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National Healthy Schools Day in New Orleans
Healthy Schools Day

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
New Zion Baptist Church
A.L. Davis Jr. Multi-purpose Building
2319 Third St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

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The Recovery School District has a controversial plan to build a new school in the same area in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the Booker T. Washington High School was built on the Clio Street/Silver City Dump and the soil remains highly contaminated. State Representative Joseph "Joe" Bouie, Jr. (Democrat - District 97), who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, is sponsoring legislation (House Bill No. 180) to prohibit school authorities, including the RSD, from building a school on a toxic waste site.

"I unknowingly attended and graduated from a high school that was built on a toxic waste dump," said Rep. Bouie. "As a state legislator, I want to ensure that no more schools are built on waste sites. For this reason, I have introduced House Bill 180 in the Louisiana Legislature to require safe places for the construction of schools. This legislation will be part of the first National Healthy Schools Day celebration in Louisiana. For the sake of our children, it is my hope that National Healthy Schools Day will continue to be celebrated in Louisiana for years to come," he explained.

At the first National Healthy Schools Day commemoration in New Orleans, the public is invited to hear Rep. Bouie speak about his bill and get information on how they can support toxic-free schools in the city and state. This event is sponsored by the Campaign for Toxic-Free Schools, Walter L. Cohen Alumni Association, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, GreenARMY, NAACP, and the Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal. When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm. Where: New Zion Baptist Church - A. L. Davis Multipurpose Building, 2319 Third Street.

"Ensuring that every school is a safe and healthy place for children to learn and grow protects our basic human right to health," said AEHR Attorney and Co-Director Monique Harden. "AEHR is pleased to co-sponsor the first National Healthy Schools Day celebration in Louisiana to promote human rights protections in the laws governing school site selection, building design and construction," she said.

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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