Rep. Hakeem Jeffries: Surge in racism is, in part, “connected to a historic backlash”

Hakeem JeffriesNow, in part, what we are seeing is connected to a historic backlash that has often occurred throughout this journey that we have been on here in America, that whenever we make significant progress, there is always a backlash amongst some in America who have got a problem with the fact that we have done things designed to be more consistent with our values of liberty and justice for all, equal protection under the law.

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Rep. A. Donald McEachin: Environmental Justice a Federal Priority during Clinton Years

I think it is worth noting that the environmental justice movement began in 1982, when North Carolina established a toxic waste landfill in Warren County–a poor, rural, majority African- American locality–over the objections of the residents. In the more than 20 years since, many environmental justice organizations have formed. During the Clinton administration, the pursuit of environmental justice became a Federal priority.

— A. McEachin (D–VA)

The First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency and Its Impact on Minority Communities, House Floor, May 1, 2017

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