KRON 4: Activists, parents concerned about high lead levels in Oakland school water

November 1, 2017.

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OAKLAND (KRON) — New tests have revealed that high levels of lead have been detected in several Bay Area schools’ water.This time, seven schools have tested higher than federal regulations allow.

In a news conference on Wednesday, a local organization is calling for someone to deal with this serious situation.

Crocker Highlands was one of 50 schools recently tested in the Oakland Unified School District. “And that’s certainly a start, but this isn’t enough,” CALPIRG Public Health Advocate Jason Pfeifle said.

Calling on the Oakland Unified School District to step in and immediately take action, the group of activists, parents, doctors and a school board member addressed the recent test results revealing seven schools in the district showed higher levels than allowed by federal standards.

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SFGATE: Oakland parents, activists call on schools to get lead out of water

By Jill Tucker, for SF Gate. November 1, 2017

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Oakland parents and community activists called on school officials Wednesday (November 1) to adopt a policy that ensures students have access to safe drinking water, an outcry spurred by test results showing faucets at seven school sites had high levels of lead.

“We’re talking about the water in schools being dangerous to our kids,” said Vien Truong, CEO of The Dream Corps / Green For All, and an Oakland mother whose child is in kindergarten. “Our families already have too much to worry about — they shouldn’t have to fear drinking water at schools.”

School board member Roseann Torres said she expects the panel to vote before the end of the year on setting testing requirements and possibly reducing allowable lead levels in school drinking water.

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Green For All heads to West Virginia to protect clean air

Green For All's Kim Noble travelled to Charleston, West Virginia this week, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a 2-day public hearing on its proposal to repeal The Clean Power Plan.

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The Trump Administration believes that power plants should be allowed to pollute our communities as much as they want without repercussions. Through an executive order, Donald Trump directed the EPA to take steps to roll back The Clean Power Plan -- the only federal protection we have that limits power plant pollution. But it's not that easy.

We can stand up and speak out to stop this from happening. Our health should come first. And our communities can't afford to keep sending kids and seniors to the hospital with breathing problems, or pay the increasing cost of asthma medication simply because no one is holding big polluters accountable. These are health problems we can prevent.

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt put forth a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, per Trump's directive. Now, it's time for us all to speak up. 

Hear from two women Kim met at the hearing: 

Debbie Sims from Cincinnati, Ohio:
Danielle Walker from West Virginia:

TAKE ACTION 

We know most people can't travel to Charleston to testify. That's why we created a page where you can submit your own  public comment here: greenforall.org/cleanpowerplan

The EPA is taking public comments on the proposal now through January 16, 2018. We will make sure to deliver your comments directly to the EPA.  

Together we can and we will make sure that the Clean Power Plan moves forward, and our communities can breathe clean air. Thanks for doing your part. 


Kerene Tayloe breaks down proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan

Green For All's policy director, Kerene Tayloe, joined Young People For for a real conversation about what the Trump Administration's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan means for families. 

Listen in, then take action!

The U.S. EPA is taking public comments now through January 16, 2018 on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. We need you to speak out for clean air for all.

Submit your public comments supporting the Clean Power Plan here: greenforall.org/cleanpowerplan

 

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ATTN: New mini-series features moms on the frontlines of pollution

Green For All released a new mini-series in partnership with Attn:, featuring the stories of women who are raising their families on the frontlines of pollution. These moms are mobilizing to fight for clean air and water all across America. 

Recently, the Trump Administration has tried to roll back every major clean air and water protection we have. Hear their stories on why this matters and what their fight is all about. Then take action. 

From Oakland:

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To Flint:
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To Las Vegas:

 

TAKE ACTION 

Here’s 3 things you can do to help:

1) Submit a public comment to support the Clean Power Plan, which would curb pollution from power plants like the one near Jacob’s school in Las Vegas (and around the country): http://greenforall.org/cleanpowerplan

2) Call Congress to protect U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding from getting cut so we can hold them accountable to do their job! Much of EPA's money gets re-granted to states for things like water infrastructure. Call 202-335-1787

3) Ask your state Governor to use VW settlement money to transition dirty diesel buses to clean zero emission buses. Sign the petition here


A Coalition of Angry Moms Want Congress to Fix the EPA

Moms from the environmental activism arm of Van Jones' Dream Corps mobilized for climate justice in D.C.

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NOW THIS: This Flint mom warns us what could happen with a bare bones EPA

According to this Flint mom, Flint is a shiny example of what could happen to American people in any city with a bare bones EPA. Hear what she has to say about proposed funding cuts. Then join her in the fight against EPA budget cuts at: greenforall.org/notonourwatch

 


The 51 U.S. Senators Who Voted for a Budget that Could Send More Kids to Hospitals

OCTOBER 18, 2017 -- Today in Washington D.C., the U.S. Senate voted to pass a budget proposal that would slash funding for critical environmental protections, open up drilling in the Arctic, and in summary, put people's health and well-being at risk. Gutting funding for clean air and water protection programs puts Americans at serious risk. One Flint mom, Melissa Mays, warned earlier this month that a bare bones Environmental Protection Agency could leave cities across America susceptible to becoming the next #FlintWaterCrisis.  

So... who are the 51 Senators who voted for this #DirtyBudget that could send kids and our elders to the hospital? See below.

There's still time to introduce an amendment to protect EPA funding. 

  • Ask all Senators to step up and protect our right to clean air & water by introducing an amendment to #ProtectEPA funding. Use #AFutureToFightFor.

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Vien Truong shares her powerful story in Green For All mini-documentary series

Green For All director Vien Truong travelled the country this summer to talk to moms raising their kids on the frontlines of pollution in America. But first, hear her own story about being raised in Oakland, CA in the 80s and raising her twin toddlers there now, in the city that she loves.  

The truth is, pollution is rampant in low-income neighborhoods and in communities of color all across the country. Due to their proximity to the dirtiest sources of pollution like power plants and busy freeways and highways, these communities have higher rates of asthma and pollution-related disease, including cancer. And in the midst of all of this, the Trump Administration wants to cut funding for environmental protections by nearly ONE THIRD. 

Sign our petition to protect critical funding for clean air, clean water, and a safe environment today. 

Everyone has a story. What's yours? Share it with Green For All at info@greenforall.org. Use subject line "My Story - YOUR NAME."


ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA AWARDS: Van Jones presents award to Russell Simmons for green activism

On September 23rd in Los Angeles, Hollywood filmmakers, producers and celebrities came together to celebrate the industry elite who are helping to bring environmental issues to mass culture. Green For All's co-founder Van Jones, director Vien Truong, and deputy director Michelle Romero, were honored to be there to support our friends at the Environmental Media Association. This was EMA's 27th award show dedicated to highlighting the industry's efforts on environmental issues, and it was tremendous.

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Pictured above: LEFT - Michelle Romero, Van Jones, Vien Truong; MIDDLE - Vien Truong, Nikki Reed, Carter Oosterhouse, Amy Smart, Michelle Romero; RIGHT - Michelle Romero, Natalie Portman, Vien Truong

With Jaden Smith hosting, and our friend Mary Ann Hitt of the Sierra Club opening the evening, things were off to a great start. The 2017 honorees included Natalie PortmanRussell SimmonsJohn Paul DeJoria and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

And of course, Van was honored to present the award to Russell Simmons, a man who -- among his many great contributions to culture and social issues -- supported Green For All's #FixThePipes campaign earlier this year, to help raise money for families in Flint who are still suffering from the #FlintWaterCrisis. Watch now:

 

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