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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Environmental Justice Small Grant Program to emphasize the need to address Climate Change in Environmental Justice Communities.

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income when it comes to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies. Meaningful involvement means that all people have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may affect their environment and/or health and Influence the regulatory agency's decision. Meaningful involvement also means that the concerns of the people will be considered in the decision making process and that the decision makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected.

The environmental justice movement started in urban and rural communities populated by blacks, the poor and people of color, who sought to address the  lack of environmental protection in their communities. Grounded in the struggles of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement, this movement continues to sound the alarm about  public health dangers to these families, their communities and themselves. The Philadelphia Front Page News, a community sponsored online news exchange is committed to sounding these alarms loud and clear. with the FPN Environmental News Videos  which post continuously  to the site, demonstrating the commitment of its volunteer staff to bringing its readers the most up to date information possible  along with the resources and tools the community  needs to influence the decision makers.

The EPA has been providing small environmental justice grants for the past 15 years.  The goal of the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) is to support and empower environmental justice communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. They have recently released the Application Guidance(43 pp, 528K) for FY2010. This year's EJSG program focuses on  the need to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change in communities with environmental justice concerns.  The EPA EJ Small Grants Program is a national program with total funding available for the 2010FY at $1,000,000.  EPA anticipates awarding approximately 40 grants in the amount of $25,000 each.

Those wishing to appy for funding are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the EJSG Program. The following are the conference call dates and times. Please call or send an e-mail to Sheila Lewis at and provide the following information:
your name; the name of your organization; the address of your organization; your phone number; and the preferred date for the call.
Time (EST)
December 3, 2009
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
December 17, 2009
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia Front Page News is committed to bringing you the latest on Environmental Justice.

For more information on Environmental Justice visit:

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
A Federal committee providing recommendations to EPA on environmental justice matters

Meetings | Recommendations | Subcommittees

Environmental Justice Grants
Providing financial assistance to for projects to address local environmental concerns

Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (IWG)
Various Federal agencies and White House offices working to integrate environmental justice into its individual programs

Environmental Justice Achievement Awards
Recognizing the achievements of organizations that undertake environmental justice initiatives which make a positive impact in the community.

Environmental Justice | Compliance and Enforcement | US EPA

12 min video featuring Asa Gordon on MAP Civil Action "Democratizing the Electoral College"

Political Prisoners

August 2, 2007--Imam Jamil Al-Amin has been moved to federal custody!

Correspondence with the commissioner should be put on hold for now, updates will be announced as they occur

Please keep the Imam and his family in your thoughts and prayers

Read the details on his transfer

(the former H. Rap Brown)
547 West End Pl. SW
ATLANTA, GA. 30310

Real killer confesses--again--to the killing of Kinchen--Atlanta deputy sheriff for whose shooting death Imam Jamil was convicted and sentenced to life in prison! The State refuses to consider his confession, while continuing to keep Imam Jamil wrongfully imprisoned and isolated.




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