Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services

There's Power in Knowledge

September, 2014

In Spring 2014, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) teamed up with Statistics for Action to learn new ways of communicating and understanding scientific data through the power of popular education techniques and activities designed by environmental justice communities and researchers.  This collaboration resulted in a series of workshops in the Manchester and Furr High School communities.

Together, we looked at real-time data that had been gathered by t.e.j.a.s. organizers to better understand the potential health risks associated with diesel particulate matter.

This video is a brief acknowledgement of that collaboration and highlights some of the difficulties we encountered at the beginning of our environmental justice work.  We continue to learn how to better incorporate a balance of anecdotal and scientific data to organize for change.

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Map of the Manchester Community in Houston, Texas

Chemical Security Briefing - July 24, 2014

 

All over Texas and the U.S., there are thousands of facilities that could blow up or leak deadly poison gases. The secret that the chemical industry does not want you to know is that these dangers are preventable.

There are safer chemical processes, such as improving barriers, containment structures, safety training, and switching to inherently safer strategies such as reducing the quantity of hazardous materials and changing the design processes to reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals when possible.

These techniques can reduce the possibility of catastrophes to the surrounding community.

For more information visit: chemical security or prevent chemical disasters.

Questions? Contact Juan Parras, T.E.J.A.S. Director (281) 513-7799