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Environmental Racism & Black Communities – Gordon Plaza

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Environmental Racism & Black Communities – Gordon Plaza

In this episode we discuss environmental racism and Black families. We cover Gordon Plaza, a New Orleans housing development specifically built for Black first time home buyers. The residents were…
April 29, 2022

Environmental Racism & Black Communities – Gordon Plaza

In this episode we discuss environmental racism and Black families. We cover Gordon Plaza, a New Orleans housing development specifically built for Black first time home buyers. The residents were not told that their dream homes were built on top of a landfill saturated with toxins harmful to their health. 

 

And we highlight the Residents of Gordon Plaza, a community organization fighting back against environmental racism and working with The New Orleans Peoples’ Assembly to demand a fully funded relocation to move off of the toxic soil where their homes were built.

 

Visit https://gordonplaza.com/ to learn more about the history of Gordon Plaza and to support their cause by signing and sharing the petition (https://chng.it/94BHbXVqNL) to relocate residents. 

 

If you would like to suggest a topic we should discuss, share your own personal story, or shoutout an organization or individual please email us at [email protected]

 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @distrustanddisparities and Twitter @DistrustPod.

 

Resources:

Gordon Plaza was sold as a dream for Black home buyers. It was a toxic nightmare. by Darryl Fears

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/04/01/new-orleans-gordon-plaza-epa/

 

‘We’re just waiting to die’: the black residents living on top of a toxic landfill site by Lauren Zanolli

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/11/gordon-plaza-louisiana-toxic-landfill-site

 

The New Orleans Peoples’ Assembly

https://peoplesassemblyneworleans.org/

 

Listen Better by Pod Save the People with DeRay

https://crooked.com/podcast/listen-better/

 

Audio Clip:

Gordon Plaza, New Orleans Press Conference 1/31/2022

https://youtu.be/lWZQp4BQjnQ

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