Environmental Justice Task Force: A revolution of People Power has Sparked in South Baltimore
Notwithstanding the distractions of a Raven’s football game last Thursday, Progressive Maryland’s Environmental Justice Task Force witnessed a packed house of over 50 South Baltimore community members in attendance at the EJTF public forum.
With the support of our ally CASA, the event was bilingual. As time went on, the room became tight as attendees from 10 Baltimore-based organizations joined the forum at Enoch Pratt Library Brooklyn Branch: Greater Baybrook Alliance, Baltimore Compost Collective, Filbert St Garden, CoalFreeCurisBay, Citizen Science students, Locust Point Community Garden,CASA, Sierra Club Greater Baltimore, DMV IPL, and Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.
This was a dream come true for SirJames and the EJTF. As community members shared their vivifying truth about the monstrosity of living near a toxic incinerator, a sense of freedom was felt in the room. Meanwhile, Senay Emmanuel, Progressive Maryland’s Climate Policy Analyst, gave a jaw-dropping presentation on the Baltimore Incinerator that included other polluting industries, ranking Baltimore City as having some of the highest asthma rates in the country. Senator Ferguson’s District Director, Tyler McCurdy, was also in attendance to listen to the concerns of community members.
A revolution of people-power has invigorated South Baltimore and has set the tone for policy reform in the upcoming 2024 Maryland Legislative Session. To watch the EJTF forum, click here. A special thanks goes out to Progressive Maryland's Communications team, staff, Senay Emmanuel, EJTF members, Gabriela Roque, CASA's Climate Training Manager, and Marvin Hayes with Baltimore Compost Collective. Give yourself a round of applause for making it happen for our community members in South Baltimore. The EJTF wishes everyone a safe and jubilant Thanksgiving holiday—gobble, gobble!
If you live in Cherry Hill and would like your food scraps collected, reach out to Marvin Hayes here.