Blaming the COVID-19 messengers—public health officials under siege: Derrick Z. Jackson

The pandemic has put public health officials in a perilous place—caught between the common good and the often-toxic American drive for personal freedom.

The vilification of public health officials in the COVID-19 crisis reminds us of their vital role as the crossing guards of science.
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A second wave of COVID-19 looms large—and it’s not because of protests: Derrick Z. Jackson

All over America, protesters have taken to the streets to protest the police murders of African Americans George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the White vigilante lynching of African American Ahmed Aubrey in Brunswick, Georgia.
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Stop and smell—and look at—beautiful flowers

The great writer Alice Walker has said, "I get energy from the Earth itself. I get optimism from the Earth itself. I feel that as long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I am the Earth."

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The push to relax COVID-19 protections exposes age-old racial wounds: Derrick Z. Jackson

With unemployment approaching Great Depression levels, the nation is waving the white flag on controlling the coronavirus.

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The EPA’s new rule discards science, ignores importance of wetlands and tributaries: Derrick Z. Jackson

Water, water everywhere and hardly a drop is being protected by the Trump Administration.

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Southeast Chicago residential neighborhood in the shadows of the S.H. Bell bulk materials warehouse and transfer facility. The facility has been cited for spewing neurotoxic manganese dust into the community. (Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson)

Derrick Z. Jackson: Fighting for a just COVID-19 response

As much as hurricanes Katrina and Maria upended African American and Latinx families, the landfall of the coronavirus brings a gale of another order.

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Pol Tavarez, Vatic Kuumba, Leah Bamberger (left to right) have all helped shape the Providence, Rhode Island, Climate Justice Plan. (Credit: Derrick Z. Jackson)

Derrick Z. Jackson: A Rhode Island city gets serious about climate justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Vatic Kuumba, a local poet and playwright, has little tolerance for climate change resilience plans that leave out low-income families forced to be resilient for decades from environmental degradation.

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Derrick Z. Jackson: Coronavirus pandemic—the consequences of sidelining science

Having paved over the science on pandemics, the Trump administration puts up parking lots. Literally.

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