For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Frontline Communities Rally at EPA Headquarters In Washington to Defend Climate Progress
Responding to executive orders undermining climate protections, and proposed EPA budget cuts, leaders from frontline communities gathered to defend climate progress
WASHINGTON, DC--Today, Green For All and its labor and community partners organized an emergency lunchtime rally at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in opposition to Trump’s disastrous, anti-climate agenda that rolls back climate protection rules and guts clean air and water protections. Joined by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), Jared Polis (D-Co), and Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), the protest also highlighted reports of proposed catastrophic budget cuts to the EPA and pushed back against attacks on EPA employees and the programmatic and scientific integrity of the work they do.
“These executive orders are intended to rip apart the progress we have made for communities on the frontlines of climate change. And these planned budget cuts, if Congress allows them to stand, will do even more damage to communities that already endure the worst effects of pollution. Rather than creating jobs, or doing the work it takes rebuild frontline communities, Trump’s executive actions will ensure corporations reap the benefits while families pay the price,” Green For All Executive Director Vien Truong declared.
Frontline communities and workers expressed deep concerns about proposed EPA budget cuts, which signal an attack on clean air and clean water safeguards put in place to rectify the economic, environmental and health damages caused by climate change.
Speakers at the rally represented communities impacted by Trump’s corporate polluter agenda and the unions that represent the public servants who do the difficult and incredibly important job of protecting all of us from air and water and chemical pollution, and from climate change, including Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters; Nate James, President, AFGE Local 3331; Diane Lynne, President, NTEU Chapter 280, among others.
Prior to the rally, rally organizers and community leaders asked supporters unable to attend to call their Senators and demand a clear stance to defend climate action and the EPA from further Trump attacks. Furthermore, Green For All encouraged participants and those who couldn’t attend to join climate groups for the upcoming People's Climate March on April 29, 2017.
Green For All is a climate and economic justice organization working at the intersection of poverty and pollution to create an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is an initiative of The Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator for transformative campaigns, ideas and innovations.