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DEP Virtual Community Meeting

6/28 Virtual Community Session When: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 Where: Virtual Microsoft Teams Meeting Time: 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM Link for meeting below:… *Paragraph below was taken directly from the flyer provided to us by the Office of Environmental Justice. The Office of Environmental Justice is hosting a virtual conversation for residents and community groups to discuss environmental […]

Greening for Clean Air

CRCQL is proud to present Greening for Clean Air! CHOICES, the youth wing of CRCQL, formulated this yard beautification project, and with the generous support of Tent of Life’s Tyrone Ricks and CRCQL’s summer interns, senior citizen’s of Chester have received a free landscaping and yard beautification service. Residents have been thrilled with the project thus far, and are happy […]

Never Vanguard at Covanta Incinerator

This past Saturday, June 10th, a rally was held outside the Covanta incinerator’ employee entrance to protest and inform people about Vanguard’s investment in Covanta and other polluting, destructive industry. Organized by Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), supported by CRCQL, this demonstration was part of EQAT’s Never Vanguard campaign – Vanguard being one of Covanta’s principle financiers. The demonstration began […]

Code RED Unhealthy Air Alert Declared in Philadelphia

Due to the continued downward spread of air from the Canadian forest fires, the air in Delco County is at unhealthy levels. Residents are encouraged to limit outdoor activities, close windows, and use air purifiers if possible. If you must go outside, please wear a mask–N95s are preferred. Those with lung or respiratory conditions such as asthma are greatly encouraged […]

Washington Post Reveals Covanta’s Slimy Lobbying Efforts “As the Biden administration allocates billions of dollars in new climate subsidies, environmentally challenged industries are sharpening their green pitches. The companies argue they are just as entitled to lucrative federal incentives as solar farms or electric carmakers, and are working to frame their businesses as global warming solutions. The money up for grabs from the Inflation Reduction Act […]

ABC News Covers Covanta Incinerator

ABC News, “Trashed: The Secret Life of Plastic Bag Recycling”, investigates the US plastic bag recycling system and reveals that most plastic bags do not end up being recycled, but rather wind up in various parts of the plant and in trash incinerators like Covanta’s located in Chester, PA. Zulene Mayfield, chairperson of CRCQL, delivers a heartfelt message to millions […]

Hundreds gather for 3rd Annual Environmental Justice March in Chester, PA

April 22, 2023 – Chester, PA. – Over 200 people marched and caravanned from Chester City Hall to the front of Covanta’s trash incinerator, calling for an end to acts of environmental racism.  Hosted by Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL, pronounced “circle”), the march demonstrated the need for clean air and justice for Chester City residents. Unfortunately, the […]

YES Center Chester’s Women Change Makers: Zulene Mayfield Chester’s Zulene Mayfield fondly recalls a quiet life three-plus decades ago, as a new homeowner on the city’s west end, a short driving distance from family members. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary — until word spread among neighbors of a massive trash incinerator under construction behind a fence, just feet away from her block. The Westinghouse (now known […]

Chester Justice Celebration

On July 30, 2022, CRCQL, Chester Heals, and The Yes Center collaborated with Swarthmore students working in Chester for the summer to host the Chester Justice Celebration. Youth were invited to come down to the MJ Freed Theatre from 12-3pm to learn about all the ways that the community has been able to fight injustices. Speeches were given by three […]

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