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GreenLatinos Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Desiree Kane

Thu Sep 16 2021 07:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

For  GreenLatinos, and hundreds of activists and partners across the nation,  this Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15), is focused on uplifting,  honoring, remembering, and commending Latino/a/x civil and  environmental people's heroes in the fight for environmental liberation  (liberación ambiental). We envision a healthy and equitable society  where communities of color are liberated from disproportionate  environmental burdens, free to breathe fresh air, drink pure water,  access clean transportation, and enjoy our majestic public lands, ocean,  and waters. We do so while revering the past and the deep relationships  with one another.


GreenLatinos Advocates are pushing on many major fronts and continue  to demand leadership that recognizes a 21st Century conservation effort  centered around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Join our GreenLatinos comunidad and learn how you can link into the fight to defend la Madre Tierra and achieve environmental liberation.


"Congress  is in the midst of negotiating an initial investment on fighting the  climate crisis and the Latino community cannot be left behind. We must  have a robust investment so that all have access to electric vehicles.  This is critical to reducing carbon emissions and fighting the  devastating effects of climate change on the Latino community." - Mark  Magaña, GreenLatinos

GreenLatinos  has bought advertisements in the Politico Transportation Newsletter and  in The Arizona Republic to make sure influencers and elected officials  know we are fighting for equitable access to electric vehicles to lower  carbon transmission and air pollution which disproportionately hurt Latinos.


We welcome sign-ons from INDIVIDUALS who agree with the priorities outlined in this letter seeking to address the Electric Vehicles priorities for Latino/a/x communities and wish to add their names to this message to our congressional leaders.


Read the letter and sign

Build Back Better & Justice40

At the White House: The Build Back Better and #Justice40 initiatives are  important initiatives to exert power within to ensure our communities  have the voice and means to affect positive, self-led change. Mark  Magaña, GreenLatinos' President and CEO, was one of a dozen National Latino organizations invited to meet with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday. The topic of discussion? The administration’s Build Back  Better Agenda and the needs of the Latino community. The meeting also  served to commemorate the second anniversary of the horrific 2019 attack  in El Paso that constituted a mass shooting, hate crime, and act of  domestic terrorism.


Read our asks of the President and Vice President

 

PFAS "Forever Chemicals" in Our Water


GreenLatinos hosted a virtual community roundtable to discuss the Build Back Better agenda and proposed budget package. GreenLatinos advocates Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes and Ean Thomas Tafoya were joined DeeDee Belmares, Climate  Justice Organizer for Public Citizen in San Antonio, TX, and Theresa  Cardenas, Civic Engagement & Policy Manager for New Mexico First,   to discuss provisions of the legislation, the impact they will have on  Latino communities, and what the public can do to advocate for the best  version of this important and far reaching policy.


Per-  and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, are a family of over  5,000 human-made chemicals used in items from toys and personal care  products to firefighting foam and food packaging. PFAS are  indestructible and are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because  of their difficulty to break down.

Learn more by visiting any of our available resources:

GreenLatinos in the News

Consumer Reports - How to Quit Plastic - "With plastic pollution, the tap is overrunning,” says Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes, water equity and ocean program manager at GreenLatinos,  which focuses on environmental, natural resource, and conservation  issues that affect the Latino community in the U.S. “We have to turn off  the tap before we can clean up this mess.”


303 Magazine - New Law Calls For More Environmental Justice in Colorado’s Most Vulnerable Communities - “In  Colorado, frontline communities are bearing the brunt of the climate  crisis. For generations, communities of color and low-income have  experienced the worst air quality, the worst water quality and  disproportionately live on contaminated soil — by no accident.  Landfills, toxic waste treatment facilities and polluting industries are  more likely to be located near communities of color and low income.  This concentration of pollution — compounded by extreme weather (heat  waves and storms) and a lack of resilient community infrastructure,  including healthcare and housing — means that these same communities,  especially segregated rural and workforce communities, end up  disenfranchised and struggling to survive,” wrote Ean Tafoya with GreenLatinos"


Please consider joining the GreenLatinos comunidad and learn how you can link into the fight to defend la Madre Tierra and achieve environmental liberation.

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