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Group Claims Environmental Racism in Syracuse January 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist.

A group of protestors says Onondaga County is guilty of environmental racism. They gathered Monday to speak out against the Midland Sewage Plant project. The say the county is protecting the predominantly white, middle class Northside of Syracuse, at the expense of the poor, minority Southside. An underground sewage facility sits near Franklin Square, but protestors complain about the eyesore of an above ground facility on Midland Avenue.

Protestors used the Martin Luther King Junior holiday to renew their claim of environmental racism. The Partnership for Onondaga Creek is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a discrimination lawsuit. The group cites statistics comparing the Midland Avenue neighborhood with Franklin Square. While per capita income in Franklin Square is just over $39,000, it’s only $8,500 near Midland. Franklin Square is almost 88% white, while Midland is nearly 84% black.

Because of the holiday, county offices were closed. County officials we called at home never returned our phone calls.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Wstm.com

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