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Tell the DNC: Focus on Racial & Environmental Justice in March 6 Flint Democratic Debate!

Tell the DNC: Focus on Racial & Environmental Justice in March 6 Flint Democratic Debate!

Sign the petition to Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and CNN:

“Communities of color have been targeted for pollution for too long. Flint, Michigan, is the latest tragic example of a long trend of communities of color and low wealth being poisoned with crumbling infrastructure, polluted air, toxic dumps, and tainted water. If the Democratic National Committee and the candidates for the Democratic nomination want to represent voters of color, they must do more than visit – they must concentrate the March 6 debate in Flint exclusively on issues of racial, climate, and environmental justice.”

As the Democratic Primary heads to Super Tuesday, it now includes states where people of color make up a significant percentage of the voting bloc. While the previous debates have included brief discussions on issues important to people of color, none have dedicated a significant amount of time to these issues – and none of them have spent any time of consequence discussing disproportionate climate change impacts, access to clean water and healthy food, and a just transition from fossil fuels.

As in Flint, it is no coincidence that frontline communities targeted for pollution are also home to income inequality, elevated unemployment levels, reduced educational opportunities, mass incarceration, and police brutality.

Low-wealth communities and communities of color have been subjected to these injustices for too long and have never been offered a comprehensive national solution. Flint is just an example of similar issues affecting communities of color, including numerous Native American communities nationwide.

As candidates for the Democratic nomination increase their outreach to people of color and Native nations, all voters deserve to hear their plan to address racial, environmental, and climate justice. If the DNC claims to represent all voters, it cannot take black people, people of color, and Native peoples for granted. No more eco-tourists passing out bottled water for a day – we demand a real debate on the problems of racial justice, environmental racism, and the solutions of climate justice. It’s time for a national discussion on these issues, and there is no better place to have it right now than Flint, Michigan.

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