issues so if somebody else would like to go ahead and handle any questions or two, you can do that. [background sounds]. [background sounds]. >> there seems to be connection issues so if someone would like to handle a question or two, why
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don't we do that. >> i actually didn't talk about the accomplishments in the worth of work being done but on the back end of this website and check that out and i think that there was a question and i think that is really important so we can go back to the build back better active position of the environmental on that, and i know now that there represented importers back on, as you go back and let you speak and i'm happy to address that later pretty. >> absolutely and sorry about and i wanted to actually go to you first and ask you about, how do you think that the political and the policy plans scape has changed over time and you said that you been a leader in this fight for many years. how are the frontline communities will engage on environmental justice policies particularly the federal level for the national level and cooperation compared to when you
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started. i think everything is changed. >> this was back in the late '90s when i started to do this work and at that time, we were fighting against the environmental issues in our communities and sort of pivoted to planning and changing the landscape and stopping and passing the legislation and recently in your state, climate leadership in the legislation the federal government used to model just a supporting act and everything is changed. you have the climate justice alliance is really the central gravity and climate change had justice in a move towards a just transition. what we need to see was rest of organizations determining what our priorities work in every piece of legislation and now you seem the frontline table, made up of ien, environmental work,
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grassroots and black lives matter and grassroots organizations all of the country literally state they represent millions of people in the united states and so we feel that we were thinking the landscape and changing policies and certainly we've been successful in the state of new york but recently we've been very disappointed because the black and indigenous people of color were voted biden into office and would not have gotten into office if they had not been because of the work that we've done of people on the ground in the community came and said, that black people have always as back rated as of overseeing rightlw now is pointless like like really sort of playing three cards in the lives of the black and indigenous people that have been here for generations so when we talk about the bipartisan
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infrastructure package and build back better act, we thank you so a conflict and injustice pledge has becomen sort of climate judgment ever promise that will not be met and in these packages in my communities, 40 percent offending to the project and communities. [inaudible]. we already see this being said that that would be allowing the senses and not direct funding and we benefits to take the form of these programs and submission of happeningro anyway. so were also sing fossil fuel subsidies the work of those packages that bill as 25 billion slated for the fossil fuel subsidies in addition to the build back better act an additional 15 million rated this is not included the clean energy so we are really concerned about
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that solutions that are funded in this packages and we are working diligently both on the ground and is not just about putting together legislation with literally, just transition pretty. [inaudible]. in the same in new york, the first community that on sunset and bringing offshore wind and. [inaudible]. the equivalent of the u.s. department of energy bring the investments to offshore wind solution oriented and that should be injected no solutions so there's tremendous satisfaction grassroot leaders have been working, i mean, we are meaningful as a movement and we have been shaping everything from the buyback to the green new deal that is radical that is been in the past we are leading we have to because literally our people on the chopping board are the people who got him from super storm sandy hurricane ida
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and we could go on and on about the devastation that has impacted those people least responsible for creating the climate change. soap leadership and follows the frontline and in line with recommendations on the policy that we have been pushing for ande it is a different moment. so different time and literally everything is at stake predict so that is changed. >> i want to go to the chair and talk a little bit about the approach that you talk to develop the environmental justice for all act pretty quite a bit of a different way than the bill and elizabeth, can you talk a little bit about why you took such a different approach in developing environmental justice for all and how that shaped with the bill looks like now. >> the legislation as a product
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or process that we learned the hard way. the efforts around therd environmental justice legislation, we began in 2015. congress, and had no traction. i think when we started the process, to do something not only come comprehensive around the environment but no matter what, we did not have the investments in the involvement the real change by the organization frontline communities and environmental justice leadership. it was not going to work and it would not the support needed to have the legislation.
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we talked about how self-critical. that is summit about 300 people from dc and with the task force and it came back time and time again for comments and criticism critique and for changes, about 300 came in and at the end of the day, the product was a fraction of it and a good barometer and a good example for other pieces of legislation read we are addressing systemic issues and are society discrimination and the environmental income issue and the issue of empowerment in terms of community my colleagues was speaking to. that is the legislation clinic codified into law some very fundamental things.
