For Educators: Environmental Justice Movement

Activity 3: Advocacy for Environmental Justice and the Congressional Black Caucus

Introduction

Documents Needed:

Materials Needed:

Computer with Internet access
Implementation

Divide the students into small groups. Provide each group with a copy of Congressman Dellum's 1991 Memorandum, the Environmental Justice Braintrust photo, Protesters Marching Against Waste Dump photo, and the analysis worksheets for documents and photographs.

Research:
Using the documents and sharing segments of the webcast, introduce the students to the action of advocates for environmental justice. Encourage the students to explore ways in which others have or could advocate to insure everyone is protected from environmental hazards.

Teacher Tip

Writing:
Tell the students that they will prepare a persuasive letter to Congressional Black Caucus members encouraging them to continue their fight for environmental justice. Ask the students to explain in the letter why the issue is important to them and what they can do in their personal lives to support congressional efforts. Direct students to use the Environmental Justice Advocacy worksheet to organize their thoughts in preparation for writing their letters.

Taking Action:
Teacher: Please forward the students letters to the Caucus, other state and Congressional representatives, as well as the President of the United States, as an example to the students that they do have a voice in raising awareness of what is happening in their community. Tell the students that they can use the following websites to find information about Congressional Black Caucus Members of the U.S. Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate).

The Congressional Black Caucus
http://www.thecongressionalblackcaucus.com
The U.S. Congress House of Representatives
http://www.house.gov
The U.S. Congress Senate
http://www.senate.gov
Black Americans in Congress, Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
http://baic.house.gov/

additional information and links.