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Preventing Asthma: Searching “Upstream” for the Evidence

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Felix Aguilar, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA

The buzzing sound of a hand-held nebulizer has become background noise at my clinic. It sounds like a hive of bees moving noisily. Everyday children and adults in South Los Angeles get asthma treatments at community clinics because of exacerbations, also known as asthma attacks. I am a family physician with over a decade of work at community clinics in the poorest areas of Los Angeles. Read More

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We All Have Something to Contribute: Environmental Justice and the Importance of Place

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Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

I have been a public health nurse for over 35 years! When I say it like that, sometimes I feel and know that I am getting old, very old. But it also makes me realize that I have accumulated a vast amount of experience and expertise, particularly when it comes to the community’s perspective on their health and environment and their resulting needs towards achieving a healthy community. Read More

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Toward Science-Based Children’s Environmental Health Policies

Imagine a world where all children grow up playing, learning, and dreaming in communities free from violence, racism, poverty, hunger, life trauma, and poisons that limit their potential. Imagine their health and safety encompassing physical, mental, and social well-being—not just the absence of disease. Read More

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Engaging Scientists in Environmental Justice Communities

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Juan Reynosa
Environmental Justice Organizer, SouthWest Organizing Project

Albuquerque, NM

The environmental movement in this country went through a major culture shift in the 1980s, when organizers of color expanded their vision and redefined their goals. Many communities of color felt that the environmental movement prioritized wildlife conservation over the protection of low-income communities, which usually experience the brunt of environmental injustices. Read More

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Will Climate Change Embolden the Environmental Justice Movement?

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Ramin Skibba, Assistant Project Scientist
Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego

San Diego, California

We are at an historic anniversary: the Civil Rights Act was enacted fifty years ago on July 2nd 1964. According to the legislation, all persons “shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of…any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination” based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Read More

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Environmental Justice Must be a Part of Obama’s Climate Action Plan

There’s a lot to like in President Obama’s climate action plan. It commits his administration to some important steps forward on addressing the challenge of climate change, both by lowering U.S. carbon emissions and by helping build resilience to climate impacts. But there’s one glaring omission that needs to be rectified as the plan goes into implementation: it needs to include environmental justice and equity concerns for low-income communities and communities of color. Read More

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The Science and Democracy Connections of Chemical Safety, Trade Agreements and Money in Politics

Leading the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS gives me a great opportunity to look for connections between events that sometimes may seem separate. Over the past few months I have watched with dismay and sadness as two explosions at large industrial plants tragically took lives and injured workers, nearby residents and first responders. I had an opportunity to visit the west Louisville, KY community of Rubbertown, where industrial facilities are located surrounded by residences. There too, tragedy has struck, as accidents and chronic impacts from the plants have impacted generations of residents. Read More

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Another Price of Oil

The Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California — one of the largest in the country — had an explosion and serious fire on August 6 that spewed toxic black smoke across the sky. News reports indicate that more than 4,000 area residents sought medical treatment, primarily for respiratory ailments including chest pain and problems breathing, related to the fire. Read More

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