Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson is a 2018 winner from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a 10-time winner from the National Association of Black Journalists and a Pulitzer Prize finalist and co-author of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock (2015). He can be reached at dzjphoto@gmail.com

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds
With unemployment approaching Great Depression levels, the nation is waving the white flag on controlling the coronavirus. It appears not to shock the senses at the White House or at many governors’ mansions around the country that the 76,000 deaths from COVID-19 in three months could fill the...
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The decline of EPA enforcement that has already occurred should serve as a harbinger of what is to come if this new rule dictates which water the government chooses to protect.(Photo: pxfuel) Views
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The EPA’s Dirty Water: New Rule Discards Science, Ignores Importance of Wetlands and Tributaries
Water, water everywhere and hardly a drop is being protected by the Trump administration. In its latest act of abdication, the Environmental Protection Agency published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register on April 21. The rule is scheduled to go into effect June 22,...
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The Wisconsin Experiment was a farce and a travesty. But those voters represent the fortitude and the long line we all need to join to preserve democracy. (Photo: Daniel Acker/Reuters) Views
Friday, April 10, 2020
The Election Travesty in Wisconsin Is A Wake-up Call for the Nation
As much as the denial of science is a hallmark of the Trump administration and the Republican Party, Wisconsin Republicans took things to a new level with their cynical decision to hold in-person voting in the midst of a deadly pandemic. As my scientist wife, Dr. Michelle Holmes, an epidemiologist...
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Social distancing also has created other ironies for the working poor and communities disproportionately breathing in the particulates of pollution. (Photo: Derrick Jackson) Views
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response
As much as hurricanes Katrina and Maria upended African American and Latinx families, the landfall of the coronavirus brings a gale of another order. This Category 5 of infectious disease packs the power to level communities already battered from environmental, economic, and health injustice. If...
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The heads of Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and CVS, with a combined 2019 net income of $20 billion, stepped forward to proclaim that they would each do their part in this emergency.  (Photo: The White House) Views
Monday, March 16, 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic: Science Sidelined in Trump Rose Garden Fiasco
Having paved over the science on pandemics, the Trump administration puts up parking lots. Literally. It wasn’t enough that President Trump’s Rose Garden declaration of a national coronavirus emergency on Friday disintegrated into a self-congratulatory monologue. It wasn’t enough that he trashed...
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The burden of air pollution is well documented but still one of America’s most under-reported tragedies. (Photo: Pixabay) Views
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
How the Trump Administration’s Polluted Policies Are Hurting Children
Let the children suffocate. That is the vicious message from President Trump in his proposed budget cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2021. As the Union of Concerned Scientists last week issued its new report Endangering Generations: How the Trump Administration’s Assault...
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Asbestos  is a carcinogenic mineral now banned in more than 60 nations. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Asbestos, Ubiquitous and Avoidable, Is a Deadly Threat to Our Kids
In the United States, gun violence kills nearly 40,000 people a year and has killed nearly 40,000 or so children and teenagers since 1999, and yet the nation is still without serious gun control. Another 40,000 people die each year in traffic accidents, including 1,200 children 14 and under. Yet we...
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Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, not only went against dollars and cents in pleasing his fellow polluters, he went against all scientific sense. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 24, 2020
EPA’s New Water Rule a Mockery of Science and the Clean Water Act
With the Environmental Protection Agency’s own data showing that nearly half of our rivers and streams and a third of our wetlands are in “poor biological condition,” and with millions of Americans exposed to unsafe chemicals in water systems, this is a bad time to make a mockery of the Clean Water...
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A Superfund site on the left, and the Waukegancoal plant that has been polluting groundwater with coal ash. (Photo: Derrick Z. Jackson) Views
Monday, December 16, 2019
Toxic Injustice and the Green New Deal
A sobering afternoon in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with Antonio Lopez showed what any Green New Deal must undo , let alone do. Five miles southwest of the glittering downtown Loop, this gutsy neighborhood of some 74,000 people, 85 percent of whom are Latino, is a crowning citadel of...
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A natural gas drilling rig. Views
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points
The natural gas industry is on an aggressive public relations tear to convince Americans that for decades to come, it is the “bridge” between coal and renewable energy. The campaign is loaded with disinformation. The American Petroleum Institute (API) says it’s pushing gas as a “foundation for the...
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