The communities of Crystal Springs, Columbus, Hattiesburg and now Grenada are in desperate need of people willing to become insistent for the civil rights of poor people. These people are marginalized until election time. The cause is not sexy. The impact may be visible but our government tells us it's not quantifiable.
Now: Environmental Contamination is killing poor people. It's an open dirty secret. ATSDR the agency arm of the CDC which is supposed to prevent this informs the people: "We can find nothing wrong." Shades of Katrina Formaldehyde “are evident in these communities as our governmental agencies treat these communities like mushrooms. EPA is saying:" We don't have enough money to pay attention to your problem." A new office was formed in EPA the National Environmental Justice Program, it sounds good but it's not authorized to do anything. Meanwhile babies are dying in Mississippi, now it's not a real problem as I was told that our babies are expected to die.
The phrase we are looking for is, “That is not acceptable."
What we want as a Coalition of Communities is "open" and "transparent" Government.
We want our dirty environment cleaned up so that our sons and daughters don't die needless deaths.
We simply want EPA and ATSDR to perform their mission.
We don't need EPA and ATSDR to send the token people into our communities for our comfort. We need EPA and ATSDR to send the scientists for our lives.
If the levels you believed were OK and babies are still dying, perhaps, just perhaps you’re "safe" levels need adjusting.