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Are there toxic chemicals in your child’s “trick or treat” bag or Halloween costume?

October 23, 2014
Parents across the country are stocking up on this year’s hottest costumes for their little ghouls, goblins, and princesses, but some costumes may contain hidden toxic chemicals harmful to our children’s health. I wish I were tricking you.

Comunidades saludables: Continuación de los "asuntos pendientes" de la EPA

October 10, 2014
Comencé en Earthjustice hace cinco meses, después de haber trabajado en la Administración de Obama como asesora del administrador de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, Environmental Protection Agency). Mi trabajo como asesorar a la EPA consistía de asuntos de justicia ambiental, que incluían trabajar con comunidades de color, y comunidades de bajos ingresos y tribales, que luchaban para que sus comunidades fueran más saludables. Para ello, intentaban reducir la injusta carga de toxinas y sustancias peligrosas que contaminaban su aire, su agua, su tierra y sus cuerpos.
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Healthy Communities: Continuing the “Unfinished Business” of the EPA

October 9, 2014
Overburdened communities are fighting strenuously but sometimes lack the resources, capacity and access to power that other communities can take for granted. Their communities—like many neighborhoods in the Bronx, N.Y., where I lived as a child, were overburdened with landfills, waste transfer stations, refineries, power plants and myriad sources of pollution for reasons that have a whole lot to do with race and class.
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Attack of the Facial Peels!

October 9, 2014
Halloween is a time for spooky fun – but with Halloween coming, CEH has found a scary product sold by Walgreens.
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Saving Baby: Learn How to Safely Navigate The Healthcare System

October 1, 2014
When we hear that some one is expecting a baby, we wait for the next big announcement: girl or boy. Sadly for one of every four babies the next announcement is about a death from miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. (World Health Organization 2013) WAIT - PLEASE! Do not turn away. We can save more babies. When we fail, there is still healing that can happen for the grieving parents, families, and clinicians. The United States infant mortality is among the worst in the industrialized world. (CDC, 2013) I met a hospital bereavement counselor the same month my son was born (another...
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Is Your Child At Risk? One in Three Schoolkids Are in a Chemical Danger Zone

September 30, 2014
We insist our kids wear bike helmets and seatbelts, and look both ways before crossing the street. We demand playground equipment that’s safe and schoolrooms without lead paint. So did you ever imagine when you send your child to school that he or she could be in the vulnerability zone of a toxic chemical facility? Over one in three kids in elementary and secondary school are. At the Center for Effective Government, we’ve created an interactive map tool to allow you to zoom down and see if the school your child attends is in a chemical danger zone; it also shows the name and address of the...
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#PeoplesClimate and People's Budget: #WorthSaving

September 19, 2014
This Sunday, the People’s Climate March, billing itself as the largest climate march in history, will flood the streets of New York City to draw attention to the urgent need to address global climate change. Why does the federal government spend so little on climate change initiatives that would safeguard our families' and children's futures?
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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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Are College Students Sleeping With Toxic Flame Retardants?

August 3, 2014
My daughter is going to college this fall and we are getting ready. Her school recommended a number of items for her dorm which we dutifully purchased. Having worked on getting toxic flame retardants out of the foam in our couches over the past several years, it occurred to me that I should have the school-recommended foam mattress toppers for my daughter tested for those same toxic chemicals.
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Poised for progress on pesticides

July 29, 2014
Well, it's about time. The invisible problem of pesticide drift is on the policy radar in ways it's never been before — with changes in the wings that could protect kids and communities in very real ways. From California to the Midwest to our nation's capital, drift is now a focus of public concern and policy conversation. And as the science linking pesticide exposure to children's health harms continues to stack up, pressure to protect kids from pesticide drift is growing stronger as well. Here's the deal: In response to legal action by Pesticide Action Network and our partners — based in...
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