Citizen Action

CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN ADD YOUR OWN COMMENTS For over a year Southern Sector Rising has been lobbying the City Council for the restoration of the Dallas Environmental Health Commission. With the adoption of the City’s Climate Plan, the Council has a chance to do that next Wednesday , […]

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A BIG THANK YOU

by jim on May 13, 2020

You Contributed Over $21,000 for Our COVID-Connected Program Work Last Week In our first ever attempt to conduct a week-long fundraising campaign, much less during an unprecedented pandemic, we had unprecedented success. Over seven days our supporters contributed a total of $21,600 to Dowwinders at Risk. That’s the most we’ve ever raised during one of […]

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Today, the Peace Development Fund is using its national presence and contacts to help raise funding for Downwinders at Risk, under the banner of “Taking Back our Cities.” We’re being featured on their website all day. We’re one of only 13 groups chosen to receive this kind of attention from the Fund. The Fund liked […]

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PM Pollution and COVID

by jim on May 6, 2020

  The Massachusetts-based Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders at Risk and 12 other groups across the country this week in order to help raise funds for that work. As of late last night successfully met our original goal of $10,000. THANK YOU. So now we’re setting our sights […]

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TUESDAY GIVING DAY UPDATE: We’re over half-way to our goal of $10,000. Please help us get there today.   1. Today the Communities Foundation of Texas is sponsoring a special COVID crisis North Texas Giving Day for DFW non-profits. 2. The Peace Development Fund has chosen to spotlight the COVID-connected work of Downwinders and 12 […]

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COVID CONNECTIONS

by jim on May 4, 2020

Downwinders At Risk was already dedicated to fighting for environmental health in North Texas before the COVID virus hit. Focusing on harmful Particulate Matter, we were already supporting grassroots efforts to reduce the air pollution burdens in predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods. We were already building out local capacity to monitor DFW air pollution and […]

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Disregarding calls to postpone a vote on its controversial Climate Plan until the Dallas City Council can resume traditional public participation in meetings, Council Environmental Chair Omar Narvaez has set a May 27th date for full council approval. According to an April 9th memo Narvaez sent to the rest of the Council, the newest draft […]

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Civil Rights legend Peter Johnson talking community organizing with this year’s class.   There might be no better symbol of Downwinders’ transformation from a local clean air group to Something More than our successful College of Constructive Hell-Raising.  We just began our fourth year with a class of 22 students that will push the number […]

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A little after 5 pm Monday February 3rd, the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability (OEQS) at Dallas City Hall released its draft recommendations for the city’s climate “action” plan. There are 93 “action items” including transportation, buildings, green spaces, water management, solid waste, and urban agriculture. Most are without imagination or timelines, meaning that […]

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Downwinders Welcomes New Board Members

by jim on December 10, 2019

November brought a round of new board members joining our ranks. It also brought an historic milestone. For the first time in our 25 year history, we’re now governed by a board whose majority is composed of people of color.    Marsha Jackson A year ago not many people at Dallas City Hall knew Marsha […]

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Monitors are being assembled.   Software is being written.   Community meetings are happening.   Downwinders is helping build the region’s   first 21st-Century Air Network   ____________________________________ Real Time Air Quality Information is Coming to DFW It’s taken years of work and a lot of patience but with any luck a new citizen-friendly regional […]

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Downwinders at Risk’s new Chair Evelyn Mayo gets a huge shout out in D magazine’s popular online manifestation with her very own “Earburner” podcast. D magazine reporter Matt Goodman and D Managing Editor Tim Rogers interview Evy about her new report on Southern Dallas zoning for Legal Aid, her Roller Derby years in Singapore, and […]

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A staff presentation focusing on Dallas environmental equity lacks any metrics for comparing residential pollution burdens, or even for measuring the success of its own outreach effort. So how does City Hall know what environmental “equity” looks like?   According to management guru Peter Drucker, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Then […]

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October 17th is also the date of the only public hearing being offered on one of the most far-reaching rule-rollbacks of the Trump administration – allowing more methane to be released from the nation’s oil and gas wells. And it’s right here in Dallas. In August, the Trump EPA officially proposed its rollback of the […]

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Environmental Justice issues in Dallas will get a higher profile next week as the “Father of Environmental Justice” comes back to Big D to help promote the release of a new landmark report on zoning in Southern Dallas. Texas Southern University’s Dr. Robert Bullard is no stranger to DFW, having included a chapter on the […]

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After some technical and bureaucratic hitches, momentum is starting to build toward the 2020 operation of a true 21st Century DFW regional air quality monitoring network. A small army of University of Texas at Dallas graduate students are assembling over 100 solar-powered wireless air monitoring units to be dispersed throughout the metro area. A third […]

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