An opinion piece by Earthjustice attorney Angela Johnson Meszaros
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Angela Johnson Mezaros, Attorney, Earthjustice: “You’re refusing to require that largest sources of air pollution install cost-effective, life-saving pollution control equipment. And instead you’re calling for a tax on ordinary folks for owning a car?”
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: "On the local level and state level, there’s going to be immense opportunities. There’s a lot of energy and engagement from people. I don’t think we can underestimate how the November election impacted Southern Californians."
Hosts Medaya Ocher and Kate Wolf decide that in a year unlike any other, it’s time for a different approach to holiday gift giving. How can we give the gift of resistance against the anti-democratic forces empowered on November 8th? Medaya and Kate raise this question with guests Adrienna Wong from the ACLU of Southern California, Adrian Martinez from Earthjustice, and Shahid Buttar of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Yana Garcia, Associate Attorney, Earthjustice: “EPA has recognized for years that consumers and users of pesticide products need more information about product ingredients in order to keep themselves and families safe, and in order to make better choices about whether to buy a particular product, and when and where to use it if they do. But EPA took action to remove these 72 ingredients because they are no longer in use. We hope that EPA can continue its efforts to remove ingredients in pesticides that it knows are toxic and still in use in hundreds of products across the country.”
Colin O'Brien, Attorney, Earthjustice: "Phil Tagami broke his promise to the people of Oakland that he would not try to ship coal through this terminal. The City of Oakland stood up to his pressure and used their legal authority to ban coal from being handled or stored in Oakland on the basis that it poses a substantial risk to the health and safety of Oaklanders.
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “One shift on the board doesn't solve the problem. We need strong, clean air voices who are willing to roll up their sleeves and figure out how we solve this air pollution crisis.”