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African American Environmentalist Association
"If people have any power over you, they will abuse it." -- Norris McDonald
Opened Midwest Office
New Director for Texas Office
Testimony before NRC
Visit France: La Hague Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility
Civaux nuclear power plant
Visit Sao Paulo, Brazil to scope ethanol partners
Visit China: Beijing, Weifang, Tsingtao, Shenzhen, Guangdong, Hong Kong
Tour Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Project constructed by Tsinghua Univ
Tour Daya Bay Nuclear Power Facility in Guangdong Province
Cosponsored Environmental Justice Conference at Howard Univ School of Law
Cosponsor Renewable Energy Seminar at U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Speech at National Governors Association (NGA) Energy Forum in Wilmington, Delaware.
Attended CUNY Graduate School Sustainability Conference
Press Conference at Malibu Pier in support of offshore LNG facility
Attended Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Ceremony (Met Oprah Winfrey)
Speech at Black and Puerto Rican Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Attended New York League of Conservation Voters Awards Ceremony
Attended National Worker Coop Conference at Millenium High School in New York.
National Public Radio Interview
Attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in Flushing, New York
Attend MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall
Testimony before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sparrow's Point LNG Facility
Panel Speaker for New York Affordable, Reliable Electricity Alliance at Energy Forum in Tarrytown, NY.
Testimony Before PG County Zoning Hearing Examiner on Chillum LNG Project
Speeches at New York High School for Environmental Education
Participate in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Meeting in New York
Attended Bronx Community College Energy Seminar
Met Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
Attended Al Sharpton Martin Luther King Dinner in New York
Met with Dennis R. Spurgeon (left), Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
Attended Woodrow Wilson Bridge Dedication of the first 6-lane span
Testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Baltimore on the AES LNG Import Terminal Proposal
Spoke on panel at NY AREA "Lower Hudson Energy Forum"
Met with U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator Stephen Johnson
AAEA Information Booth at the 35th Annual New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Legislative Conference - - Albany, New York
Spoke at the Black Enterprise magazine headquarters in New York on environmental and energy issues.
Testified before the Army Corp of Engineers in Boston on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in support of the Cape Wind energy project proposed for Nantucket Sound. Met with the President and Vice President of Cape Wind Energy at their office in Boston.
Spoke at the Maryland Black Caucus Annual Legislative Weekend's Environmental Justice Workshop. The theme was 'Water & Our Health.'
Spoke on the environmental justice panel at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in Pittsburgh.
AAEA was invited by the White House to attend President Bush's acceptance speech at the Ronald Reagan Building.
Met with with Jim Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Coucil on Environmental Quality.
Met Ms. Ayanna King, Director Environmental Justice Institute.
AAEA worked with New York City Council Charles Barron to get a New York City Environmental Justice Act introduced before the New York City Council.
Met approximately 15 ministers in Harlem and assisted in the establishment of an environment committee.
Played in a benefit golf tournament to help Fort Foote National Park in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Worked out of AAEA's newly established New York Office located in the South Bronx. Looked at the numerous trash transfer stations, Hunts Point (produce delivery station), power plants and other industrial facilities.
AAEA also commissioned a Southeastern Regional Office with Sulaiman Mahdi, who once ran the AAEA Georgia Office for the Southeastern Region.
Visited each of 39 offices of the Congressional Black Caucus and met with either staff or a member at least once--in some cases 2, 3 or 4 times. Visits were to discusss energy and air legislation. Also discussed the Green Group Report Card.
Presented testimony before the New York Westchester County Board of Legislators (County Council) in support of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.
Attended the opening of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (NY AREA). Met with Rudy Giuliani, who is a security consultant for the owner of the plant. He provided opening comments at the meeting.
Proposed environmental justice legislation at a meeting of Delegate Clarence Davis' Environmental Justice Committee at the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus 2003 Legislative Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.
Attended Delegate Davis' follow-up meeting at Morgan State University in the President's Conference Room. The Environmental Justice Committee discussed the upcoming legislative session. Delegate Davis provided lunch.
