EPA cuts will have disproportionate impact on communities of color // Richmond Free Press

March 31, 2017
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In response to the Koch brothers’ blatant attack on Virginia’s minority communities, Congressman A. Donald McEachin, who represents Virginia’s 4th Congressional District, hosted an environmental justice roundtable where constituents expressed their concerns about the injustices faced by minorities in surrounding cities. The event was held in Petersburg last month and brought together environmental advocates and leaders of faith communities.

At the event, Rep. McEachin stated that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by bad public policy. Ministers in attendance suggested drafting an overall stewardship plan and left excited to bring the conversation to their congregations.

Moving forward, Rep. McEachin plans to replicate a similar response roundtable event in Hampton Roads — an area second to New Orleans most vulnerable to relative sea level rise in the country.

As we move into an era where the future of public health and environmental protections remain uncertain, it is imperative that we stand together. Virginia’s representatives have made it clear that they will not put up with these unjust actions toward Virginia’s communities.

We thank Congressman McEachin for his response to the Koch brothers’ attempt at befriending the communities they invest directly against. The next four years will present many socioeconomic challenges, but with trusted leadership in Washington and public rejection of these exploitative campaigns, we might stand a chance against the industries that currently have major influence over public policy.