Posted inAir Pollution, Environmental Justice, Partner Content

23 States Ask EPA to Halt Civil Rights Rules Regulating Pollution

Echoing arguments similar to those used by the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court striking down affirmative action, Republican attorneys general from 23 states petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week to stop taking race into account when regulating pollution. The petition, authored by the office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, was filed […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice

The Black-Led Movement to Stop ‘New Cancer Alleys’ From Being Built in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — Weeks before Mardi Gras, hundreds two-stepped and wobbled to the beat of a full jazz ensemble through the city’s historic French Quarter. Mixed among them were signs reading “Resist The Fossil Fuel Death Cycle” and “No More Blood For Oil And Gas.” Climate and environmental activists gathered to protest Louisiana’s newfound designation […]

Posted inClimate Change, Environmental Justice

Black Louisianans Grapple With a Climate Change-Denying Governor-Elect

Every 100 minutes, a football field-sized piece of Louisianan land is swallowed by rising seas. But the state, the second-Blackest in America, recently elected a governor who says that climate change is a “hoax.” Just a year removed from Louisiana’s release of its first climate action plan, Black activists fear that Republican Gov.-elect Jeff Landry […]

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In Communities of Color, Most Oil and Gas Jobs Still Go to White Workers

This story was produced by Floodlight, a nonprofit investigative newsroom focused on climate accountability. There’s an unspoken promise when an industry moves into any community: We will disrupt your lives, but in exchange we will provide good-paying jobs. Except, according to new research shared exclusively with Floodlight, in Louisiana’s majority-Black communities in the area known as […]

Posted inCulture, History, Partner Content

Louisiana sisters fight to protect their community’s health and enslaved ancestors’ history

Originally published by The 19th We're telling the untold stories of women, women of color and LGBTQ+ people. Sign up for our daily newsletter. WALLACE, La.— There are only a handful of homes situated on Alexis Court, but there are a whole lot of memories. At one end of the short street, facing the Mississippi […]

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Chemical Plants Destroyed These Black Towns. The EPA Hopes New Regulations Will Help.

As the Environmental Protection Agency moves to curb the amount of cancer-causing pollution spewed out by 218 of the country’s largest oil and chemical plants, environmental leaders and Black residents in some Southern states say the proposal doesn’t go far enough. Roughly two-thirds of these plants are sprinkled across Texas and Louisiana, where many of […]