We at Toxic Free Philly condemn the murder of Black people at the hands of the police. We stand in support of Black Lives Matter and those who are protesting for justice. We also recognize that the effects of structural racism go far beyond the issue of police brutality.
Our values call us to include, value and protect those most vulnerable in our city. The lead in our soils, the asbestos in our schools, the particulates in our air, and the toxic chemicals on our public grounds represent disproportionate, dire threats to the health and wellbeing of Black Philadelphians. Toxic Free Philly has come together to address environmental poisons in our City. We have been focusing our efforts on eliminating toxic synthetic pesticides from our public lands. Through our work we have begun collaborating with community groups and joining forces with coalitions to address systemic racism and environmental justice. We support a fair and just Philadelphia budget that redistributes funds away from the police and prison systems and toward vital institutions such as the School District, public parks, and public health initiatives.