Not In Our Backyard: Fighting Pollution in Richmond, California

Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:38 By Jen Chien, National Radio Project | Radio Report
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Richmond, California is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, world-renowned for its natural coastal beauty. Though Richmond enjoys the ocean breezes like many of its neighbors, those breezes often come laden with chemical fumes, hazardous waste residues, and particulate matter. Richmond is one of the lowest-income communities in the Bay Area. It’s also one of the most toxic. But in recent years, Richmond’s also become a leader in the growing environmental justice movement, due in large part to lots of grassroots community action. On this edition, we’ll hear how community activists in this heavily polluted area are coming together to fight for environmental justice.

Special thanks to Richmond Confidential, a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, and reporter Sara Bernard.


Sherry Padgett, community activist; Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, California; Eric Blum, filmmaker; Sandy Saeturn, Asian Pacific Environmental Network organizer; Jessica Tovar, Communities for a Better Environment organizer; Nile Malloy, Communities for a Better Environment Program Director.

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Jen Chien

Jen Chien is a producer for the National Radio Project. She joined Making Contact in 2012. She reports and produces segments for KALW especially on the education and economic inequality beats.

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