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Federal disaster recovery dollars increase inequality and favor white families

Federal disaster recovery dollars increase inequality and favor white families


An NPR investigation released this week has revealed that across the country, white Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do minorities and those with less wealth. While natural disasters are becoming more common in America as a result of climate change( in the early and mid-20th century, […]

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Women’s History Month Kickoff Interview:  Jean Case, On Being Fearless

Women’s History Month Kickoff Interview: Jean Case, On Being Fearless

Jean Case, the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer, and is now the author of a best-seller called “Be Fearless.”  

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Hero of the Week: Mama Lila Cabbil, Michigan Water Warrior (1944-2019)

Hero of the Week: Mama Lila Cabbil, Michigan Water Warrior (1944-2019)

As Black History Month draws to a close, we can think of no better hero than Mama Lila Cabbil, who is being remembered this week in Michigan for her tireless work on civil rights and environmental justice, and as a founder of the People’s Water Board Coalition and the Detroit People’s Platform.  She passed away […]

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Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

ODP: You’ve represented the East Bay Area cities of Oakland and Berkeley for over 20 years and have been a steadfast voice on Capitol Hill about the issue of environmental justice. Statistics show that your constituents in West Oakland (a predominantly black and low-income community) are exposed to harmful air pollution at rates five times […]

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Who gets be called an Environmentalist?

Who gets be called an Environmentalist?

When you hear the term “environmentalist” what type of person do you automatically picture? For many Americans, the image that’s conjured is one of a well-educated, middle-class white person, according to a new study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Not only do minority groups underestimate their own concern for the […]

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EPA’s Low Law Enforcement Puts Communities at Risk

EPA’s Low Law Enforcement Puts Communities at Risk

A new report issued yesterday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in conjunction with a Congressional hearing on EPA’s lack of enforcement under President Trump, concludes that communities across the country are being put at risk of exposure to dangerous contaminants.

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