Living with Cumulative Toxic Pollution
A day before a White House public hearing on proposed environmental rollbacks, Christine and Delma Bennett tell their story about living with cumulative toxic pollution.
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August 3, 2020
Coming Clean is seeking a Food Justice Organizer to lead collaborative projects, grounded in grassroots priorities and leadership, to improve community health, wealth, self-determination, and food sovereignty by increasing availability of locally and sustainably-grown produce and food products, as part of a just transition away from toxic and unjust products and systems. Our food programs advance our overall mission of reforming the industrial chemical and fossil fuel industries so they are no longer a source of harm, and securing systemic changes that allow a safe chemical and clean energy economy to flourish, while leaving no community behind. Read More
July 14, 2020
Environmental justice activists are applauding Joe Biden’s clean energy plan, unveiled Tuesday, because of how it focuses on communities of color that have long suffered from exposure to pollution. Read More
July 7, 2020
Written by M. Isabelle Chaudry, human rights advocate and senior policy manager for the National Women's Health Network, a member of Coming Clean.
For decades, the company has marketed a product in Black communities thought to cause cancer: Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. The company continues to do so today. For many Black women, including myself, the use of talcum powder — especially Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder — has long been a daily part of their self-care routine. Understanding these cultural norms, Johnson & Johnson engaged in aggressive, targeted marketing tactics among Black women for years, without disclosing the potential risks associated with use. Read More
June 25, 2020
Black lives matter. As we contemplate the scope of structural racism, we find that “Black Lives Matter” needs to be said over and over again. We say it as we push for policing that protects rather than threatens. And we can keep saying it. Like when we talk about having available, affordable health care. Having access to technology and broadband, a quiet space, and time when the classroom becomes off limits due to a pandemic or climate-driven extreme weather. Finding an affordable place to live and landlords who don’t discriminate. Finding meaningful work and getting a promotion. Finding fresh food. Getting respect. Read More
June 21, 2020
A month before thousands began marching here, day after day, to protest the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and a woman here named Breonna Taylor, a professor at the University of Louisville was a co-author on a study that identified another killer targeting Black lives: toxic pollutants. Read More
June 16, 2020
Unrest over police brutality, combined with the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on African Americans, Latinos and other minorities, has swiftly turned into a broader national reckoning over structural racism. That has elevated the perspectives of the environmental justice movement, a network of grassroots activists who push for climate change and sustainability policies that prioritize communities of color, which are exposed to greater levels of pollution and therefore are at greater risk of dying from the pandemic. Read More
June 11, 2020
The Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS), which is dedicated to getting toxic products out of dollar stores and helping them stock local, sustainably-produced healthy foods, is deeply concerned Dollar Tree did not express during its annual meeting of shareholders Thursday a commitment to going beyond its previously-stated goal of removing 17 highly-hazardous chemicals from the products it sells by 2020. Read More
Coming Clean is a nonprofit collaborative of environmental health and environmental justice experts working to reform the chemical and energy industries so they are no longer a source of harm. We coordinate hundreds of organizations and issue experts—including grassroots activists, community leaders, scientists and researchers, business leaders, lawyers, and advocates working to reform the chemical and energy industries. We envision a future where no one’s health is sacrificed by toxic chemical use or energy generation. Guided by the Louisville Charter, Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing, and the Principles of Environmental Justice, we are winning campaigns for a healthy, just, and sustainable society by growing a stronger and more connected movement.