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Little Manila Rising, a community non-profit in Stockton, Calif., is taking an aggressive stand to protect its Filipino American community from environmental racism. Matt Holmes heads up the environmental effort and talks about a new project with UC Merced to make sure the air in Stockton and the valley is monitored. He also talks about the ways the pollution from the freeways and port is being mitigated. The situation is dire, Stockton has one of the worst air pollution profiles in the state, and not coincidentally, the worst asthma rates in California, as well. This is Part 4 of an ongoing look at how Little Manila Rising is evolving to serve its community and to not give up on Stockton.
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0.58: Little Manila Rising intro
3:30: Crosstown Freeway/Pollution
4:23: Matt Holmes intro
5:20: Interview begins (Starts with Dawn)
6:38: First project NPS
7:56: Launching historical park/Richmond
9:12: Air quality work
12:36: Hired by Little Manila Rising
14:43: Environmental racism
15:29: Environmental violence (Transportation planning)
17:17: Public health outcomes
18:00: Warehouse for the Bay Area/impact of trucks
21:30: Racism and advocacy
24:32: Who is responsible?
27:30: Bureaucratic Hurdles
29:00: Funding from AG’s office to monitor air pollution
29:32: Seachange in technology
30:09: Regulatory Framework only intervenes on permitting, not community harm.
31:02: Update on community air monitors
32:14: Pollution causes genetic damage
32:43: Volkswagen Settlement
34:25: Bringing science and medicine to the people with the people
37:00: The tradition of air monitoring (50 km grids, historical data)
37:44: The promise of community monitoring, granular actionable information
39:00: Inland port burns the dirtiest fuel
39:55: We know a lot when it benefits powerful people
41:10: The Port is the most amenable actor to partnering to solve the problem
42:13: CARB - California Air Resources Board
43:18: Healthy communities are designed
44:14: 85% of biomass being burned comes from Vineyards
44:41: Drive for short term profits has led to global climate instability and hyper local public health outcomes
45:27: Global climate instability is especially threatening to low income communities of color
45:44: White environmentalist movement
46:50: The importance of Dawn
49:14: Architects of CA freeways(Environmental Racism)
50:09: Problems of wealth and power
51:49: Dawn program
52:55: Sky Watch
53:25: Transformative climate communities work, Urban greening
56:18: The power of trees and nature based solutions
"Try Harder" director Debbie Lum talks to Emil Guillermo about Lowell High School and the college admissions process captured in the film's profile of five students of diverse backgrounds.
What are AAPI going through to get to the elite colleges of their choice? And how are their parents dealing with it?
Is it possible that the African American parent wins the "Tiger Mom" competition?
And what of the white student who knows he has no chance to compete?
Everyone wants to go to an elite college but no one ever asks if it's a right fit. The kids grow up as the film progresses. When it's over, you'll want to know why some got in, and others didn't.
Emil, a Lowell alum, also compares his experiences with those of the students in the film.
Find out where the film is showing at www.tryharderfilm.com
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