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East Boston y energía: Una comunidad de justicia ambiental en transición

John Walkey

En inglés

Este es el primero de una serie de cuatro blogs sobre East Boston, una Controvertida Subestación Eléctrica y las Oportunidades para una Transición a Energía Limpia

Bienvenidas/os a Eastie

De todos los vecindarios de Boston, East Boston literalmente tiene una diferencia única: está físicamente separado del resto de la ciudad por el puerto de Boston. Aunque originalmente era un grupo de pequeñas islas, eventualmente se fusionó en un solo terreno al conectar su costa norte a tierra firme a través de rellenos de tierra y un proceso de desarrollo a finales del siglo diecinueve. El carácter de East Boston ha sido definido por su zona costera en dos formas principales: las industrias que han prosperado a lo largo de sus embarcaderos, y los inmigrantes que pasaron de los muelles a vivir en las apretujadas cuadras de edificios de tres pisos (o triple-deckers) del vecindario. Ahora en el siglo veintiuno, el cambio está repercutiendo a lo largo de esta comunidad costera.

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John Walkey
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library.
John Walkey
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Indigenous People of Louisiana and the Oil Industry: An Ishak Reflection

Jeffery U. Darensbourg, freelance writer, speaker, and editor

While doing field research in 2018 for a book, I took a boat to a shell midden in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, near where the Vermilion River – long home to my ancestors of various sorts – meets up with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway before spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. My people, the Ishak, also known as the Atakapa (or even the Atakapa-Ishak) once inhabited the nearby Onion Bayou. Our ancient midden is bisected by a ship channel known as Four Mile Cutoff.

Standing there, I watched ships ferrying workers and equipment for oil exploration, going straight through the middle of this remnant of our cultural legacy. In our tribal creation myth, the first Ishak walked out of that very gulf onto our lands. Now something else coming from there is a dominant cultural, environmental, and economic force.

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Scientist-Community Advocacy: My Journey and My Advice for You

Dr. Monica E. Unseld, Ph.D, MPH

As a grad student, I struggled to find my place. I knew I could transform the world through academia or industry, but I wasn’t convinced those were my only options.

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Particulate matter (PM) is extremely diverse, and comes from many sources. It ranges in sizes from a few nanometers to a few microns, both of which are far smaller than anything seen by the naked eye. Source: EPA

Particulate Matter Air Pollution: Here’s Why The Facts Matter

Rick Peltier, associate professor

Extra deaths in the US caused by particulate matter are in the range of 30,000-80,000 per year. That’s more deaths per year than from car accidents and gun deaths combined. Read more >

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In May 2017, Ben marches with fellow Graduate Students at the University of Chicago for union recognition. Photo: Claudio Gonzáles

Our Next Generation of Scientists, Exploited

Dr. Ben Zalisko

Our federal labor laws have a loophole: If you can get away with characterizing your employees as “students”, you don’t have to respect their right to unionize. Research institutions have been doing this to prevent graduate student workers, who are paid to teach and perform research for their institution, from forming an effective labor union. It’s a neat trick; could a “Walmart University” be on the horizon? Read more >

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