Comments on: Who’s Your Environmental Justice Shero? https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: What does shero mean? | meaning of shero | shero definition | idioMeanings - idioMeanings https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4946 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:18:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4946 […] Who’s your environmental justice shero […]

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By: Donna Benton https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4945 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:24:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4945 Sheri Akers with assistance from others has created a great community in the Mar Vista neighborhood in Los Angeles. We have an excellent green garden club that has a tour of sustainable yards that draws a huge crowd for the last 5 years. Plus they have workshops at the local farmer’s market. Our wonderful farmer’s market offers so many great organic foods and grain fed meats. Thanks Sher for being my Shero.

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By: Placebook: Heroes and Sheroes of Placemaking https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4944 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:23:56 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4944 […] of being a hero or shero of place. While we celebrate as our leaders climb greater heights and also look back on their careers, let’s look to ourselves and see how we can make our communities a better place for today. […]

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By: Celeste Greene https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4943 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:09:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4943 Thank you Marva King for recognizing the work of the amazing woman, Clarice Gaylord. She is definitely one of my “Sheroes.” I feel fortunate to have known Clarice and had the opportunity to have her serve as guest speaker at one of my environmental justice courses I taught. I’m so thankful for all of Clarice’s hard work in the formative years of the Office of Environmental Justice, then called the Office of Environmental Equity. I’m also proud to know she is a fellow UCLA Bruin!
Another “Shero” is Dr. Marion Moses for all of her work in the area of pesticide exposure and migrant farm workers. I was inspired by a book chapter she wrote in a book edited by Robert Bullard called “Confronting Environmental Racism: Voices From the Grassroots” and decided to write my doctoral dissertation on this subject.
These are my two “Sherose” and I am so thankful for both of them!

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By: Kim https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4942 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:09:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4942 Like so many others it is tough to name just one “Shero” with so many fantastic women who have made significant contributions to environmental justice. I would say that Mrs. Penny Newman has always inspired me, for her over 30 years of service to her community and many others. I feel that she is one of those often forgotten leaders who has been quietly saving lives for decades. Thank you to this blog for continuing to connect with those who are on the frontlines and for educating those who may be newer to the field of environmentalism and are looking for ways to assist.

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By: Ben Stout https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4941 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:20 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4941 My shero is a woman of great strength and perseverance that nurtured me through the EJ process and introduced me to the wealth of the CARE communities. Her name is Dr. Marva King. So proud of you Marva! Humble to know you. Thank you for the inspiration.

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By: Sharell Franklin https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4940 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:52:06 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4940 Dear Marva, Thank you for the blog, your heart for the voices of those crying in the wilderness and for being my EJ shero! I have known you as a personal friend for over 25 years and seeing you live out your life’s passion in EJ is a blessing. I recall hearing about Dr. Clarice Gaylord from the time you went to EPA and I lost you as a co-worker but never as a friend. Although I do not directly have EJ connections and cannot name other EJ sheroes, I want to thank you and others in your blog for recognizing them and passing the torch. As I read today from a book given to me called “When God Thinks of You He Smiles”, I found it so appropriate that today’s message was from Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (NIV)
God is smiling today Marva as the work that you and other EJ sheroes do to preserve the work of His hands! “Peace and Hugs”

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By: Carlton Eley https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4939 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:39:06 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4939 Thank you Lara. Margaret was one of a kind. Yes, Margaret would fight for you behind the scenes. She was a real “champion”.

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By: Leslie Fields https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4938 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:54 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4938 Thank you Dr. Marva for that wonderful blog! Dr. Gaylord is very inspirational!
I have so many sheroes: Mrs. Laverde Baptiste, Beaumont, TX; Mrs Delores Leonard and Ms. Teresa Landrum of Detroit; Ms. Robin Cannon in Los Angeles, Ms Susana Almanza of Austin, TX; Dr. Earthea Nance now at Texas Southern Univ., Dr. Mildred McClain in SC, Ms. Elodia Blanco in New Orleans, Ms. Margie Richard and the late great Pam Dashiell formerly of New Orleans, Profs Eileen Gauna (NM) and Sheila Foster (NY). I’ve been blessed to work closely with other sheroes such as Vernice Miller-Travis, Jacqui Patterson, Kari Fulton, Dr. Beverly Wright, Veronica Eady, Deeohn Ferris, Monique Harden and Nathalie Walker and so many others. Then there’s my own mother Dr. Jackie Fields, who inspires me to do my best everyday. The EJ movement is very much a womens’ movement; countless other women strive hard everyday to protect and suppport their communities. Thanks OEJ for creating this space to lift up recognize the heart and soul of the EJ movement.

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By: Veronica Eady https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/03/whos-your-ej-shero/#comment-4937 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:01:35 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/ej/?p=2003#comment-4937 I’ve been working in the EJ movement for 20 years. My first EJ job was with a mainstream environmental group that was doing good work, but was broadly criticized for the same reasons mainstream groups involved in EJ work are criticized today. I had no track record in the EJ movement then. I’d entered the movement after working six years at EPA, where I made the calculated decision to stay until I learned as much as I could about environmental law, so that I could use what I’d learned on behalf of EJ communities. It was Vernice Miller-Travis who believed in me, invested in me, and nurtured me in the process of becoming a soldier for environmental justice. Without her, I wouldn’t be who I am today or where I am today. (And I’ve been a few places, having chaired the NEJAC among other places.)

I met my second shero several years later. This shero hired me to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to develop its seminal EJ policy. I orchestrated a lengthy three year process, visiting communities, talking with activists, establishing connections with indigenous communities — ties that had never before been made. While I was busy in the trenches, this shero ran political defense. She was constantly called to the governor’s office to answer for all the ruckus my work was raising. She helped me pore over endless reams of demographic data, GIS maps, cancer data. When I gave her the first draft of the policy, something I thought the governor could live with, she sent me back to my desk ordering me to come up with something that pushed the envelope so far that there was no chance of getting it approved. Her theory was that if you don’t ask for more than you hope to get, you’ll never have anything to bargain away. This has been one of the most important lessons of my career. The EJ policy was issued in 2002. I’m often credited as its architect. The EJ policy would not exist without the support and wisdom of this shero. Who is she? Her name is Gina McCarthy, and she’s the current Administrator of EPA.

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