I had no expectation that spending an hour with Juliana Pino and Byron Sigcho was going to be boring.
I’ve known Byron for years from his work with the Pilsen Alliance.
Juliana and I are new friends and I consider myself lucky to have met her.
Both Byron and Juliana are allies in the fight against environmental racism and its impact on the Latinx communities of Pilsen and Little Village.
The idea of framing the issue as environmental justice and the enemy as environmental racism makes it clear that what we see as a local fight against a coal-burning power plant or a million square foot distribution center in a neighborhood back yard is a bigger systemic structural issue.
It is why some in Congress are pushing for a Green New Deal.
And it is why some, even some Democrats running for President, are pushing back against a Green New Deal.