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Major A Community Voice Victory on Formaldehyde

Hurricane Katrina survivors win court battle against feds on regulating formaldehyde


Feb 16, 2018 – 3:33 pm

Hurricane Katrina survivors won a court battle involving FEMA trailers on Friday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was to start regulating formaldehyde, a chemical used to treat wood products, in December. The chemical has been linked to nose and throat cancers as well as respiratory ailments.

However, the agency decided to postpone enforcement for at least a year, saying companies needed more time to prepare for the new rule.

The New Orleans-based group A Community Voice fought back, noting that Hurricane Katrina survivors were sickened by the formaldehyde used to manufacture components of the trailers deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for use as temporary housing.

“There is no simple ‘long-term fix’ for the side effects of formaldehyde poisoning, since the poisoning begins immediately. … So, the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards must be put in place immediately. We have waited far too long,” A Community Voice Vice President Vanessa Gueringer wrote in a statement issued Friday.

Jeffrey White, a federal judge in California’s northern district, agreed. He ordered the EPA and plaintiffs to report back March 9 with a timely plan to enforce the rule.

“At long last, the EPA will protect people from hazardous formaldehyde in everyday furnishings and building materials,” wrote Earthjustice attorney Patti Goldman, who represented the plaintiffs.

Since Katrina, FEMA has changed the type of temporary housing offered to survivors of natural disasters.


A Community Voice Wins Filters in New Orleans Schools

A Community Voice pressed this issue with the School Board, notably members Nolan Marshall and John Brown, and later at a school board meeting. In its September 17, 2017, in an official meeting, the OPSB committed to test its schools. 5 schools were separately tested based on a commitment made by the Principal at First Lines Schools to A Community Voice, who asked Dr. Katner to direct the testing. None of which showed significant lead in the water. The schools are: Green, Wheatley, B-Net, Clark and Ashe. Please see Dr. Katner’s analysis in this fine article, about the reliability of lead testing in water. In fact, local/international expert Dr. Howard Mielke states that over a long period of time, even the smallest amounts of lead can severely damage the brain. Adding certified faucet filters should be encouraged at all institutions and homes with appropriate replacement of spent filters, as indicated by the filter light.



ACV and Justice and Beyond to City Pay Residents for Flooding Damages

Save our City Rally

Compensate Residents for Damages

Fix the Pumps!

Due to the flooding and recent and continued failures of our pumping systems and the failure of our elected officials to be honest with us about the state of the draining systems in New Orleans, ACV and Justice & Beyond are joining with residents throughout the City at a Protest to demand adequate water management from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans and compensate residents for flooding damages to property.

Saturday August 19th
Front of New Orleans City Hall

1300 Perdido

(bring your umbrella and cold water)



Candidate Forum for New Orleans City Council Races

August 4th, 2017

A Community Voice hosted at Candidate Forum in New Orleans for New Orleans City Council Candidates for District E and City Council at Large Division 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church 5234 N. Claiborne on Friday August 4th, 2017.

It was a very spirited event with many questions from the audience. Thanks to all those who attended.



Campaign Forum for Candidates for New Orleans City Council District E and Div 1, At-Large

What does the 9th Ward Want?


New Orleans—A Community Voice (ACV), Ninth Ward Chapters will conduct a Candidate forum for District E and Div. 1, City Council races this Friday, August 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at 5234 N. Claiborne at Egania in the old Trinity Lutheran Church, to raise critical issues to the 9th ward.

The meeting is held in the Lower 9th ward to highlight the area of District E that has been “forgotten in the current City Council forums that tend to relate to New Orleans East”, stated leaders from A Community Voice who chair the event:   Secretary Treasurer Debra Campbell, Lower 9th Ward Co-Chair Gwendolyn Adams, and Member Organizer Jo Jackson.

“But there are many issues that intertwine the neighborhoods of the 9th and 8th wards ward including the fight led by A Community Voice against the industrialization project of the state to forge a new freeway on Florida Ave from the Port of St Bernard Parish to Elysian Fields. Further, the expansion in the 9th ward, of the Industrial Canal is a dangerous unnecessary Trump reprioritized infrastructure project that would also threaten St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. There is widespread belief that both projects will diminish the quality of life in predominately black residential 8th and 9th wards of New Orleans,” said Debra Campbell, Chairperson, ACV-Ninth Ward Chapter. A lack of remedies for Blight control and employment projects also lead the list, with increased taxes, gentrification and crime that has seniors afraid to leave their homes, and more.