We are VERY excited to announce that Lois Gibbs, founder of the Center for Health and Environmental Justice and nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, is coming to St. Louis to address the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill. Aug. 16th SAVE THE DATE!!! Center for Health, Environment & Justice
Lois Gibbs was raising her family in Love Canal, near Niagara Falls in upstate New York, when, in 1978, she discovered that her home and those of her neighbors were sitting next to 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals.
That shocking discovery spurred Lois to lead her neighbors in a three year struggle to protect their families from the hazardous waste buried in their backyards. In that fight, Lois discovered that no local, state or national organization existed to provide communities with strategic advice, guidance, training and technical assistance.
Lois with her neighbors on their own, by trial and error, developed the strategies and methods to educate and organize their neighbors, assess the impacts of toxic wastes on their health, and challenge corporate and government policies on the dumping of hazardous materials. Her leadership led to the relocation of 833 Love Canal households.