Health and Environmental Leaders Call on President-Elect Trump to Renounce Hate, Rescind Bannon and Sessions Appointments
December 5, 2016
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Washington, DC—Physicians for Social Responsibility in coalition with twenty-five leading environmental organizations spoke out against hate crimes and threats against minority groups in the wake of the Presidential election. To achieve a healthy future we must work in solidarity with national and global movements for civil rights, social justice and an inclusive economy.
The sudden increase in racist and violent actions after the election spurred the environmental and health leaders' Statement on Civil and Human Rights, Social Justice and an Inclusive Economy and condemned the language and actions during and since the election that have encouraged those acts.
"The health of disproportionate numbers of people of color and those who are low-income is compromised already by proximity to industrial pollution, waste materials, and other environmental exposures likely to harm children and limit life expectancy," says Catherine Thomasson, MD, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. "Not only must we overcome longstanding environmental injustice but we must take action to fight the violence and bigotry fomented by the election."
"The environmental movement is, at its heart, about protecting the home we all share, not just for ourselves but for the generations to come," the statement declares. "There is a place for everyone in that home. But there is not a place for hate."
It an essential and grave responsibility of the Presidency to protect all Americans equally. The groups call on the President-elect to fully uphold that responsibility, including by ensuring that all his nominees and appointees honor fundamental civil rights and embody civility befitting the offices for which they have been selected. Joining leaders from across other social movements, the environmental and health leaders called on the President-elect to rescind the appointment of Steven Bannon as Chief Strategic Advisor and withdraw the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General to demonstrate that as president, he will represent all equally and protect the rights of all people.
"As the only membership group for board members of color and indigenous board members of national environmental organizations, we stand together to ensure the preservation of our environment includes the protection of its people," says Allison Chin, Green Leadership Trust Co- Chair. "This election has made some long standing threats to justice and inclusivity very visible and dangerous. We are committed to fighting these threats."
"Protection of our planet is an absolute necessity for the survival and health of the human race and other species," the leaders concluded. "And a strong commitment to human rights for all is a fundamental building block to the protection of our planet."
Read the full statement here.