All people have the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. But, for too many, these rights are still unrealized. Systemic barriers, including redlining, intentional disinvestment, and unregulated pollution, have had devastating impacts on communities of color and low-income communities. These injustices, and the cumulative, magnifying impacts of housing, economic, education, health care, and other injustices, mean that millions in America have been ignored by our government for generations. That is why we need comprehensive environmental justice legislation.
SOLUTION: The WE ACT Federal Policy Office in Washington, D.C. has played an integral role in the development of the Environmental Justice for All Act, which will a address long-standing environmental justice issues. Co-leads of the Environmental Justice for all Act, Ranking Member Raul Grijalva, Representative Barbara Lee, Senator Cory Booker and Senator Tammy Duckworth honored the legacy of one of the co-leads of the initial act by renaming the legislation the A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act.
The Environmental Justice for All Act would apply a cumulative impact approach to federal decision-making that increases community engagement and allows for disproportionate environmental burdens to be tried as Civil Rights violations.