Environmental justice in Pennsylvania and your vote
Discussion focuses whether our legislators in Harrisburg are protecting people’s health from pollution and what impact their policies have in our communities.
Tune in 4-5:00 pm this Friday 6/15/18 to hear:
Dr. Walter Tsou will address the effects of fossil fuel facilities on the health of the surrounding population including new research about the incidence of low birth weight babies in relation to pollution from coal, oil, and gas activities. Walter Tsou, MD, MPH is the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Philadelphia, Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania, former Health Commissioner of Philadelphia and past president of the American Public Health Association.
Saleem Chapman will tell us what is happening in PA environmental justice with a pivotal gubernatorial election taking place this fall and why citizen action to help environmental issues be a top priority in Pennsylvania. He is the Campaign Manager for Green in ’18, a Pennsylvania-wide environmental campaign launched by PennFuture with support from 25 other environmental groups across the state. In 2014, Saleem held a leading role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to impose new regulations on petroleum refineries, an effort that significantly improved the conditions of many environmental justice communities across the country.
Dean Kendall will talk about The Poor People’s Campaign drive to dismantle the “interconnected evils” of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism. This campaign draws on the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reigniting the effort to foster a moral revolution of values. Kendall is on the coordinating committee of the PA Poor People's Campaign. He’s a 69 year old subsistence farmer from near Reading and member of Payday, a network of men who campaign with the Global Women’s Strike for a world that invests in caring rather than killing.
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