EPA Head Addresses Disproportionate Impacts on Communities of Color

This morning we kicked off the first major event of Convention, as EPA administrator Lisa Jackson made an appearance to discuss environmental impacts on community health.

The “Health Care is a Social Justice Issue—A True Civil Right” symposium highlighted the NAACP’s role in both civil rights and health care advocacy.

The first African American administrator in EPA history, Ms. Jackson is in a unique position to understand the special ways environmental problems affect communities of color.

“African American communities,” she noted from the podium, “even affluent African American communities are disproportionately affected by the environment every day. We live in the shadow of pollutants. “