Industrial toxic emissions on the South Baltimore Peninsula are among the highest in the nation. Because of the concentration of factories and other chemical industries in their neighborhoods, residents face elevated rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses in addition to heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular disease, all of which can lead to premature death. For more than a decade, student organizers stood up to unequal land use practices and the proposed construction of an incinerator and instead initiated new waste management strategies. As a Baltimore resident and activist-scholar, Nicole Fabricant documents how young organizers came to envision, design, and create a more just and sustainable Baltimore.
Nicole Fabricant is Professor of Anthropology at Towson University in Maryland. She is the author of Mobilizing Bolivia's Displaced: Indigenous Politics and the Struggle over Land _and is co-executive editor of the NACLA _Report on the Americas.
Lawrence T. Brown is a scholar, equity scientist, and Afrofuturist. From 2013-2019, he served as a professor at Morgan State University. His first book The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America was published in 2021. He now directs the Black Butterfly Academy, an educational consulting firm.