Join us in Carson, CA to advance freight and warehouse worker health, safety and power – October 13-14

Graphic adapted from an AFL-CIO poster.  

Are you an organizer in the goods movement industry or do you work as a port or warehouse worker, or as a truck driver? Are you concerned about freight transportation and warehouse worker health and safety?

The Moving Forward Network shares your concerns and invites you to join us at our international conference on October 13-14 in Carson, California, and participate in the Worker and Labor  track, which will focus on the impacts of freight transport, goods movement systems, and related air pollution on workers and the workforce, and how labor unions, organizations, and coalitions are connecting to build power.

 

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Massive warehouse complex threatens public health

Warehouses are not dangerous when built on a reasonable scale.  However, the trend for the past 10-20 years has been for ever-larger warehouse complexes, concentrating truck traffic and diesel exhaust pollution, and often threatening the health of workers and nearby communities.

A warehouse developer in California’s Inland Empire has taken this to previously unthinkable extremes, proposing to build a four square mile warehouse complex that would generate over 14,000 daily heavy duty diesel truck trips, over 50,000 daily automobile trips, and huge quantities of dangerous diesel exhaust pollution.

Accompanying this proposal were over $600,000 in political donations, allegations of corruption, lawsuits, and more more.  

Several Moving Forward Network members are involved in protecting the public from this unhealthy project, including the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, Coalition for Clean Air, and Earthjustice, which have sued to stop the project.

“To bring this much additional traffic without any mitigation to an area with some of the worst air pollution is criminal,” said Penny Newman, executive director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. “Thousands of studies have demonstrated that air pollution harms people, especially children. Strokes, heart disease, asthma and other respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, and even low birth weight and birth defects are linked to air pollution, yet this plan has no mitigation measures in place to address these preventable impacts.”

To learn more check out

Smog or jobs? Massive warehouse means mass pollution, Desert Sun

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Senator Booker Announces The Environmental Justice Act of 2017

Share Tweet Share +1 RedditOn October 23rd U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) was joined by local community leaders and advocates from across New Jersey and the nation in announcing a landmark bill that represents a major step toward eliminating environmental injustice. This Bill would strengthen protections for communities of color, low-income communities and indigenous communities. […]

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Comite Civico Del Valle honored as a Clean Air Hero

Share Tweet Share +1 RedditMoving Forward Network member Comite Civico Del Valle is being honored with a Clean Air Heroes award today by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for their ground-breaking IVAN Air Monitoring Network, which consists of 40 community-based air quality monitors in selected locations across the Imperial Valley. The award will be accepted […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio joins forces with Comité Cívico Del Valle to expand Salton Sea air quality monitoring

Share Tweet Share +1 RedditTo my knowledge, no organization in the U.S. has achieved as much using citizen science as the Brawley, California community and environmental justice group Comité Cívico Del Valle. Comité Cívico, working with a network of academic, governmental, and other partners, has built a community-based air quality monitoring system consisting of 40 […]

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