The Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched a new Environmental Justice blog, run by Mustafa Ali.
Ali decribes himself as a “national speaker, trainer and facilitator on social justice issues for the past 20 years and focused on the issue of environmental justice for the past 19 years.”
Another online biographical sketch of him noted that he served as a Brookings Institute Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. John Conyers between from 2007-2008. He’s also a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington.
Ali been the co-host of the radio program, “Spirit in Action” on Pacifica’s WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC. Each show is centered on empowering residents with the knowledge and resources to proactively strengthen the development and direction of their communities. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board for Reaching Out to Others Together (ROOT) Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to advocacy, awareness, and education to reduce incidents of youth violence and gun violence.
According to Ali:
Nothing brings about change faster than when local communities get involved and organize to improve the conditions in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Over the years, I have travelled to communities across the country, where the impacts of pollution and public health problems are all too real. On each of these visits, I have been struck by what a difference it makes when residents are involved in the environmental decision-making and have a voice in designing a vision for the future in the places they call home.
Community engagement is a key tenant of environmental justice and why it is so important that we have a place to share our stories, or successes, and our expertise. It is our hope that this blog will support the online community of advocates working for environmental justice and create a space where we can highlight the positive activities happening in communities to reduce environmental and health disparities.
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