Residents of Vallejo, California have banded together as Fresh Air Vallejo to fight a cement plant and private bulk marine terminal proposed for San Francisco Bay. The terminal was secretly planned by several city commissioners and others, and threatens to unleash an “environmental nightmare.”
Wisely, they are talking with the folks in Oakland who won the battle against a similar bulk terminal in their city, including Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP). Ms. Gordon is the keynote speaker for their environmental justice town hall, “From the Cradle to the Grave — The Impact of Environmental Racism on Communities of Color, on September 30 in Vallejo.
“Environmental justice means that communities of color can break the cycle of heavy industry and pollution being dumped into their neighborhood. This event will help empower South Vallejo residents to stand up and take action on decisions made in our city.” (Peter Brooks, president of FAV)
To learn more about the issues and the town hall meeting, please visit the Fresh Air Vallejo web site, or check out the news articles below.