CORY BOOKER, TAMMY DUCKWORTH and TOM CARPER / NJ.COM – As a series of trucks headed toward Warren County, North Carolina, a crowd of residents gathered together to lay down in the middle of the road.
It was September 1982, and as they got down onto the ground, a movement rose up.
The residents were protesting North Carolina’s decision to dump 6,000 truckloads of toxic soil into their poor, predominantly African-American community. They cried foul after officials brushed aside concerns that the toxic chemicals could bleed into their drinking water and poison their families …
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) recently formed the Environmental Justice Caucus in the U.S. Senate.