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Articles by Sudha Nandagopal

Sudha Nandagopal is a graduate of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, and a board member of OneAmerica, an immigrant, civil-rights, and human-rights organization. She is an environmentalist who also organizes on issues of racial and income equity, social justice, and workers’ rights. You can follow her on Twitter. The views expressed here are personal and do not reflect any official organizational opinions or positions.

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Two more environmental activists.

Salina CanizalesHey, look, more environmental activists.

Philip Radford of Greenpeace and Bill McKibben of recently joined the growing crowd of people calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.

I see their leadership on this issue as a promising step. As I explained in Grist three years ago, there are many good reasons for environmentalists to be pro–immigrant rights. Yet it can still take courage for environmental leaders to talk about the important intersections between the green movement and the immigrant-rights movement.

As Radford points out, workers need stable immigration status to better fight pollution and hold politicians accountable: “Current immigration policy forces vulnerable communities to keep silent about corporate pollution for fear of having their lives and families torn apart,” he writes. In my work with Service Employees International Union, I hear of migrant agricultural workers in Washington state who, due to cuts to child-care programs, have to take their children to the fields with them. The children are then exposed to high levels of... Read more

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  • Why enviros should care about unions and collective bargaining

    Photo: Andrew ButittaIn the past few weeks, we’ve seen the fiercest attacks in recent history on collective bargaining. We’ve also seen the dramatic responses of people taking to the Wisconsin statehouse and the streets to stand together for their rights. Why are some environmentalists among them, and why should all environmentalists join the fight?    On […]

  • Can the Gulf oil spill be environmentalists’ Arizona moment?

    A May Day protest against Arizona’s immigration law.Photo courtesy th.omas via FlickrWithin a week of Arizona’s new racial-profiling bill becoming law, the “1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070” group on Facebook climbed to nearly 1.3 million people. Via Facebook and emails and phone calls, I’ve been asked to attend vigils and marches, […]

  • Why environmentalists should get involved in immigration reform

    How many enviros can you spot in this picture?Photo: Salina CanizalesI grew up in a family that sorted recyclables, reused containers until they were no longer reusable, and walked whenever and wherever we could. We turned off our lights and carefully monitored our energy consumption. We made sure that we didn’t leave the water running, […]