Played in the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses 11th Annual Education Scholarship Fund Golf & Tennis Tournament at Argyle Golf Course in Silver Spring, Maryland. Attended the Congressional Black Caucus Pre-Tournament Gala aboard the glass-topped cruise ship Odyssey on the Potomac River with entertainment by Kenny Lattimore and Regina Carter. The scholarship fund awarded more than $700,000 in 2003.
Played in a golf tournament at Tantallon Country Club in Prince George's County, Maryland to support the restoration of Fort Foote National Park.
Played in a golf tournament at Willow Ridge Country Club in Westchester County, New York sponsored by the African American Men of Westchester County to support their youth program.
Briefed Reverend Al Sharpton on environmental and energy issues for his appearance at the League of Conservation Voters Presidential debate in Los Angeles
Met President Bush the same day at the White House for the first time.
"The African American Environmentalist Association and Norris McDonald have been of great assistance to me in formulating environmental and energy policies."
-- Rev Al Sharpton
|Norris McDonald: Grist Magazine Q & A|
"What is happening to the black family in America is the sociological equivalent of global warming: easier to document than to reverse, inconsistent in its near-term effect -- and disastrous in the long run.
Father absence is the bane of the black community, predisposing its children to school failure, criminal behavior and economic hardship, and to an intergenerational repetition of the grim cycle. The culprit is the decline of marriage." --William Raspberry, The Washington Post
Black Squirrels Have you heard about the black squirrels in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area? The Washington Post quoted scientists: "they were multiplying because their dark coats allowed them to retain heat from sunlight, leaving them less desperate for warmth than their lighter-colored cousins...If you can do it with solar heat, you don't need quite as much metabolic heat, and therefore, need less food." Unfortunately, these solar powered brother squirrels did not get the memo and have been migrating faster into Northwest Washington and out to Gaithersburg and Rockville in Montgomery County. According to the Post, "Some residents have called to complain that the new squirrels are aggressive, driving out the friendly gray squirrels." Although the county parks department has assured residents that, "It's the same squirrel, just a different color," I am sure arrangements will be made to redirect these squirrels to Prince George's County.
Pulling Weeds I love pulling weeds in the front and back yards. It is relaxing. I guess it is the country boy in me. I remember spending part of my summers as a boy with my grandmother, Kate Best. Grandma had flowers throughout her front yard, a half-acre garden on the side of her house and woods everywhere else. She was a tenant farmer, so there were also fields of corn or soy beans for as far as you could see. She also had a walnut tree in the front yard. She would get her hoe and chop weeds in her garden. We would sit on the porch and 'shuck' beans. Drinking water came from a groundwater well and there was an outhouse (a wasp seemed to always provide interruptions). Anyway, it sure does feel good to pull weeds by hand in the sterile suburbs.
Capitol Hill Sure Has Changed I remember when Capitol Hill was a relaxed little village. Now it is being hardened to address terrorist threats. I think the new visitor center underground on the east side also doubles as a nice shelter. Various tunneling projects also sprout out from the House and Senate sides. The Capitol Power Plant is being expanded. Barriers now block streets next to the House Office Buildings. Police presence has greatly increased and walking up to the Senate Chamber is an intense experience now. There was a time when you could just walk in the Capitol Building from almost anywhere. I sure do miss the good old days when you could just about walk right in anywhere in Washington, DC without being examined. Those days are over.
In 2003 Black Households in America Earned $656 Billion According to Target Market News, African Americans spent:
- $142 billion on Housing
- $56.5 billion on Food
- $23 billion on Clothes
- $14 billion on Telephone Services
- $12 billion on Charitable Conributions
- $ 7.9 billion on Gifts for Friends and Loved Ones
- $ 3.5 billion on Consumer Electronics
- $ 2.5 billion on Alcoholic Beverages
- $ 2.3 billion on Toys
- $326 million on Books
|Important Environmental Issues The most important planetary environmental issue is global climate change created by human activities. We cannot emit a limitless quantity of combustion gases without consequence. The most important environmental issue in the black community is black-on-black murder. We cannot continue to kill each other in the thousands each year without consequence.|
My son's Godfather, Chaplain Ollis Jon Mozon, Jr. greets President Bush at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Norris McDonald at State Department Climate Change Summit
America ruthlessly oppressed Blacks and used this inhumanity as perverse 'proof' that Blacks were inferior and gave Whites of all classes someone to look down upon.