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Occupyforum presents… Report from the Frontlines: Bayview: environmental racism

Date:
Monday, October 05, 2015
Time:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Teach-In
Organizer/Author:
Ruthie
Location Details:
Local 2
215 Golden Gate near Leavenworth 94102/ Civic /Center BART


Occupyforum presents…

Report from the Frontlines:
The fight against environmental racism and injustice, climate change, and gentrification in Bayview Hunters Point

With Marie Harrison and Bradley Angel (Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice)
and Dr. Ray Tompkins, (Clean Air Health Alliance)


Bayview/Hunters Point has historically served as an industrial dumping ground and suffers from a shockingly high degree of environmental degradation. This predominately low to very-low income community suffers from chronic health problems as a direct result of the toxic environment. Within BVHP, residents experience among the highest rates of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, asthma and respiratory illnesses in California.

Environmental Racism refers to the institutional rules, regulations, policies or government and/or corporate decisions that deliberately target certain communities for locally undesirable land uses and lax enforcement of zoning and environmental laws, resulting in communities being disproportionately exposed to toxic and hazardous waste based upon race. Environmental racism is caused by several factors, including intentional neglect, the alleged need for a receptacle for pollutants in urban areas, and a lack of institutional power and low land values of people of color. It is a well-documented fact that communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by polluting industries (and very specifically, hazardous waste facilities) and lax regulation of these industries.

Come to OccupyForum to hear updates and discussion about the Bayview including:

• Toxic and radioactive contamination and gentrification;

• New information on incorrect government air quality monitoring; and new community monitoring – and October 6th 2 pm meeting of San Francisco Health Commission at 25 Van Ness, Room 338;

• The new Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Task Force and how it is helping residents file pollution complaints and hold industry and government accountable;

• Impacts of climate change and sea level rise;

• Proposal from Greenaction for an action this fall targeting the notorious developer/gentrifier Lennar Corporation, and government, on these issues of pollution, climate change and gentrification.

http://www.ejnet.org/ej/principles.html

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.
Wheelchair accessible, ride shares announced.
Donations to occupy forum to cover costs are encouraged; No one turned away!
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