Pan Africanism : AFRICAN COLOMBIAN ACTIVIST WINS ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE

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  1. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    http://www.sfbayview.com/042804/activistwins042804.shtml

    Libia Grueso Castleblanco, a 43-year-old African Colombia civil rights and environmental activist, was presented last week with the “Nobel Prize” for the environment: the 2004 Goldman Environmental Prize. Libia’s work to free 5.9 million acres of land for African and Indigenous Colombians makes her a “grassroots environmental heroine,” for which she received a “no strings attached” award of $125,000. Libia joined African North American Margie Richards of Norco, Louisiana, and five other 2004 recipients from a total of six different parts of the world: Accra, Ghana; Bhopal, India; Thilibisi, Georgia; East Timor; Buenaventura, Colombia; and Norco, Louisiana, USA.

    These environmental activists are brilliant and courageous in their struggles against giant international corporations that are drilling, killing and polluting in their search for profits at the expense of the environment - and people, many of whom are poor people of color. Margie Richards grew up 25 feet away from the fence line of a Shell Chemical plant the size of nine football fields that release more that 2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air each year. High rates of cancer, birth defects and other serious health ailments plague the town’s 1,500 predominantly African American residents.

    http://www.sfbayview.com/042804/activistwins042804.shtml

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    Very informative link Brotha. It just caught my attention.
     
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