A Framework for Civil Rights, Environmental Justice, Health Equity & Public Engagement

Mark Magaña, Xavier Morales & Robert García[1]

Civil rights, environmental justice, and health equity laws and policies provide a framework to promote equal access to publicly funded resources, and to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, income, gender, disability, and other factors. The framework is reflected in The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee Report Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017). The report recommends education, organizing, compliance, and enforcement related to civil rights laws and strategies. Civil rights approaches can mitigate negative effects of discrimination, and guard against unjustified discriminatory impacts that affect health equity, environmental justice, and community resilience.  The report is one of the five most downloaded reports out of 323 the National Academies released in 2017.


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Trump Administration’s FAKE National Emergency Declaration on the Southern Border


On February 21st, Congress passed an omnibus package to fund the six government agencies week to avoid a government shutdown. This bill included $1.37 Billion dollars for a Border Wall as well as additional funding to DHS for detention beds.

On February 23rd, President Trump declared a National Emergency at the Southern Border. This “fake emergency” comes after a failed attempt by President Trump to force Congress to allocate more than $5 billion dollars for the construction of  his immoral and xenophobic border wall in the last spending bill.

On Tuesday, February 26th the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval that seeks to block President Trump’s manufactured national emergency declaration at the southern border.

The Senate has 18 days to take up a vote on this Resolution of Disapproval. A simple majority (51-49) is needed to passed the resolution of disapproval. Advocates are working to get at least 4 Republicans to join Democrats in passing this resolution.



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