Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ (UCC) has long played a part in exposing environmental racism.  In 1982, the United Church of Christ's Commission for Racial Justice was part of the struggle to expose environmental racism in Warren County, North Carolina   Because of that incident, the Commission published its landmark study in 1987, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States.  It proved that race was the most common variable in predicting where commercial hazardous waste facilities are located in the United States.  Read further from the open letter from JWM Executive Minister, Rev. Linda Jaramillo.

Harry Holt and daugther SheilaFor the last 6 years Sheila Holt-Orsted has been fighting for the clean-up of her family's well in Dickson, TN.  The family's well water has been contaminated with TCE, a dangerous and deadly toxin.  For the last 2 years, however, Sheila has been protesting without the help of her father, Harry Holt, who died of cancer.

All the Holt family members that lived on the property—which their ancestors owned post-slavery—suffer from disease.  Stories like this are part of the larger saga of environmental racism happening all over the United States. 

Your help is needed.  Take 2 actions

First, Send a letter to the EPA!

Your help is needed to bring this to national attention so governmental agencies will do their jobs and end this contamination. Join with us in urging the EPA to swiftly close and clean up the Dickson County Landfill by sending the letter below.

Second, Attend the Rally!

On Saturday, September 5 at 10. a.m. join Sheila Holt-Orsted and Dr. Robert D. Bullard of Clark Atlanta University at the War Memorial Building, 200 Center Avenue, in Dickson, TN (35 miles west of Nashville) for a rally. This rally aims to bring national attention to a tragic story about the Holt family and to ask for the removal of contamination at the Dickson County Landfill.  Hopefully this action will set a precedent, bringing justice to the many other people of color communities in our country whose health and rights are compromised by toxic waste contamination.

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