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Black History Month Champion: Erga Pierrette

“During the day, I am a school adjustment counselor working in a public middle school in Revere and during the evening I am a community organizer. As a result of my passions, I wear many hats and am connected with numerous committees and community groups! As a community organizer dedicated to disrupting racism and bringing people together, I am grateful for connecting with Clean Water Action which helped my city secure funds to remove lead pipes in our EJ communities. I believe that “it takes one person to make a difference and a group of people to bring forth change!”
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Black History Month Champion: Lord Takim Allah

“I believe that people are the stewards of the planet. Doing this work right here allows me to be helpful in a more grand way. I know that my work is helpful and impactful – many people have told me that they have changed and are influenced to do things differently because they see my work at Clean Water Action. I don't do it for them but it's good that it spreads. We here at Clean Water Action are sharing some great information with folks and giving a whole lot of people opportunity to do good things and create change. Also, I love hearing about the victories, and getting to share them with other people. And to know that before this work was being done lakes and rivers were on fire, literally, makes it even more worthwhile."
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Black History Month Champion: Sasha Lewis-Norelle

"This work is important to me because I want to create a future that is just, equitable, and healthy for everyone. We deserve a society that takes care of everyone and a planet that we all take care of. We need to create serious change to address the issues we are facing, and we need people from all backgrounds at the table to bring about those changes."
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"3M poisoned our water to save a buck or two"

Derek Lowen grew up in Oakdale, Minnesota. Oakdale is also home to a 3M disposal site, one of several across the state. Water testing in 2005 and 2006 showed extremely high levels of PFOS and PFOA, two types of PFAS chemicals. Internal documents showed that 3M was aware of the dangers of PFAS chemicals for decades, but did not inform alert the public or the government about the potential risk.
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