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Public Forum on Safe School Environments
Public Forum

Saturday, February 28, 2015

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Dillard University
Professional Schools & Sciences Bldg. Room 131

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The cycle

Public Forum

Every 30 to 40 years at least one school is built on a toxic waste dump in New Orleans.

1940 - Booker T. Washington High School built on the Clio Street/Silver City Dump

1984 - Robert Moton Elementary School built on the Agriculture Street Dump

2014 - Recovery School District plans to build a new school on the site of the Booker T. Washington School and the Clio Street/Silver City Dump

Together, we can break this cycle to provide safe environments for children to learn.

Join us at the Public Forum on Safe School Environments

  • Tell elected officials the action they should take on the RSD's plan to build a new school on the old Clio Street/Silver City Dump.
  • Get the facts on how contaminants at waste dumps can damage the health of children and youth, including their capacities for learning and development.
  • Find out what 30 states and a growing number of cities in the US have done to protect school students from environmental hazards.

Sponsored by Advocates for Environmental Human Rights - Alliance of Diversity and Excellence - Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal - Children's Defense Fund (Southern Region Office) - Community Education Project of New Orleans- Deep South Center for Environmental Justice-Dillard University - Families & Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children - Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center - GreenARMY - Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools - LA Bucket Brigade - NAACP - National Council of Jewish Women (Greater New Orleans Section) - Peoples Institute for Survival & Beyond - Sierra Club (New Orleans Office) - Tulane Environmental Law Clinic - Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association

Recent news on the Recovery School District's plan to build a school on the old Clio Street/Silver City Dump

Robert Morris, "Toxins at Booker T. Washington School Site Are 100 Times above Acceptable Levels, Activists Say," Uptown Messenger, Sep. 9, 2014

Danielle Dreilinger, Booker T. School Rebuilding Site: Environmental Hazards Debated," Times Picayune, Sep. 9, 2014

Fox8 TV News: "Activists Say Booker T. Washington Site Is Toxic, Urge Rebuilding Elsewhere," Sep. 9, 2014

WDSU TV (NBC) News: "New Orleans School to Be Built on Former City Dump Site Raises Concerns: Group Points to Dangerous Levels of Metals in Ground," Sep. 9, 2014

Dan Lawton, "Protests Follow School Plans at Booker T. Washington Site," The New Orleans Advocate, July 1, 2014

Staff Report, "Feds Asked to Block RSD from Building New School on Toxic Landfill," Louisiana Weekly, June 30, 2014

WWL TV (CBS) News: "Community Worried about Plan to Build School on 'Toxic' Site," June 26, 2014

Kari Dequine Harden, "Cohen Alumni Association Sues State to Stop Toxic Build," Louisiana Weekly, Apr. 15, 2014

Brentin Mock, "Reading, Writing, & Arsenic," Grist, Nov. 20, 2013

Mark Schleifstein, Toxic Metals at Booker T. Washington High School Must Be Addressed, Recovery School District Contractor Says," Times Picayune, Oct. 30, 2013

Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

832 Topaz Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124-3628
Tel. 504.799.3060
Fax 504.799.3061

Monique Harden
Co-Director & Attorney

Nathalie Walker
Co-Director & Attorney