Citizen Action

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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On Monday, Downwinders sent out acceptance letters to 15 DFW residents who'd applied to become members of our very first College of Constructive Hell-Raising. Since 15 students is all we have room for this initial year, that means we reached full capacity a whole ten days before the deadline for applications on December 1st. And there's even a […]

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Those words from Winston Churchill hung on a hand-drawn, four-foot long poster above the door of the Downwinders' first office in central Cedar Hill throughout the 1990's.  They were still there in the fall of 1999 when we lost our six-year, six-fgure fight to keep TXI from getting a state permit to burn hazardous waste in obsolete kilns – more than 10 years […]

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This picture is from the mid 1970's. It features members of the East Dallas Tenants and Small Homeowners' Alliance, and a very influential group of activists who organized them called the Bois D'Arc Patriots.  Named after the native tree renowned for its durability and strength, the one Comanches used to carve their bows from, the Patriots […]

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Using local social justice history lessons and expertise, the College for Constructive Hell-Raising aims for students to “think more like organizers” January 17- May 23rd  (Dallas)–Saying they want to encourage local residents to organize more effectively around the issues that concern them, clean air group Downwinders at Risk announced today it’s establishing a new “school” […]

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Pics from Our “Meet the Drones” Mixer

by jim on October 17, 2016

Here's the link to some pictures of our October 6th "Meet the Drones" Mixer featuring the squadron from University of Texas at Dallas.  Thanks to TCU's Dr. Mike Slattery for hosting the public debut of our North Texas CLEAN Air Force – an exciting new effort combining citizen know-how with academic expertise to better help us identify DFW air pollution […]

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Keep 'Em Flying So far, contributions from our supporters have got our drone out of the hanger and into the air. Now we need to get it above cement kiln and coal plant smokestacks we want to monitor. Help us gain monetary altitude.  This "Giving Day," Downwinders is trying to raise $6500 to fund a full […]

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Holcim is the first cement plant in the nation to voluntarily install an industrial catalytic converter called SCR on its smokestack, significantly cutting smog-forming air pollution in DFW.  But despite operating only 26 miles from EPA headquarters, the Agency and State of Texas still claim the technology isn't "feasible"     Downwinders is proud to announce Midlothian's Holcim […]

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“Meet the Drones” Mixer Oct 6th

by jim on September 13, 2016

​Thursday, October 6th  5:00 to 6:30 pm TCU Alumni Center 2820 Stadium Dr Fort Worth Have a bite to eat, a drink, and stroll amongst the drones we're assembling for our North Texas Clean Air Force. Representatives from the University of Texas at Dallas will be displaying their fleet of fixed-wing and rotor copter drones. TCU, UTA, UNT and the […]

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AN OPEN MEETING  Help Us Start to Organize the 2017 Root and Branch Revue Activist Conference  Saturday, September 10th 3-5pm  Common Desk Co-Working Space  633 West Davis in North Oak Cliff If you could plan a conference for you and your peers to help train and motivate you as environmental activists in Texas, what speakers, events, forums, exhibits, […]

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