Community Engagement & Advocacy

The partnership called "Communiversity" promotes bilateral understanding and mutual respect between community residents and academicians. 

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Health & Safety Training

In response to community interest in creating employment opportunities for residents in cleaning up environmental hazards, the DSCEJ developed and has conducted worker health and safety training since 1995.

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Gulf Equity Consortium

We expect that the work of this project will be transformative and will be guided by the nexus of three basic principles forming the foundation for our work...

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Research and Policy

We develop and manage innovative research and policy studies that build knowledge and inform policies for achieving environmental, climate and economic justice...

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HBCU Climate Change Consortium

The Consortium was conceived to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities to develop HBCU students leaders...

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International Connection

A vital component and ever expanding network of Environmental Justice professionals.

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The Latest

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Texas Southern University have launched a unique collaboration - the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium.

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Navigate NOLA

Navigate NOLA is the social and emotional community wellness division of DSCEJ Inc.

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The Latest

Feb 7, 2019

Inclusion of African Americans a Must for a Green New Deal

We celebrate the efforts led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) to move the United States back in the direction of addressing climate change, and call on lawmakers to confront environmental racism that is at the root of climate change. Seventy-nine percent of African American neighborhoods are polluted by the same smokestacks and vehicle exhaust pipes that warm the planet. Many of the places where African Americans live, work, play, and learn are targeted by polluting industries and heavy traffic transportation routes that contribute to missed school days, emergency room visits, and the United States being one of the largest contributors to greenhouses gases. Indeed, African Americans are also most at risk from climate change, and will have the greatest challenge in surviving and recovering from stronger storms, frequent flood events, and extreme heat waves. Pollution is a potent form of racial oppression on African Americans, who are predominantly located in states that refused to expand Medicare and also sued to undermine Obamacare and the Clean Power Plan. The Green New Deal should be a "We Deal." As Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reminded us: "Our diversity is our strength, but our unity is our power." We are stronger together when people who have the most at stake are part of the decision-making on how we move forward to heal our communities and planet. Contact: Dr. Beverly Wright, Founder & Executive Director Deep South Center for Environmental Justice beverlyw@dscej.org 504-272-0956 Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Texas Southern University drrobertbullard@gmail.com Tina Johnson Deep South Center for Environmental Justice 610-864-9929 tinaj@dscej.org...

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Jan 18, 2019

3 Councilmembers Take Lead to Repeal Approval of Entergy Gas Plant: A Positive Step for New Orleans' Energy Future

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice is committed to an energy future for New Orleans that is shaped by residents through meaningful and effective public participation. To this end, we have opposed a plan by Entergy New Orleans, Inc. to build a gas plant near predominantly African American and Vietnamese American neighborhoods in New Orleans East. The gas plant would continue the pattern of environmental racism by releasing each year more than one million pounds of toxic air pollution near communities of color, increase flood risks, and set back citywide efforts to cut pollution that contributes to climate change. Today, we commend members of the City Council on their announced resolution to “repeal and rescind” prior approval of the proposed    Entergy gas plant. Council members to offer resolution to repeal Entergy power plant, The Lens, Jan. 17, 2019. Dr. Beverly Wright guest op-ed: What Entergy wants versus what New Orleans needs, The Times-Picayune, Mar. 2, 2018.     ...

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Dec 12, 2018

CHESS on the Move

The CHESS (Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable) Community Organization launched in the Fall of 2017 after establishing a partnership with the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium. The mission of CHESS is to strive for a community that is environmentally clean which involves beautifying streetscapes, ensuring that residents live in a healthy environment through innovative community restoration and preserving historic homes and schools to ensure children are well educated, safe with a zero tolerance for crime, and experience a sustained great quality of life.  To accomplish our mission we have implemented projects and trainings to insure we are always working to make things better for the Africatown Community: CHESS has organized quarterly trainings with the HBCU-CBO Gulf Equity Consortium to ensure the CHESS team leaders are equipped with the tools and resources needed to serve the community and that CHESS stays on track towards the accomplishment of its mission. In addition, CHESS meets monthly to discuss its community plan and create new projects when appropriate. The following is a list of activities and events organized by CHESS in 2018: Held quarterly Africatown Community Meetings that have served to educate, inform and bring together the Africatown Community as never before. Sponsored a session where officers from The Mobile Police Department spoke with players from the Africatown Youth Football Program. Created a monthly Africatown News Blog that informs Africatown residents and others about things going on in Africatown. Purchased and installed Tarps to place on homes in Africatown that have leaking roofs. Created tours of Africatown for individuals and organizations that are interested in learning more about the Historic Africatown Community. Started a project together with MEJAC that describes all lots located in Africatown. Started a process that will begin a school /parent/teacher organization, something the Africatown school has not had in several years. Working to implement the Africatown Plan that sets out a unified vision for the long-term revitalization of Africatown, a plan paid for by The City Council and approved by The Mobile Planning Commission.   Monitoring Industry in Africatown to ensure that they are held accountable for toxic emissions spewed into nearby communities. A major sponsor of the annual Africatown "Kids Kite Day". A major sponsor of the annual "Africatown Community Day Celebration". A major sponsor for the first "Africatown Connections Blueway Celebration".    Although CHESS has only been in existence for 14 months, it has established a voice throughout the Africatown Community and the City of Mobile. CHESS together with continued capacity building through the HBCU-CBO Gulf Equity Consortium, expects to be a beacon of hope for the Africatown Community and an example for other underserved communities looking to improve their quality of life today and in the future.   By Joe Womack President of CHESS  ...

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