FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 4, 2017
BM4F Statement Re: Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Amendment Act 2017
WASHINGTON, DC – Black Millennials for Flint has worked diligently with DC Council to develop the Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Amendment Act of 2017. The purpose of our collaboration is to support our mission to empower communities to take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latino communities. We are proud to have the opportunity to build coalitions with other likeminded organizations to voice our concerns and advocate for the eradication of lead exposure.
Our primary concerns are focused on: 1. identifying and remedying contaminated water while communicating results through progress reports on a consistent basis; 2. notifying parents, and children alike, of the dangers of lead, which is paramount to ensuring prevention of lead exposure; and 3. affixing appropriate cautionary notifications on contaminated water sources in all DC educational facilities. These facets of the bill provide clarity as contaminated water sources are identified and remedied while simultaneously serving as an immediate deterrent for unsuspecting children, pregnant and nursing women, consuming toxic water daily.
We recognize that no amount of lead has been deemed safe for consumption, which is why the implementation of this bill’s advisory component is crucial to prevent exposure to contaminated water. We are closely following the life cycle of this bill to ensure that it will have the best outcome for our children. As an organization of color, we bring a unique and much needed perspective to this work as we analyze both the viability of the legislation and the direct and indirect impacts that is has on the most vulnerable communities. A full analysis of our influence and continued strategic advocacy with the Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Amendment Act of 2017 can be found here.
We encourage local organizations and constituents to continue to work with the Council to improve metrics, collect data, and communicate expectations post implementation phase. This information and accountability is vital to continue to move the needle in a positive direction to offer DC children and families safer tomorrows.
To learn more, please contact:
LaTricea Adams, MAT, EdS | Founder, President
Black Millennials For Flint (#BM4F) is a grassroots, environmental justice and civil rights organization with the purpose of bringing like-minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latino communities throughout the nation.