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Can green initiatives impact double-digit Black unemployment?


D.C. conference brings together emerging leaders in green jobs

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Low-income communities in recent years have been impacted by double-digit unemployment, but years earlier also were impacted by the proliferation of factories that left behind a harmful environment. “We generate 56 million pounds of waste every year, and that goes into our backyards and into our water supply,” noted NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director Jacqueline Patterson during her remarks at the 2013 Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference in Washington, D.C. in April. “The facilities that produce [hazardous waste] are major drivers for the catastrophic climate changes we’ve [been] seeing,” she continued. “All this is happening in communities with high unemployment. People are paying 50 percent of their income to [necessities], who are underinsured in their health [coverage] and living in poverty. Continue Reading →

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