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Upstream Contributor Peggy Shepard speaks on Environmental Justice and surfacing the meme of “Sacrifice Zones.”

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Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color.

In this portion of my interview, she discusses her early career and responds to the prompts listed below.

(Duration 10:31)


  1. Please describe your career before you became involved in the environmental justice movement. 00:40
  2. How did you move from magazine editor to an activist in the political arena? 03:40
  3. Did working for the Jesse Jackson campaign alter your career goals? 05:50
  4. What factors led you to run for office? 07:15
  5. As a politician, how did you become interested in environmental problems? 08:25

Other Portions of Peggy Shepard Interview

Title Duration
Part 1 – Early Career 10:30
Part 2 – The Origins of WE ACT 8:24
Part 3 – The Work of WE ACT 11:02
Part 4 – Environmental Health & Justice 6:29
Part 5 – Collaborating with Scientists 7:51
Part 6 – Policy Reforms 10:15
Part 7 – Environmental Activism 14:22
Part 8 – Five Favorites 5:45
Full Interview 66:41

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