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Jun 18, 2020

Caring Is Training

Stop the Spread Community Awareness Initiative: Where Caring Meets Training DSCEJ Educates Communities on How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 June 2020   "We are living in a global pandemic of a new and highly infectious virus that is taking the lives of Black people at a rate that is three times higher than White people in this country. We have developed specialized trainings based on science that provide people in vulnerable communities with clear and accurate information on how they can protect their health and stop the spread of COVID-19." Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Over the past four months, as the coronavirus continued to spread across the United States, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. has conducted much needed and informative virtual community awareness trainings, the first of which was held on April 24, 2020. People who attended these training events left armed with the knowledge of practical steps they could take to mitigate against infection in their homes and contagion in various settings, including places of worship, retail shops, construction sites, and package delivery services. Each training, uniquely designed for online delivery, featured interactive elements within a two-hour framework. DSCEJ's team of experts in community health, workplace safety, and disaster response and preparedness designed and conducted the trainings to meet a growing need for accurate and reliable information amidst a sea of misinformation.  Tapping into one of its major strengths, the Center rolled up its sleeves to once again work with community-based organizations to meet the challenge head-on together. As co-sponsors for the series of COVID-19 training sessions, Achieving Community Tasks Successfully, a coalition of community organizations in Houston, Texas; CHESS, founded within the historic community of Africatown in Mobile, Alabama; EEECHO in Gulfport, Mississippi; and Unity in the Family Ministry in Pensacola, each conducted outreach in their respective communities to mobilize and energize neighborhoods, businesses and churches in a concerted effort to help save lives and slow the spread of this highly infectious disease that disproportionately claims the lives of African-Americans.    True to its goal to maintain relationship with affected communities, the Center continued its educational efforts by sending to training attendees weekly updates of COVID-19 health statistics and environmental data for Escambia County, Florida; Harris County, Texas; Harrison County, Mississippi; Mobile County, Alabama; and Orleans Parish, Louisiana.  Each community organization facilitated the wider dissemination of the update information and actively encouraged additional participation in the trainings.   Complete schedule of DSCEJ virtual trainings on COVID-19: April 28, 2020 10:30 am - 11:30 am COVID-19 Community Awareness Training Hosted by HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium May 28, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm COVID-19 Community Awareness Training June 9, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm COVID-19 Community Awareness Training June 23, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm COVID-19 Awareness Training for Faith-Based Organizations June 25, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm COVID-19 Community Awareness Training June 27, 2020 12 noon - 2:00 pm COVID-19 Community Awareness Training July 11, 2020 12 noon - 2:00 pm COVID-19: Essential Worker and Returning Worker Health July 14, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm COVID-19 Awareness Training for Returning Businesses Hosted by New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and Atlanta Black Chambers July 21, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm COVID-19: Essential Worker and Returning Worker Health July 23, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm COVID-19: Essential Worker and Returning Worker Health July 30, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness in the COVID-19 Pandemic Hosted by Unity in the Family Ministry Pensacola, FL     The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice COVID-19 Trainings are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  ...

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Jun 17, 2020

COVID-19 Community Awareness & Disaster Preparedness Trainings

You Must Register to Attend. All Community Awareness and Disaster Preparedness Trainings are conducted by experts in community health, workplace safety, as well as disaster preparedness and response. Funded by: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences   What faith-based organizations can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 Tue, June 23 @ 6-8 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here   Protecting yourself from COVID-19 Thu, June 25 @ 6-8 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here Repeated Sat. June 27 @ 12-2 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here   Hurricane and disaster was preparedness in the COVID-19 pandemic Tue, June 30 @ 5:30-7:30 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here Learn More  ...

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Jun 15, 2020

National Black Environmental Justice Network Relaunch

June 2020 - The National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) was conceived and founded in December of 1999, its inception precipitated by a call to Black leaders from diverse sectors in the United States to stop “Toxic Terror in Black Communities.”  NBEJN delegates came together in New Orleans to organize and mobilize black people to fight environmental racism, map out a research agenda, and develop real strategies and plans to eliminate discriminatory policies and practices and toxic threats that sicken and kill black people. Polluting industries such as toxic waste facilities, high-risk chemical plants, oil refineries, and coal fired power plants have turned many African American and poor communities into “Cancer Alleys” and environmental “sacrifice zones.”   Before environmental justice burst on to the national scene, pollution in black communities and poor neighborhoods was largely ignored by the media, industry, government, and green groups. The environmental justice framework grew out of grassroots community struggles committed to one simple principle; ‘All people and communities are entitled to equal protection under environmental, energy, health, employment, education, housing, transportation, and civil rights laws and regulations.  The Network experienced a major setback in 2006 with the unexpected death of our visionary founding Executive Director Damu Smith.   This “assault on Black America” has created a crisis that is fueled by racism, economic greed and reckless disregard for basic civil and human rights. In keeping with Principle 5 of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice adopted in 1991 at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, “Environmental Justice affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.” As Black people under siege we cannot and must not leave our future in the hands of others to protect. We must lead and we must act now.  The NBEJN is needed to lead during this crisis that threatens our humanity and right to enjoy “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution enjoyed by White America—rights never realized for the first Africans who landed in 1619 more than 400 years ago to the present day.  ...

