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

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CHLS101 TTH 930-1045
February 17, 2015
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:
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.
Racialization of space and Specialization of Race.
Environmental Activist as self-defense.
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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