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NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Clackamas County

Sen. Jeff Merkley to hold town hall in Clackamas County, May 30 ...

NAACP Monthly Meeting Notice, May 27, Portland

NAACP Portland invites the community to its monthly general membership meeting ...

Photos: Fundraiser for Sunshine Division's Assistance Programs

Under the Stars fundraiser took place on May 18 at the Melody Grand Ballroom ...

Portland Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Second annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk returns this June ...

Governor Kate Brown Signs Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights

Current and former foster youth advocated for policy to maintain critical sibling relationships ...

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Ensuring the Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The preservation of Thurgood Marshall's legacy is dependent upon our dedication to our children ...

CFPB Sues Ocwen Financial over Unfair Mortgage Practices

What many homeowners soon discover is that faithfully paying a monthly mortgage is in some cases, just not enough ...

B-CU Grads Protest Betsy “DeVoid” in Epic Fashion

Julianne Malveaux says that Betsy “DeVoid,” is no Mary McLeod Bethune ...

NAACP on Supreme Court's Decline to Review NC Voter ID Law

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made the following remarks ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released the Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda or EJ 2020, EPA’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. EJ 2020 will further integrate environmental justice considerations in all EPA programs, strengthen EPA’s collaboration with partners, and demonstrate progress on environmental challenges facing minority and low-income communities.

The EJ 2020 Action Agenda has three overarching goals: deepen environmental justice practice within EPA programs to improve the health and environment of overburdened communities; work with partners to expand EPA’s positive impact within overburdened communities; and demonstrate progress on national environmental justice challenges.

EPA’s environmental justice work with Pacific Northwest and Alaska communities includes:

El Centro de la Raza, Seattle

EPA is supporting Seattle-based El Centro de la Raza’s “Beacon Hill Environmental Health Collaboration” project to reduce air and noise pollution in the Beacon Hill neighborhood with an Environmental Justice Collaborative Agreement and Problem-Solving grant.

Alaskan Native Villages

EPA is providing assistance to help three Alaska Native Villages address imminent and future risk from climate change impacts on their communities: Newtok is in the process of moving to a new location, Shishmaref is in the process of planning for relocation, and Shaktoolik is adapting in place.

Nampa, Idaho

EPA is providing support for the City of Nampa’s clean water efforts to reduce stormwater pollution through public education and outreach to the largely Hispanic and Latino populations that live around Indian Creek.

Portland, Oregon

EPA is working with Portland to provide support for equitable development, air quality improvement, brownfields cleanup and revitalization and engaging local government, academic institutions and community-based organizations to support communities with environmental justice concerns. 

Bremerton, Washington

EPA is working with the City of Bremerton to ensure environmentally sustainable economic development, help address urban blight in the downtown core by transforming a contaminated vacant property into an asset for the community, and supporting climate risk, sustainability and Superfund assessments. 

Washington Tribes

EPA is working with tribes in the Pacific Northwest to reduce childhood asthma and improve residential indoor air quality and help develop infrastructure and capacity to deliver in-home asthma care for native children.

Earlier this year, EPA released the draft plan for public comment, conducted over a hundred meetings across the country, and received thousands of comments from stakeholders and communities working on environmental justice. EPA will continue working with environmental justice stakeholders and government partners to implement the plan.

Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA's goal is to ensure all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment.

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