FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28th, 2022
Contact: Katrina Hamann, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last night, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to remove his “permitting reform” language from a short-term spending bill used to fund the federal government for a limited amount of time, known as a continuing resolution. This legislation would have been a disaster for Environmental Justice and frontline communities as it forced approval of the Mountain Valley pipeline, fast-tracked other dangerous fossil fuel projects in Michigan and around the country, and weakened the environmental laws that protect Indigenous communities and communities of color from polluters.
Juan Jhong-Chung, Climate Justice Director with MEJC Action!, responded with the following statement:
“Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities won against the fossil fuel industry and the politicians that serve their interests. Environmental Justice and frontline communities from around the country came together to protect our families, our waters, and our climate. And we won! Manchin’s dirty legislation has no place in a bill meant to fund our government. We will remain vigilant of this and any future legislation that fast-tracks fossil fuel projects and weakens critical environmental laws that protect impacted communities. We will continue to build collective power so that everyone in Michigan can thrive in a clean and healthy environment. But, let’s be clear: the fight is not quite over yet. Manchin’s bill could be attached to other must-pass legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act or the December Continuing Resolution Bill. Our communities will not rest until we defeat this dirty deal once and for all!”
MEJC Action! is a charitable non-profit with 501(c)(4) status sponsored by Allied Media Action Fund. We are a coalition of diverse communities: urban and rural, Black, white, Indigenous, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islanders, and working class. We convene and work together to engage in electoral politics with a bold climate agenda for Michigan.