The Environmental Justiceprogram works to build healthier communities by addressing issues such as the elimination of oil drilling, the exposure of toxic chemicals in our personal and hair care products, and more.
To find out more information about this program and how you can become involved, contact Dr. Astrid Williams, Environmental Justice Program Manager.
200 organizations from 51 countries signed onto a letter written by BWW asking J&J to stop selling its baby powder products globally – August 2021.
J&J continued to sell and market talc-based baby powder in the U.S. This is shown in a Worldwide Research Brief for Black Women for Wellness – Oct 2021.
Despite there being over 38,000 active lawsuits against J&J related to asbestos in their talc-based baby powder, J&J denied wrongdoing and won a court battle to proceed with its plan to shield its talc liabilitiesand deny thousands of people due process – Winter 2022.
Black women are overexposed and underprotected in the world of beauty.
Due to eurocentric beauty standards, poor government regulation, and systemic racism, Black women are sold products with ingredients that are harmful to reproductive and respiratory health. This is called the environmental injustice of beauty, and it is even more severe for beauty industry professionals who work with dangerous ingredients in products everyday. We deserve better!
We host Curls & Conversations events to shine a light on this issue and education about healthy hair.
We conduct community-based research with partners like Occidental College and Silent Spring Institute to better understand this problem and create solutions.
We work directly with hairstylists and barbers to advocate on their behalf, listen to, and address health concerns.
resources for you
Check out these resources to help keep you and your family safe.
The built environment in Los Angeles hasn’t been designed equitably.
Black and Brown people face more environmental burdens in their neighborhoods – this includes everything from experiencing hotter temperatures and worse air quality, the presence of toxic facilities like oil wells, water quality concerns, and the list goes on.
At BWW, we work to address some of these harms.
We are proud members of STAND LA, a coalition to bring an end to neighborhood oil drilling. Recently, LA County and LA City voted in favor of making oil drilling non-confirming. Now, we are in the midst of making these votes a reality and making sure that community voices are centered in the discussion of what these sites become.
We work to understand and address our community’s water quality, affordability, and accessibility concerns. If you have concerns, please reach out to us.
Environmental Justice reading materials and educational literature.