We recently took the Red, White and Water campaign to the Festival Latino in Wilmington, NC. Festival goers signed photo postcards to their member of Congress Representative Mike McIntyre asking him to stand up for our clean water protections.
Hispanic communities suffer disproportionately from the impacts of coal pollution. 32 coal-fired power plants across the country are in counties that are either more than 25% black or more than 25% Latino, and 9 are in counties that are more than 20% Native American. That means more exposure to mercury pollution from the burning of coal and arsenic pollution from coal ash dams.
So, while all Americans have a huge stake in keeping our waters clean, Latino communities are made to carry a larger pollution burden to bear.
Below are some of the great people we met in Wilmington, luchando por su derecho al agua limpia! (fighting for their right to clean water!)