Barry Commoner Center Co-hosts National Day Laborer Organzing Network's Assembly

The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (BCCHE) co-hosted the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)’s regional assembly on March 11th and 12th, 2017. About 100 participants representing over 10 affiliated immigrant worker-oriented community-based organizations (worker centers), and invited guests, including Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council member (D-Brooklyn) gathered to discuss current presidential administration immigration policies and organizational responses, as well as strategic planning for the annual assembly to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area later in the year.

BCCHE forged a growing relationship with NDLON after a two-year of collaboration on a research and capacity building project with six member affiliate organizations – La Colmena, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, New Labor, Wind of the Spirit, Workers’ Justice Project, and Workplace Project, and the Labor Institute in partnership with the United Steelworkers, and Make the Road New York. Isabel Cuervo, PhD and Sherry Baron, MD, MPH presented on the outcomes of the partnership.

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Featured Project

The Barry Commoner Center directs the Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council. WHPP, which includes the Early Lung Cancer Detection program (ELCD), provides medical screening for Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear defense facility workers who may have been exposed to radiation and toxic substances such as beryllium, asbestos and industrial solvents. To date, WHPP has screened over 30,000 DOE workers.

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Current Events

Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH will lead as Chair the next meeting of the US Department of Labor's Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health. The meeting takes place on April 19th and 20th in Richland, Washington. Instructions on virtual participation are available here.

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