From July 30-31, the Democratic presidential candidates converged on Detroit, for the second primary debate. Detroit frontline communities, who have been leading voices for environmental, economic and racial justice for decades, took to the streets and asked the candidates to visit Detroit, MI 48217, the most polluted ZIP code of Michigan. The candidates were invited to listen to those who are hit hardest by environmental racism and climate change.
Only one candidate showed up, Jay Inslee, to hear from the community and frontline workers and share his plans to combat #EnviornmentalRacism.
The first step on the journey to #EnvironmentalJustice and a #RegenerativeEconomy is showing up.
While we reflect on the epidemic of white supremacy infecting the nation, we must never forget those on the frontlines who are victims of it every day by being subjected to toxic air, dirty water and adverse health impacts. When lawmakers ignore the calls of the people, they too perpetuate Environmental Injustice. The invitation still stands and we hope that all candidates for the highest office in the land will #Visit48217