Environmental Justice

In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks

January 01, 2020

In depth investigation from the New York Times about the environmental impacts of industry on neighborhoods and the connection to covid-19 severity and mortality.

The Guardian discusses new cuts to the EPA targeting the environmental justice program

January 01, 2020

New cuts to the EPA will disproportionately impact communities of color and low income communities.

Air Quality

February 21, 2017

Eastside Portland Air Coalition (EPAC) is a grassroots organization that works to strengthen DEQ regulations around industrial emissions and air pollution statewide. 

South Portland Air Quality (SPAQ) is a collective of neighbors and community members working to decrease industrial air, soil and water pollution in SE neighborhoods effected by industrial polluters such as Precision Castparts Corp. and McClure Industries Inc.

Neighbors for Clean Air are working to reduce air pollution such as diesel particulate matter and industrial pollutants.

Portland Clean Air is a registered Oregon Political Action Committee and 501(c)(3) working to address industrial pollution in Multnomah and Washington Counties. Their website has several pollution reports addressing issues such as wood smoke and lead and asbestos from home demolitions.

350PDX article about PPS Climate Justice Resolution

February 11, 2017

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About 

The Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee works to highlight social justice issues and their relevance to our profession. We organize in solidarity with other unions and community groups around common causes. We provide opportunities for members to connect with each other in order to educate, agitate and organize.

If you are interested in joining SJCO, see our calendar for the next meeting.

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