MetroFocus: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

MetroFocus | September 23, 2020

Tonight, as Climate Week gets underway in NYC, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is pushing a new bill in Washington aimed at eliminating pollution that has disproportionately harmed communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities over generations. We take a look at the climate and racial justice movement in New York with WE ACT For Environmental Justice co-founder Peggy Shepard. As part of our Chasing the Dream initiative on poverty, justice, and economic opportunity in America, the environmental justice pioneer discusses the program’s efforts to protect communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.

Tonight as part of our Chasing the Dream initiative on poverty, justice, and economic opportunity in America, we take you back to the 1970’S when 80% of the Bronx burned to the ground. Independent lens’ Decade Of Fire combines never-before-seen archival and home movies and testimonials, to reveal the reasons for the devastation, showing what can happen when a community chooses to fight back and reclaim their neighborhood.

 

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.