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E-M:/ Update on Environmental Press Conference in Detroit

Enviro-Mich message from CSim592951@aol.com

Here is an update on the time of the environmental press conference to be 
held in Detroit on Friday, June 23, 2000. The support from around the state & 
around the nation  is growing daily. Please note that the time is Noon on 
Friday, June 23, at King Solomon Baptist Church, 6125 14th Street, in the New 
Center/Henry Ford Hospital area. If you can not attend, we welcome your 
letters of endorsement and fact sheets or hand-outs. 

"For Immediate Release<
>DON'T DUMP ON US: SE Michigan Environmental Justice Press Conference,12 p.m. 
Friday, June 23, 2000
>>Contact:  Charles E. Simmons 313-896-2521.
A community meeting and press conference will be held on  Friday, June 
23,>2000 to highlight the consequences of a neglected and degraded 
neighborhood environment on community health and the quality of life.  
Professionals from health and environmental>organizations will meet with 
community residents of the Northwest Goldberg, Virginia Park, and communities 
throughout the region to discuss strategies to redress the neglect by local 
and state officials. 
>If the weather permits, participants will walk one block from King 
Solomon<Baptist Church to the nearby Dump Site on Wabash and Marquette to 
view a<hazardous waste site which residents have been petitioning the city to 
clean<up for the past three years. Members of the news media will have an 
opportunity to talk to residents and participants. 
The Northwest Goldberg and Virginia Park communities have unacceptably high 
levels of cancer and respiratory problems, including asthma.. Asthma rates in 
the area are among the highest in the state.  These residents 
are<also>burdened by Frequent illegal dumping, emissions from large 
incinerators, degraded housing stock which exposes them to lead paint and 
asbestos. The exposure to mercury, cadmium, and other carcinogens are mostly 
from contaminated air and soil. Poor air quality and proximity to 
contaminated sites have been linked to health problems in numerous studies. 
Participants will include citizens and organizations throughout the state and 
the nation who are concerned about the erosion of Michigan's environmental 
protections and the failure of the state to have any positive initiatives to 
work for sustainable development, clean air and water. 
Participants will include members of the Detroiters Working for Environmental 
Justice; the National Lawyers Guild; Clean Air Inc.; Clean Water Action; the 
Radical Black Congress; the Wabash-Vermont-Marquette Block Clubs;  The 
Committee for the Political Resurrection of Detroit, King Solomon Baptist 
Church; Detroit Summer youth leadership organization; the National Welfare 
Rights Organization; the Ecology Center (Ann Arbor); Rev. David Murray; 
Cardinal Baye of the Shrines of the Black Madonna; the Environmental Justice 
Group of (U. of Michigan); the Sierra Club of SE Michigan, the Organization 
for Black Struggles--St. Louis; Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical 
Contamination--Michigan; Black Workers for Justice--(North Carolina & 
Georgia);Hamtramck Environmental Action Team;West Michigan Region 
Environmental Network ( Muskegon County); Michigan Environmental Council, 
Muslim Women Education and Advocacy Network, Youth Environmental Project, 
Nolan/State Fair Neighborhood Empowerment Center and the National Conference 
of Black Lawyers. 

Historic King Solomon Baptist Church has been the site of noted leaders 
including former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Malcolm X. The 
address is 6125 14th St, Detroit 48208. It is one block south of W. Grand 
Blvd. One mile West of the Henry Ford Hospital campus. Close Freeways are the 
John C. Lodge, Edsel Ford, and Chrysler. 

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