Abdul-Rahman, receives Environmentalist of the Year

Thank you to President & Chair of the Board Tom Barrett, Executive Director Jesse Kharbanda and all of Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) for honoring Denise Abdul-Rahman, NAACP Indiana Environmental Climate Justice Chair with the 

HEC Environmentalist of the Year Award.


Abdul-Rahman says “It has been an honor to collaborate with HEC on environmental policy. We have supported the opposition to HB 1143 No more Stringent Than, we opposed Senate Resolution regarding ozone and smog, and we helped HEC increase its engagement in Lake County with air monitoring kits”

Abdul-Rahman even supported correspondence to Marion County Health advocating for water testing at Indianapolis Power and Light, Harding Street Power Plant site. 

Abdul-Rahman says she “holds the award up

  • To grassroots leaders embedded in the trenches. 
  • I hold the award up, In honor of Dr. Amos Brown, III Servant Leader, Demographer, Chronicler of Indianapolis Communities
  • I hold the award up, In solidarity to All subjected to terror, to Paris, France and the piano player in the streets of Paris playing John Lennon, Imagine. 
  • I hold this award up to our global and Indiana delegation to COP21 Paris,

Fear not, let us move onward and forward with deeper purpose, courage and conviction, Thank you.” from left to right, Denise Abdul-Rahman, Shannon Anderson, Amanda Shepherd, Lauren  Kastner and  Garrett Blad not pictured 

(Left to Right: Denise Abdul-Rahman, Shannon Anderson, Amanda Shepherd, Lauren Kastner and not pictured Garrett Blad)


Indiana NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Chair, Denise Abdul-Rahman Speaks at Indiana Mama Summit April 8, 2015 at the Indiana State House

Indiana Green Outreach June 12, 2015

Good Morning and Thank you to Wendy, and all the Momma’s and Papa’s, Grand’s, and Children, Standing for clean air, healthy communities, standing for our children and environmental climate justice.

1‘Indiana is hooked on coal- and that addiction has remained constant for decades.  While many states and countries are moving toward cleaner energy sources, est. 85% of Indiana’s electricity comes from coal- fired power plants.’
2’Coal burning is- and has always been-deadly.  According to Journalist Jeff Goodell, quoted in the NAACP Coal Blooded Report, says coals effects on public health are now less apparent than they were.  50 years ago, in industrial states, people were still dropping dead in the streets on days air pollution was particularly bad.  In China and India they still are.  Now, in the US, in Indiana it happens in slow motion, and in ways that don’t translate easily to death Certificates.’
3According to our Harding Street Coal Plant Resolution formulated by the Indiana NAACP and the Black Nurses Association of Indianapolis, Inc.  Negative public health effects occurs in states with coal power plants including higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the top ten coal-energy producing states which includes the state of Indiana having an average 19% higher lung cancer death rate than the US average.  Prolonged exposures to toxins from these energy production facilities is tied to birth defects, heart disease, asthma attacks, lung disease, and learning difficulties, for example a black child is 3 times as likely to be admitted to the hospital and twice more likely to die from an asthma attack than a white child.  This is Our Quest for Environmental Justice—(Dr. Robert Bullards Book)
A recent scientific paper by Shane Evans, student of IU Robert McKinney School of Law, concluded that racial makeup, more specifically, the percent of people who identified as white alone, not Hispanic or Latino, is the most important demographic metric in determining the amount of pollution in 50 Hoosier cities and towns.
The Indiana NAACP Clean Power Plan Resolution calls for coal ash to be defined as “special waste” and calls for special disposal—-Drop the lawsuit against EPA Clean Power Plan.
The NAACP Resolution Promoting Equitable Access to Clean Energy calls for the United States and we are calling for the State of Indiana it’s Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to find ways to assure universal affordable access to a clean energy portfolio to prevent the recurrence of environmentally racist policies and practices that often contribute to disproportionately high rates of exposure to pollution from fossil fuel and nuclear based energy production and toxic wastes that have plagued African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and other communities of color and low income for decades.  
Stop Putting Profits Before The People

Indiana Green Outreach June 12, 2015