It’s always nice when you can have fun while supporting a great cause. You are in luck, because one of those opportunities is coming soon. Please join us on Thursday, August 8 at 5:30PM for Clean Air Coalition Night at the Bisons’ game. Tickets are only $11, and proceeds go to support the Clean Air Coalition of Western NY. It’s a double-header, so there will be plenty of action at Coca-Cola Field that night!
One principle we all share at Dolce Panepinto: the courtroom is not the only place to fight for a better, safer world. There are plenty of worthy causes in our community, and one of them is the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York. I am a board member because I firmly believe in the organization’s important mission.
The Clean Air Coalition develops grassroots leaders who organize their communities to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns. The Clean Air Coalition was formed by residents of Tonawanda, NY who took action against Tonawanda Coke, a local foundry coke plant that was releasing carcinogenic emissions into the atmosphere. Recent air samples had contained benzene levels which were 75 times higher than the pertinent EPA guideline. The Clean Air Coalition’s efforts eventually won the support of elected officials and led to a federal raid and the indictment and conviction of Tonawanda Coke’s environmental control manager. The legal battles continue to this day.
The Clean Air Coalition isn’t just about holding polluters accountable, it’s about making positive changes to improve the environment and public health. Current campaigns include: improving Buffalo’s emergency planning system; reforming campaign finance laws; dealing with the West Side’s asthma epidemic; and more.
This is an organization which is working for the benefit of all the citizens of Buffalo and Western New York. Like most charitable or public interest groups, the Clean Air Coalition is only able to do its work because of donations and volunteers. Every little bit counts. So if you don’t have plans for August 8, come out and support a group that is fighting for environmental justice.
– Sean Cooney