environmental justice

Madison Park student on field trip to MLK shoreline, photo credit Robin Morales

Teaching Environmental Justice, Empowering Students

March 8, 2019

Imagine growing up in a low-income immigrant of color neighborhood that has been subject to disinvestment and neglect. Imagine your neighborhood is also near neighborhoods with extensive wealth and resources and demographics that are nothing like yours. If you grow up in this type of neighborhood you may start thinking that you are not worth being invested in,  and that your circumstances say something about your value as a person.

Pumpjack at the Lost Hills Oil Field

Pursuing Environmental Justice In Kern County

February 19, 2019

My name is Jesus Alonso, and I am the Kern Environmental Justice Community Organizer for Clean Water Action. I was born and raised in Lamont, a small, low-income, Spanish-speaking migrant community in Kern County. I am passionate about our work in Kern, not only because it is where I grew up but because the hard-working people of Kern face some of the worst environment-related health impacts and poorest air quality in our state. Multiple nearby pollution sources, including agriculture and oil and gas infrastructure, continually fill our air with contaminants. 

Awakening: My Road to Environmentalism

July 30, 2018

As a self-proclaimed “social justice warrior”, I am ashamed of how late I arrived to environmentalism.  Growing up in Baltimore, I focused on police brutality, homelessness, and a faulty public education system.  I remember walking down Preston street seeing my community members throwing corner store trash in the road. I saw cigarette butts and soda cans in the alleyways, but I still didn’t make the connection.  How could I not notice the lead poisoning epidemic? Why did I consider sewage overflows and the Chesapeake Bay pollution to be a less important issue?

First Lady Tammy Murphy to Keynote Clean Water Action's 32nd Annual Conference

April 20, 2018

We're getting so excited for our 32nd Annual Conference, Rise Up, Persist & Win, happening next weekend, Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9 am to 5 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ. Don't miss our Keynote Speaker First Lady Tammy Murphy, who also serves as Secretary and charter member of The Climate Reality Action Fund, an organization founded by former Vice-President Al Gore.

Kim Gaddy and Clean Water Action at a Ports Motorcade Rally for Clean Air & Good Jobs. Photo by Jeanette Mitchell

Motorcade Rally to Demand the Port Authority Ensure Clean Air & Good Jobs Now

July 19, 2016

Mayor Baraka at Motorcade Rally. Photo by Jeanette MitchellYesterday, Clean Water Action joined the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to lead a motorcade rally through the port followed by a rally on the steps of City Hall to demand the Port Authority of NY/NJ ensure clean air and good jobs now.

Photo by Kim Gaddy

From Portland, Oregon to Washington DC: Clean Air and Ports that’s the Ticket

February 23, 2016

By Amy Goldsmith, State Director, Clean Water Action. Follow on Twitter.

Solid as a rock

Rooted like a tree

I am here

Standing strong

In my rightful place

Joining the Team to Fight for Maryland

February 23, 2016

I’d like to introduce myself as Clean Water Action’s new Maryland Program Organizer! I started just two weeks ago, and I could not be more excited to work with you to protect clean water and healthy environments in our state.

Testifying for the REDUCE Act

February 17, 2016

As a field manager for Clean Water Action, I’ve crisscrossed the State of Maryland many times, knocking on doors and recruiting citizens to join me in Clean Water Action’s fight to protect our environment.