Ever heard of Gordon Plaza? No? Well, consider it Louisiana’s Flint, Michigan. What the residents of Flint have endured is a textbook example of what is called “environmental racism.” In Gordon Plaza, a community in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans, that same injustice has persisted for almost 40 years. In the early 1980s, a home-ownership program sponsored by the City of New Orleans sold homes that, unbeknownst to residents, were built on a former waste dump. As residents began developing chronic and terminal illnesses, the site’s origins and dangers were uncovered. This week on #ResistanceRadio Kenny and Mark Alain are joined by residents from Gordon Plaza to tell the story of their decades-long fight against city, state and federal officials for justice.
Originally aired 8/13/2018.