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Friends -

Today’s hearing with Scott Pruitt, nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was scary - especially for environmental justice advocates. 

Here is what he had to say on:

  • Lead exposure: He had not reviewed any scientific research and could not answer if there was any safe level of lead. Huh? We know that there is no safe level and lead disproportionately impacts communities of color. 

  • Asthma: Asthma is the #1 reason kids miss school nationwide. In Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma, the childhood asthma rate is one of the country's highest at 10%. In low-income parts of NYC, its 25%. Yet, under oath, he could not answer if he represented children or asthma-causing polluters as Oklahoma's Attorney General.

  • Climate: While he admits the climate is changing, he believes it is up for “dialogue and debate” on how much is human-caused. Scientists know this is dead wrong and lets fossil fuel companies off the hook.

Feeling fed up like we are? Here are 4 actions to take this week to resist the Trump Administration and fight for ALL futures:

1. RALLY OUTSIDE TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER
On the evening before Trump’s Inauguration, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Reverend Al Sharpton, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore, Shailene Woodley, Rosie Perez, and Alec Baldwin will be joined by thousands of New Yorkers to stand united to protect the rights of people and the environment. We Stand United NYC (Thursday, 6PM): 
2. SHUT IT DOWN
Goldman Sachs is no longer rigging the system -- they are the system. They been instrumental in extracting the wealth, livelihoods, and health of black, brown, and poor communities. And they've gotten great at using the federal government to make it happen.
Shut it Down Government Sachs (Now-through Friday)
3. MARCH ON NYC
Women’s voices need to be heard for real climate solutions. Can't make it to DC? Join WE ACT and sponsor organizations from across Northern Manhattan as we gather as a united group to travel and participate in this historic and peaceful event in NYC. Women’s March on NYC Meetup (Saturday)
4. GO LOCAL 
Get involved in local politics! The 9th District is hosting a forum at Friendship Baptist Church (144 West 131st Street) to fill Inez Dickens former city council seat. (Wednesday, January 25th)
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