Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Extreme Weather

FEMA Sent Disaster Relief to Fort Myers’ Black Neighborhoods. Where Is It?

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Volunteers tossed cases of water off the back of a truck from Tennessee outside of First Assembly Cornerstone Church. Inside, a group of women filled to-go containers with macaroni and cheese, pulled pork, sandwich buns, and corn. It had been a week since Hurricane Ian devastated this Gulf Coast city, uprooting decades-old […]

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In Fort Myers, Black Residents Fear Hurricane Aid Will Bypass Their Neighborhoods

Editor’s note: Following Capital B’s story, Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Jaclyn Rothenberg tweeted on October 3 that the agency is providing resources to the Dunbar neighborhood. “We are aware of the needs in Dunbar and sent teams to the area yesterday. Our @FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams are going door to door again today […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Water Quality

Jackson’s Not Alone. Water Crises Are Plaguing Black Communities Nationwide.

JACKSON, Miss. — The historic floods that washed across southern Louisiana in 2016 left Joyce Turner Keller’s home so damaged she was forced to sleep in her car. The Baton Rouge native had no flood insurance to recover the belongings she lost in the floodwaters. Government officials were slow to respond as she struggled with […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice, Land Pollution

Across the Midwest, Counties Are Building New Jails on Toxic Land

This story was published in partnership with Truthout. Nestled in Cleveland’s Industrial Valley, the intersection of Transport Road and Rockefeller Avenue holds the story of the city’s toxic past — and potentially poisonous future. Once the home of a massive oil refinery, the plot is now the potential new home of a $700 million jail […]

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Jackson’s Running Water Is ‘High-Pressure Poison,’ Residents Say

JACKSON, Miss.  — Tim Finch first heard about the “messed up” water in Jackson three decades ago as a teenager. The lifelong resident has always believed the city’s on-again, off-again, “brown” tap water was unsafe to drink. But as a child in the 1990s, he didn’t completely understand why. Now, at 45 years old, Finch […]

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Mississippi Water Crisis Is ‘Racism to the Umpteenth Degree,’ Residents Say

The water crisis that has left residents of Jackson, Mississippi, struggling to bathe, cook, and flush their toilets has been decades in the making.  For years, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has asked for financial assistance from the state government to alleviate the city’s infrastructure needs. Local organizers, rather than wait on the government, have […]

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‘We Need Everyone’: How Two Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters Are Building a Movement

On the heels of the largest wildfire season in California’s modern history, Royal Ramey traded in his work on the scorched mountainsides for an office desk in San Bernardino.  He had been battling wildfires for a decade, among the thousands of incarcerated Californians who were trained by the correctional system and paid well below minimum […]

Posted inClimate Change, Environmental Justice

How Will Climate Change Affect the Search for a New Black Mecca in the South?

Rhiana Gunn-Wright knows Black life in America is fragile — by design. The idea of “home” has constantly been threatened: Slavery and segregation legally dictated where Black Americans could live for centuries, and the residual effects of those racist institutions continue to guide where they plant their roots. When you think about it, Gunn-Wright says, […]