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accumulative effect and redress and how communities can go to court, judicial and otherwise to assert the right to participate in the right to be heard. it was developed not from the bottom up but it was organic issue that my good friend and i, we follow this over two years and that is a product pretty still need to beea codified into law and what will happen in the insurgency and the environmental justice for all act becomes law or does not come in front become law. i think in the long-term, the community that we are want to empower the needs to be codified
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into law this were the resistance will be from those who issues. we need to perfect and that's where it will come hard to try to stop those two issues and those are taken out and essentially taken out of power in communities to be able to heard and to be there. >> elizabeth would you like to follow-up on that. >> sure, just quickly i want to say that. [background sounds]. sorry about that and this is really model, is reallyha model and so contrary to overseeing right now at the national level. it is a process in terms of how communities need these decision-making so necessary at this time and also the out, and a process is as important as the outcome and i think that what he did needs to be replicated and modeled so i just wanted because
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i went into the problems without talking about that we are working for the people who know when he is to be done and how it needs to be done pretty so thank you for that. >> to tell us more about this many people can read a little bit about that, is central to what the outcome and legislation would be able to convene and how can other environmental justice advocates joining us today to speak about this and the technologies to really become more inclusive and deliver justice. also in the outcome. sina thank you so much and i absolutely echo whatt elizabeth said, it is a groundbreaking process i'll be honest, it was not groundbreaking because of the technology. it was because there were lawmakers ready to listen and
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take what they heard and incorporate into the legislation that was being drafted. so if you follow the description of the process, the community underwent convening representative described in there was a questar input before bill hadst been drafted and tell them they're asking about the ingredients before they put it into the recipe or before the human created the recipe and most of the time they get asked if they wanted bait. and there was a process of the draft bill and members of the individuals invited to come and comment in line and the actual language and then it was in put incorporated into the villanelle because talk to i the staff they show me there dogeared highlighted list of all of the things they had received and how they were checking off these comments what was included and
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it was really the most i think groundbreaking process i have seen after many years of watching and wanting to include the public in the process legitimately incorporating the feedback into eventual legislation and as we all know, there's no requirement for congress to do that are in the executive branch are for this public process that does not exist in congress. it's a decision by the committee and those drafting it to to actually affirmatively request and incorporate the kind of participation. so i've talked about it all over the world. i talked to the parliamentary unit about it in the house committee of including the recommendations as something that other committees should replicate so again, i would just emphasize that is quite groundbreaking.
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[inaudible]. and incorporate what they heard pretty and trent. >> i just talked to them today about having field hearings which very old-school kind of version for the input but the way you do it were also with much more follow-up and continued engagement people were able to work together and collaborate is really terrific. the biden harris administration environmental justice advisory council vice chair and can you tell us a little bit about the parallel between that approach and what's been going on with the grass roots activist that were surprising healthy and ministration working to develop
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the environmental justice environmental regulations. >> * off my singing to speak officially but i can attempt to answer the question is a member of the private citizen so everyone who serves orr represents from around the country a lot of people i've known for many many years that have been actively engaged in environmental justice fight in the people in the community around the united states, to give a little bit of history. the election when it was determined that biden is going to be a candidate, as part of the task force that was appointed there and i get a chance to serve with people concluded with aoc and also in the future and part of what i was asked to do was to drop this policy for the administration
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and i received advice from various people from around the country about how to move forward with that. a lot of what was suggested ended up becoming part of the biden white house and i believe that one of those of course was part of this and i feel fortunate being from alabama, very few people know about historical events has achieved in the voting rights. coming from a rural community where we celebrate the first person to become part of the mba hall of fame hb - and he talked yoabout the struggles and part f it being part of this and for him being recognized the
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significant but also i think for somebody for me like to be sittingf is also significant because there has been times when i've been in this fight for well h over 25 years and i have not ever been able to penetrate that level of government in terms of talkingle about the issues that we have an often times people are assuming the sanitation issues are resolved and the people served that we are dealing with guidance for example for and also for and working on different screening tools and we are working on and we take public, summing the public can be engaged in the process. and i encourage people to also attend the meetings and on the website we can do this virtually and be able to have input.
