Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey, Part 2

Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey

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Dandelion Salad

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 18, 2017

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.”

Abby explores Houston’s unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the “fence-line communities” deliberately put in harm’s way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series.

from the archives:

Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge, Part 1

Hurricane Irma’s Devastation: Nothing “Natural” About It by Deirdre Griswold + Video Reports

Global Capitalism’s Reckless Greenhouse-Gassing of the Planet by Paul Street + Are Irma-like Super Storms the ‘New Normal’? + ‘Hurricane Chevron’

Hurricane Harvey: It’s A Capitalist Crime Scene by Deirdre Griswold

How Houston Was Left To Drown Under Hurricane Harvey by Seth Uzman

Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Hurricane Harvey Devastates Houston + Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston (#AJustHarveyRecovery)