Black Belt Citizens: From Electing Doug Jones to Fighting Environmental Racism

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In December, Black Alabamians stunned the nation by delivering Democrat Doug Jones a slim victory over child molester Roy Moore in the Alabama special election to replace Jeff Sessions in the United States Senate. Despite lackluster investment from national Democratic forces, the grassroots organizing of Black Alabamians successfully blocked a child molester from becomes a United States Senator. One of the organizations that helped elect Doug Jones was Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice.

Based out of Uniontown, Alabama, Black Belt Citizens was founded in 2005 in opposition to a proposed landfill that threatened the health and safety of Black Alabamians. In the years since, Black Belt Citizens has used community-based organizing to fight for economic, environmental, and political justice.

Adam Johnston, Coordinator of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, joined us on the podcast to discuss the group’s work and their revolutionary strategy to dismantle systemic injustice from within the system.

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Jordan Valerie is a cinephile, filmmaker, journalist, political activist, and proud queer woman of color currently serving as Politics Editor of Millennial Politics and Host of the Millennial Politics Podcast.

You can find her on Twitter and Medium @jordanvalallen and pay her at PayPal.Me/jordanvalallen.


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