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i can assure you that those comments are definitely the sand to buy members of us and we have people representing places like puerto rico and alaska arizona and indigenous people and we have latino representing and people from appalachia and it is probably the most diverse group in one of the things about it is it is not a perfect process because as the first time we've ever engaged in the process there's never been process like this before but a lot of this goes and compliments the work that they're doing there in congress and is already been slighted until we codify this environmental justice we will continue to have to fight these battles. we don't want have to fight this with it next president if they are in digestive process so we
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want to or people living with raw sewage over and over again for years to come. >> wonderful we had a great conversation going and it in the chat and people of question so if you have things that you would like to ask the panelist, please put them in their and what is start with the question and asking about covid-19. >> a minute i environmental issue, she points out that 20 hit lots of people of color and indigenous people the first and hardest. sometimes these diseases emerge from environmental destruction and can you share thoughts on this issue and they will go first to catherine and then next pretty. >> yes covid-19 is really in our community, one point we had the highest covid-19 infections in the state of alabama.
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even to be below are actively did work for years to try to bring justice not only for the sanitation issues but about poverty and equality and kind of access to the economic opportunities read she died of covid-19 test in july and left two children orphans as a result. so ied think that people that we've seen that people are hit the hardest are the people that is most over burdened in all of us are talking about. and consequently, the rural communities have no hospitals and pamela had to be taken to selma which is about 45 minutes away from them being trans- furred to birmingham which is two hours away to get place on ventilator and then she passed
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away. but along with that, she dealing with diabetes and her home was full of mold and mildew and her daughter had asthma and was treated with a cpap machine and these are the kind of things to make people more vulnerable. they want to talk my friends then living around the chemical plant. even when i go there to visit, i have to deal with respiratory issues was eileen and i can just imagine how it could be for people living there all the time. and there were t disease like covid-19 creating respiratory problems and only compounds the issues make them less likely to be able to fight it off. so just based on my personal experience, i believe that we have to address these environmental justice issues as they become more common to climate change. we have to be in a position to fight and were fighting on the front as well pretty. >> thank you for the question and there really as a connection
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and our ancestors were told of the day of reckoning a moment of truth when you look at the multiple of apocalyptic challenges that our generation is facing, whether it is climate change are dealing with multiple global pandemics and over the koa at the course of a lifetime, is whatever that there we are and will detached from our basic principles. the teachings that we live in a balanced environment were experiencing the brunt of it. if you lookk at the stories of the navajo nation, we have the highest rates of infection rates of death and we are very vulnerable because we do not have the resources and there's a report by the civil rights and congress, detailing it. in this report and that one agency is living up to its responsibility and revelation and fortunately we have champions in congress that are working to correct that but it
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still until they have the resources, were going to remain vulnerable. [inaudible]. and we have to deal with this pandemic and our ancestors in the way we live with the traditional values that are designed to ensure that we can provide for the next generations. that is a task forwarded so very grateful for these types of conversations and grateful for the leadership that allows victory for our voices to be heard because we are all impacted and we need the solutions and thank you. >> i think the connections between the communities that have been under resourced for the entirety of our country's history in terms of healthcare both the quality of care and the affordability of care. and the connection to the great environmental sources.
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and i want to take a question from adam about pollution being from concentrated environmental communities as we have been talking about and i i wanted to ask if you could say a little bit more about how environmental justice legislation is tackling the issue of the impact in something that they know elizabeth mentioned as well pretty. >> is it my turn. >> yes it is. >> there's another point part of the empowerment is the resource that you brought up, the smart and grants and other legislation because the communities have to have independent ability to
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bring in expertise and organize a lot of these add to be able to deal with the options presented. and that resource support, i think that is key and the other issue iss the effect that this way the situation is set up now. [inaudible]. were dealing with this admission permitted and that is it and then they will come back and say by the way, we welcome levels is really not that big of a harm. but when we are saying is yes to the analysis of this but you also have a cumulative analysis and what the effects of those emissions are. that is key and i think that
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changes the whole conversation for the communities to be able to deal with this question of what is being cited. so the accumulative effect is key. >> i thank you so really importants that the conversation about the cumulative impacts of followed conversation about covid-19.. and in new york city densely populated community were thousands and thousands and thousands of people died and even as we speak, just a few blocks away for me,y there are trucks with about 500 bodies is been there since covid-19 took effect and youn know, and that was a year and a half ago. and one family less for members within two weeks and so surprising to us is going to be those communities surrounded by power plants, and chemical industrynt and were going to the ones that work hardest hit we
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can't talk about this for the reducing the omissions. and the kinds of reductions that need to happen in order to help our communities without talking about taking out fossil fuels and plants that exist in our communities and replacing them with either memory storage or renewable energy, these conversations have to happen in tandem with each other is not enough to the administration to say but on the other hand, give you literally giving with one hand and taking away with the other so the conversation about accumulative effects and discriminatory signing of environmental in our community specifically because we have been targeted for environmental and that has been the idea that her communities don't the power the resources to fight back so yes there has to be an investment.
