Congressmen link with Hip Hop Caucus to change the face of climate change

newsroom@tri-statedefender.com | 3/22/2014, 1:12 p.m.

"Now, I love the Redwoods and vacation there and think they're a jewel of our nation, but we've got to expand the idea of who are the environmentalists," Ellison added.

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The Department of Health and Human Services reports that African-Americans are 20 percent more likely than white people to have asthma.

These communities are also more vulnerable to natural disasters, the lawmakers said.

This, in turn, can prevent people from going to work and children from going to school, leading to fewer economic opportunities, they said.

"If you've ever wondered about test scores between black students and white students, if you've ever wondered about health disparities, if you've ever wondered about who gets to make it through the flood and the big bad storm and who doesn't, you really don't have to look any further than this issue of climate change," Ellison said.
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The tour will begin next Thursday at Hampton University in Virginia and includes stops at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Wayne State University in Detroit, Central State University in Ohio, North Carolina A&T and Clark Atlanta University.

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