Don’t Mourn, Organize: Power and Passion for Environmental Justice and Democracy

Somewhere in a typical American city, a woman wakes up to the noxious odors of a nearby sewage treatment plant. Her daughter carries a rescue inhaler to school. Like hundreds of her neighbors, this woman is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Women and men from vulnerable communities everywhere are rising up to gain equal access to clean water and air, equal environmental enforcement and protection, and equitable land use and planning. Impassioned community organizers Mary Gonzales and Peggy Shepard show us all how successful environmental justice campaigns across the U.S. are raising the voices of people of color and low-income communities and creating a better world for everyone.

To learn more about Mary Gonzales’ work, please visit The Gamaliel Foundation website. For more on Peggy Shepard’s work, visit the We Act for Environmental Justice website.

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