Downwinders at Risk

Last month we requested the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality files concerning air quality monitoring going back a few years. We wanted to know more about how City staff chose the Texas Nature Conservancy’s “Breathe Easy” study as its first air monitoring project through a process of…well, there wasn’t exactly a process was […]

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MONDAY, AUGUST 27th 9 AM ROOM 6ES DALLAS CITY HALL CITY COUNCIL QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE HEARING ON DALLAS JOINING A NEW REGIONAL AIR NETWORK ______________________________________________ Over the last two years, as members of the DFW Air Research Consortium have promoted the idea of a dense grid of low-cost, high-tech air sensors spread across North […]

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Downwinders at Risk is proud to announce we received a very generous $40,000 grant from the Dallas-based Simmons Sisters Fund in December to cover the costs of our “No Safe Level” PM pollution protection campaign for the next two years. This money will be going to buy both portable and stationary PM pollution monitors, educational […]

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Meet our New Board Members

by jim on September 20, 2017

We’re very excited to have five brand new board members and a staff scientist join us since the beginning of summer to help us launch our Downwinders 3.0 program work. Each has their own set of special skills and experiences that make us stronger. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of them as they […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Only THREE Hours Left to Contribute This "Giving Day," Downwinders is trying to raise $6500 to fund a full 72 hours of airborne investigation by our pollution-sniffing drones. From 6 am to 12 Midnight tonight, contributions of just $25 or more to Downwinders can get matched or expanded by the Communities Foundation of Texas.   ​OUR GOAL: […]

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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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