Helping with the oil clean up in the Gulf
Seventy-five graduates of a training program run by environmental justice centers in New Orleans and Atlanta are now working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup — a half-dozen of them as supervisors. Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Clark Atlanta University’s Environmental Justice Resource Center have given environmental clean-up courses for 15 years. Graduates work for companies cleaning beaches in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
Since 1995, the Clark Atlanta University Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC), in partnership with Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), has implemented the Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the program provides basic skills training, including academic remediation and life skills training, for residents of communities that are economically and environmentally disadvantaged.