Jennifer Beals wrote -
This year for my birthday I've decided to raise funds for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and for the Center for Environmental Health. For the last year water protectors coming from hundreds of different tribes across North America have gathered peacefully to protect the Missouri River and related aquifers from the Dakota Access Pipeline. They stand together to protect the surrounding, sacred land and the water which effects not only those at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation but everyone downstream. They stand to protect YOUR right to self determination and YOUR right to clean water. The pipe line was originally scheduled to be put in the ground upstream from Bismarck, ND but when the residents complained the pipeline was moved onto land protected by the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Clearly, environmental health is a social justice issue. Time and again billion dollar corporations make those who are deemed to be politically powerless pay the price of disasterous environmental choices. This must come to an end.
The Center for Environmental Health wrote the book on advocacy. In addition to rigorous research, and writing laws to protect children from lead and other harmful toxins they "support the leadership of grassroots organizations in low-income communities of color, helping to connect brave leaders with the latest scientific and public health resources available and supporting communities’ efforts to address the environmental justice threats that matter most to them."
Let's change the paradigm.
Grateful to you all.
Jennifer Beals Birthday Wish
Help Jennifer Beals raise money for the Center for Environmental Health and Standing Rock.