MLK 50: Our First Family March in Memphis with NAACP

It is hard to describe what I felt in Memphis, TN on April 4th, 2018. This date marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To start, this was my first “march”. I have always wanted to march, but never did. I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, a [...]

Honoring Black History Month and the Path Towards Energy Justice: Coal Ash Testimony at US Commission on Civil Rights

On Feb 5 I had the honor to accompany local and national advocates to Washington, DC for a briefing of the US Commission on Civil Rights regarding the environmental justice impacts of toxic coal ash. Together, we delivered an unequivocal message to the Commission: Communities are suffering from this byproduct of burning coal for electricity, and EPA’s rules leave a lot to be desired to protect them. In 2016, the Commission is reviewing civil rights implications of EPA’s policies and will provide a report to Congress and the President by September 30. EPA recently released two new rules related to coal ash, so the Commission held this day-long briefing to hear from several panels of impacted people, experts, and industry representatives about environmental justice and coal ash.

Can we talk? Here’s the conversation African Americans need to have about climate change

This guest post, by Danielle Hilton and Seandra Pope, was originally published on Grist on July 8. You can see the original post here. Last year, the African-American author and commentator Charles D. Ellison asked, “Where’s the Black political conversation on climate change?” Now that conversation is happening, but it’s not the one we need. [...]

Tr-Ash Talk: Dumping A Civil Rights Issue

This guest post was written by Emily Enderle of Earthjustice. The original blog can be found here.   One town’s Tr-”ash” is no one’s treasure The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been sitting on a proposed coal ash standard for nearly 15 months. Without environmental standards for protection from this toxic waste, 54 residents of [...]

Special Report: Industry wraps coal ash regulation fight in the mantle of civil rights

Guest Blog by Sue Sturgis, Editorial Director, Institute for Southern Studies/Facing South SPECIAL REPORT: Industry wraps coal ash regulation fight in the mantle of civil rights Standing out among the more than 250 people who testified at the recent Environmental Protection Agency hearing on proposed coal ash regulations in Charlotte, N.C. was one speaker with an [...]