In southeast Dallas, along a creek and behind homes, that 'grotesque' Shingle Mountain keeps growing
URGENT CALL TO ACTIONFOR MARSHA JACKSON AND ALL OF SOUTHERN DALLAS JOIN USSOUTHERN SECTOR RISINGENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHMARCH 20th12 NOONDALLAS CITY HALL FLAG ROOM We’re a grassroots, ad hoc, multi-group campaign coalition aimed at uniting residents who live along and south of the Trinity River, and their allies to say “enough is enough.” We seek to end decades of racist zoning forcing industrial polluters into predominantly Black and Brown residential neighborhoods and more equitably distribute Dallas’ pollution burdens. We chose to name our campaign "Southern Sector Rising" We chose as our first target the most serious environmental justice on-going crisis in Dallas: the Blue Star asphalt shingle operation on South Central. Despite pleas by Marsha Jackson and her neighbors, the city isn't acting to shut down this blatantly dangerous and illegal operation. Our first picket action at Blue Star Asphalt operation (9505 S. CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY) will be 12 noon to 2 pm, March 23rd and will reflect Ms. Marsha Jackson's deep ties to the Southern Dallas trail riding community. Our intent is to show up every Saturday from Noon to 2 pm from the 23rd to April 20th. We also intend to take the campaign to City Hall.
At our March 20th launch we'll be showing a short video, announcing legal action, submitting a citizens' petition to amortize Blue Star out of existence, submitting language for the ordinances we want the council to pass that follow-up on our goals, announcing weekly pickets and a warning to the City that if Blue Star isn't shut down by Earth Day, Monday April 22nd, we'll be attempting to blockade new trucks of shingles from being dumped. OUR GOALS
1. The City of Dallas must immediately close the illegal Blue Star Asphalt operation and begin to clean up the mess the company has created along the South Central corridor.
2. The City must include an equity provision in the City’s new Economic Development Policy prohibiting concentrations of polluters/pollution in the same neighborhoods.
3. The City must pass a moratorium on any new Industrial permits south of the Trinity River until that new industrial equity policy is in place.
4. The City must restore the City’s Environmental Health Commission to allow for a more resident-friendly process for hearing environmental nuisance and health problems.
5. The City must create a Joppa Environmental Preservation District prohibiting any new industrial permits in that historic Dallas Freedman’s community, phasing-out of existing industrial zoning there, and better protecting residents from pollution exposure. Strategy Meetings EVERY Sunday from Now until April 22nd 6-8 pmGoodWork Co-Working Space, 1808 Good-Latimer, just south of I-30 PLEASE JOIN US. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Joppa Fredman's Township AssociationHighland Hills Community Action Committee
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