Environmental Injustice has taken a toll on our communities in South Baltimore. Our former neighbors in Fairfield, Wagners and Hawkins Point were all involuntarily displaced when our government officials failed to resolve the tension between owners of polluting industry on the one hand and the health of workers and residents on the other. Instead, the false solution offered was to eliminate communities and continue to make development decisions that increase the pollution and quality of life impacts on remaining neighborhoods. This community produced short film outlines the past 100 years of environmental justice along with a call to action to learn from the failed decisions of the past with concrete action for environmental justice and community and worker led development without displacement.
This set of videos feature community members describing the decades long issue of coal dust from the CSX coal terminal entering found on homes, cars, kids pools and in the air we breathe — as well as the recent explosion at the coal facility that sent thousands of pounds of dust into Curtis Bay and remains unexplained.