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in these healthy communities in every part of the united states but there also has to be consistency from the federal administration on how we will address the legacy of harm that is been hoisted on people who have endured a legacy of intellect. so is complicated question but there are answers in the front line of the climate crisis has his answer so i really hope this conversation promotes deeper conversation about how we get there collectively. >> one more question i has to we keep it short so we get to it. helen the environmental justice movement b gain more momentum if we engage more with agriculture farmers and they are seeing crop loss and catherine, your work in the rural communities also we think about the attention
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between agriculture and environmental justice movement and can you say just a couple of words about that. >> yes, i think there's a difference between the factory farms in the small farmers and i think we should do more to help the family farms in the small farmers in the black farmers than what we have been doing i think by doing thatd and making sure the food is locally sourced. that will lead to some of the help we need now just with private and environmental justice issues because a lot of these places in the food in like d in alabama we can grow food bt we don't because there was a legacy of paying the farmers not to grow food. we need to change that but they were given a lot of the incentives to the factory farmers and we need to move away from factory farming. i think that what we have to do is shift the resource to where the need to be and again i think
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they would be born ballots. that is also a justice issue predict.st >> i give everybody could say 30 or 45 seconds>> really quick red and in 30 seconds, answer this question. how can we push an organization focused ont environmental justice who don't see this issue in the connection of it to their work and how can we push them to be more environmentally justice minded ando let start with marcy. >> is the policy question but just to recoil that the representative, the first thing they told me is we have to do things differently for environmental justice because the principles is that no one speaks for the communities, this community speak for themselves and i think that with this
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process illustrated is how beneficial an important that is and how that is not just an environmental justice principal, as a principal for absolutely every area of policy and i think there's so much to be learned from the people in this discussion and what has been >> building on the momentum, we find leaders in every sector and were running out of time and is critically important for those of us who have the passion and the work that we come together in cities like this and lead by example and they will come along eventually we just have to get this or maintain this momentum. >> i think this is a moment for us to think about building just relationships and engage in self transformation and this is a moment where the future looks
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dire and we have to build alignment and we have to move money to the front line of this climate crisis and invest in those solutions that are coming from aligarh communities cross-country whether it's appalachia or people weather is in detroit or will we are literally going to be the majority by 2042 when climate change is fully taken hold so this is investing in our communities and in our future and so h i think i'm going to he to have some part in conversations about where our core values are have to be centered on racial justicece and equity. this really is been a legacy of ignoring that because assent been uncomfortable the only thing uncomfortable that is going to basically have this flavor so i think we have an opportunity right now to start doing the work that needs to be done. >> thank you for this
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opportunity to be here with you today. >> yes, i think the way we keep the momentum of in this conversation and coming from rents date surrounded by people's value systems are not aligned with mine but i have this conversations with them and i think you have to have those conversations across all spectrumsro whether it's religis or political, we have to find alignment so that we can move together because we don't, where all be destroyed together. >> environmental justice is a comprehensive, is in fact the party of life of many in all communities and it is about equity and about a strategy to
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deal with systemic racism and neglect and it is about civil rights and the protection and it is about the environment and climate issues and environmental issues of equity and justice and this with the environmental justice movement is i think a week really have to talk about this in sensitive ways not just about poor people, then it's about everyone. in this issue, it is not just an equity issue, it is a vital economic issue that people have to come to grips with. yet have a mindset that this is not something that we are doing to appease but something that is fundamentally changing this dynamic of how environmental issues are dealt with and i think the legislation is on
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that. and people on an issue that was to have. [inaudible]. they come by an issue with the accumulative effect and once even those doors can open, but accumulative effect is, that's an opportunity for us to going there and make our argument in the grant maker argument. and thank you. >> that is a perfect onto and on. environmental justice is an issue in each of us need to be raising and lifting up and learning about and making those connections and truly a framework that we can use to push forward to address all of the different things. racial equity, elation and protective for indigenous cultures and people so thank you everyone so much for joining and being part of this conversation them have great schedule. so i want to make sure that
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