Like a scene out of some postapocalyptic movie, Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio convened a news conference on Feb. 5 to deliver a stark warning. “We are ordering them to leave,” he said of residents of the small rural community of East Palestine, Ohio, and a neighboring part of Pennsylvania. “This is a matter of life and death.”
The global plastics and petrochemical industry wants to build toxic facilities in Black communities. But residents of “Cancer Alley,” Louisiana, are fighting back.
Inclusive Louisiana, Beyond Plastics, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the Descendants Project staged a multi-parish tour Friday of several river facilities, in a bid to raise awareness about their efforts to ward off more industrial developments in St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes.