CHLS 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Urban Decay, White Flight, Farmworker

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CHLS101 TTH 930-1045
February 17, 2015
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Professor Nicolas Centeno absent and had a guest speaker. Uepected Affiliatios: Eiroetal
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Environmental Justice
Guest Speaker: Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino
Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino: Email: mamdeadela@cloud.com
Former farmworker activist.
Former Mayor of Maywood.
Involved in several organizations regarding environmental issues.
Environmental Justice: name of movement to come together to solve a problem.
Environmental Racism: is placement of low-income or minority communities in proximity of
environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution and urban decay.
Review:
Racialization of space and Specialization of Race.
Environmental Activist as self-defense.
Sites:
Wilmington: Air pollution
Central California: pesticides on farmlands
Long Beach and San Pedro: Port pollution
Hermosa Beach: Potential oil drilling
Southeast Los Angeles: Air and water pollution
White flight:
White people went to suburbs and Latinos moved in.
Standard of living went down.
Immigrants were treated in a bad way (worst way)
Low wages and have no healthcare.
Freeways being built and water contaminated:
Latino communities
Solutions: Plant trees, water treatments
Green space: adding more parks.
Super fun sight: Contaminated area. Community was aware and park opened until it was cleaned up.
Shutting do copaies ho do’t at to clea. BatterRecycling Company in Vernon was closed
down for not following regulations and laws.
Expanding 710 freeways: will displace houses, business, cause asthma and birth defects.
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