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Jun 14, 2020

COVID-19 Virtual Training

COVID-19 Virtual Community Awareness Training   You must register to attend. Note: The same training is offered on different dates. Thu., June 25th @ 6:00 pm central To register, Click here. OR Sat., June 27th @ 12:00 noon central To register, Click here. Important Registration Info: Once registered you will receive a confirmation email that includes information on how you can join the selected training. Learn More  ...

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May 1, 2020

Congratulations! 2020 Environmental Career Worker Training Program Graduates!

Congratulations! 2020 Environmental Career Worker Training Program Graduates! May 2020 – Hats off to the recent graduates of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Spring 2020 Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP).  Our New Orleans-based program took place January 21st through March 26th of 2020. An eager group of twenty-five (25) aspiring young men  and women embarked on a new career path, as they chose to take part in our training program consisting of a basic skills curriculum utilizing a work-based learning model and a technical skills training which blends hands-on and classroom learning. We are proud to say that the graduating Class of 2020, consisting of all twenty-five (25) participants, received certificates in forty (40) hours hazardous waste operator, thirty-two (32) hours Asbestos Abatement Worker, sixteen (16) hours Mold Remediation, sixteen (16) hours Lead Abatement Worker, ten (10) hours OSHA General Industry, forty (40) hours Construction, and forty (40) hours Weatherization Installer. Our graduation ceremony is always the highlight of our culminating activities and we wanted to give our graduates in this year’s pandemic environment a similar experience. A virtual ceremony was held where graduates were recognized for significant achievement by their instructors, counselors, and program staff. Kendra A. Graves was named “Best All Around Student" for her excellent performance in all aspects of the training. Another bit of exciting news is that James Kelly, III accepted a permanent position with Battelle CCDS in Columbus, Ohio as a COVID19 Response Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Decontaminator. Battelle uses a Critical Care Decontamination System™ to addresses the current shortage of critical (PPE) across the United States.  This is just one example of the program’s overall success with changing lives and training young men and women in environmental health and safety careers for over twenty-five years. We will as always, continue our job placement efforts to place our remaining graduates into viable and sustainable employment. The next New Orleans ECWTP training will be held in the Spring of 2021. For more information about our training, please visit our website at http://www.dscej.org/our-work/worker-health-and-safety-training and click on Environmental Career Worker Training Program. The Environmental Career Worker Training Program is funded by the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)....

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Apr 30, 2020

The Deadly Racial Disparities of COVID-19 in America

A Terrible Price   Members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club before a funeral procession in New Orleans. Eight weeks after Mardi Gras, eight club members had died of Covid-19. Learn more.      

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Apr 8, 2020

Air pollution could make coronavirus more severe for some

A new national study shows that exposure to toxic air pollution increases the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. "African Americans are more likely to be exposed to air pollution, and more likely to suffer from underlying health conditions that worsen the outcomes of the coronavirus," said Dr. Wright, Executive Director and Founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. Read the article....

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Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19 Added to Occupational Health and Safety Trainings

COVID-19 Added to Occupational Health and Safety Trainings As the world is fighting a deadly pandemic, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. has once again undertaken the task of protecting the people of disenfranchised, underserved environmental justice communities through our Worker Training Programs.  Since April of this year, the Center has provided a COVID-19 component through its Hazardous Waste Worker Training and Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training programs to government agencies and non-profit organizations along the Gulf Coast Region including New Orleans Mosquito Control in New Orleans, LA and Unity in The Family Ministries located in Pensacola, Florida.   Amidst this pandemic, it is vital that essential and returning workers be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves. We at the Center are answering the call to provide COVID-19 awareness training so that they may work and live safely. The main goal of the trainings is to ensure workers are able to conduct their daily job duties safely in the workplace. Understanding that many things we do while at work could spread the disease, our training emphasizes physical distancing, frequently washing hands, and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   In addition, participants were trained on how to properly don (put on) and doff (take off) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  Workers were also instructed as to the proper disposal and maintenance of PPE.  The final fundamental aspect of this training included the decontamination of the equipment and work surfaces.   Training conducted with one of our partner communities in Pensacola, FL and hosted by Unity in The Family Ministries also included HAZWOPER and Disaster Training.   Deep South Center for Environmental Justice COVID-19, HAZWOPER and Disaster trainings are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).      ...

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Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Workers Getting Training to Protect Their Own Health

The National Institutes of Health launched a new website with important educational resources for Coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19. The initiative got underway after Congress passed a supplemental appropriation of $10 million on March 6 “for worker-based training to prevent and reduce exposure of hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers who are at risk of exposure to coronavirus through their work duties.” The law provided a total of $8.3 billion in emergency funding for certain Federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more ...

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Feb 10, 2020

The Equitable & Just National Climate Platform

The Equitable & Just National Climate Platform The Equitable & Just National Climate Platform co-authors released a new video to showcase the platform’s priorities and how we can move towards a just climate future! "We are calling for national climate solutions that are designed and examined through an equity lens.” - Dr. Beverly Wright on the Equitable & Just National Climate Platform. #JustClimateFuture @DSCEJ  ...

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