Citizen Action

Earth Day Texas 2017 at Fair Park this weekend offers you plenty of chances to catch up with Downwinders and see us in action. It also offers you more information and discussions and multimedia experiences than anyone person could possibly get around to in 72 hours, no matter how committed. So here’s not only where […]

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On the eve of Earth Day, clean air group Downwinders at Risk announced the purchase of two portable, EPA-calibrated ozone monitors to initiate a citizen-based monitoring campaign in Wise County this summer, where state officials refuse to measure DFW smog. “With the purchase of these brand new high-tech monitors, which reached the market only a few months ago, we […]

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Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton in DFW Next Week   Thursday Night,  April 20, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Community Forum about: Injection Disposal Wells  Handley Meadowbrook Community Center 6201 Beaty St, Fort Worth, TX 76112 Sponsored by St. Rep Nicole Collier    Friday Morning, April 21st, 10:50 – 11:40 am Responsible Shale Extraction […]

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Now that another ozone season is beginning, it’s time to remind you that Downwinders is still the only group exclusively devoted to the issue of cleaner air in Dallas-Fort Worth –  an area that hasn’t been in compliance with the Clean Air Act since 1991. Hard to believe on both counts, but it’s true.  It doesn’t […]

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Somewhere deep in the cubicled bowels of the Region 6 EPA offices in downtown Dallas lies a draft of a letter to the State of Texas telling Austin it’s proposed clean air plan for DFW is inadequate and must be re-written. It likely goes through the litany of well-known public objections the EPA has about the […]

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Downwinders at Risk is proud to be taking part in the first annual Responsible Shale Energy Extraction (RSEE) Symposium & Exposition, happening over two days at this year’s at Fair Park in Dallas, Friday April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd. Climate Change superstar Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, Fracking health-effects lecturer (and Downwinder friend) Dr. Anne Epstein, and […]

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By now you might have heard about the new fracking waste injection well being sought by BlueStone Corporation on the shores of Lake Arlington, the source of drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Arlington residents as well as the cities of Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, and North Richland Hills. You may know it’s being […]

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Today, we officially announced our hiring of Anthony Gonzales as a second Downwinders staffer. One of the reasons we need additional personnel is to help fight off the kinds of new challenges that a Trump presidency will encourage. Exhibit A: The Bluestone Natural Resources Corporation permit to open a disposal well for their fracking wastes on the shores of Lake Arlington, […]

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There's a slew of changes coming as a result of decisions made at the Downwinders' board retreat with Lois Gibbs last month. Among them:  New redesigned website New updated logo New presence on social media  New year-round events calendar for supporters New campaigns and projects  New board members As a commitment to this make-over, Downwinders […]

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Imagine Rosa Parks personally leading a strategy and planning session for your local civil rights groups. Or Ralph Nader coming to spend a weekend with your consumer rights groups to help you prioritize your goals.  That's the enviable position Downwinders at Risk's all-volunteer board is in after finding out Lois Gibbs, the mother of the modern American […]

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2017 R&B in pics

by jim on January 30, 2017

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One- Day University of Change   Tomorrow – Saturday Jan. 28th Two tracks of workshops going on all day 9:30-5:50 Walk-Ups Welcome  $35 for workshops plus lunch $20 for students  Register Here   Bluebonnet Ballroom, UTA Univ. Center 300 West First Street,  Arlington    It only happens once a year Flint Water Protectors! Local Elected Officials […]

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Three events this week can help make you a better activist…year round – A high-level discussion about Civil Disobedience as a tactic for  social change  – A forum with Flint Activists on the front lines of the nation's best known environmental justice fight – A full day of skills and information workshops featuring local experts  and elected officials  Don't Miss These One-Of-A- […]

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Discrimination can kill in lots of ways. In Dallas, one of the ways has been lead poisoning. It may be hard to imagine now, but up until the mid-1980's there were three lead smelters operating right across the street from homes in Dallas. Those homes were all south of the Trinity River: in West Dallas and Cadillac […]

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Be Where Your Feet Are

by jim on December 13, 2016

Dear Downwinders,  Based on position papers, advisors, and now job offers, it's hard to overestimate the harm to the environment that can and will be done by a Trump Administration. Your first response may be to already feel defeated by the enormity of the challenges now facing us.  Don't let those feelings get the best of you.  […]

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At first blush it might seem strange to recommend Trump-era environmentalists undertake a crash course on Reagan-era AIDS activism, but this review of David France's book in the Washington Post makes a good case.  Frances' “How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS" is based on the 2012 documentary […]

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