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 Seventy-five graduates of a training program co-sponsored by Clark Atlanta University and Dillard University are helping to clean the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, while at the same time promoting minority involvement in the construction and environmental industries.
Since 1995, the Clark Atlanta University Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC), in partnership with Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), has implemented the Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP) in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the program provides basic skills training, including academic remediation and life skills training, for residents of communities that are economically and environmentally disadvantaged.
CAU’s Dr. Robert Bullard, environmental justice watchdog and director of EJRC, said, “We are extremely proud of the graduates of this training program, utilizing their skills in hazardous waste management. In this critical clean-up effort, they are helping to make a difference in the lives of people today and far in the future.”

Chaz Ganster, an artist working in New Orleans, has turned his concerns about the relationship between fossil fuels and their products, money and Gulf Coast wildlife into a set of art he dubs the Zinc Menagerie.

Ganster describes them as a "group of small sculptures made from thrown pennies and blastoid fossils. The materials represent the relationship between money and fossil fuels, the gooey money a metaphor for the oil devastating the Gulf of Mexico."

See the whole set here.