Here is Michael Williams pretending to know what Martin Luther King, Jr. would say about Obama.
Considering how Williams has enabled environmental injustice against minorities, I want to know where he gets off pretending he knows anything at all about MLK and what he might say or think. I think MLK would be extremely disappointed in Williams and his treatment of fellow African Americans.
Below are excerpts from a Declaration written by Reverend David Hudson. The full, 9 page declaration is posted at the link above.
I, DAVID HUDSON, hereby declare:
1. I am over eighteen years of age and am competent to testify to the matters stated in this declaration. These matters are within my personal knowledge, and if I was called as a witness I would testify to them.
2. I have personal experience with the Texas Railroad Commission and commissioners Michael Williams, Victor Carrillo and Elizabeth Jones with respect to discriminating against me because of religion, race and my disability. I purchased a home and one acre of land in 2002. This is land that was left to the family by my great grandfather, George Adams. He purchased 40 acres in 1907 for $279 and a mule.
3. People of color are not given the same rights and voice as no-racial minorities. Racism has multiplied from individual racism to social economic, intuitional and class. Racism in my community is alive and well and practiced with defiance. On Oct. 3, 2007, I sent Commissioner Williams and the some of the staff at the Texas Railroad Commission an e-mail and picture of an effigy of an African American with bib-overall hanging from the limb off an Oak tree across the street from our church. This manifestation of displayed racism was from the home of a Basic Energy employee. I ask for a response in regard to how I am treated as a person of color and I received no response this to me was a manifestation of a condoned activity.
4. On March 26, 2003 the EPA and the Railroad Commission met at the Antioch Church with others and me in the community. I asked a question in regards to our community being target for a saltwater waste disposal operation because of our race and Mr. Bob Wells from the EPA stated that this was a true statement. We had good clean drinking water, clean soil to farm, fresh water streams for aquatic life, a clean, noise-free environment for wildlife and a safe rural road for our children to ride their bikes and ponies. As a result of the actions of the Texas Railroad Commission and elected commissioners, I do not enjoy a contaminant-free environment and have been denied the pursuit of happiness, having to purchase another home 10 miles away because of contamination in the soil, water, creeks, bogs and springs. I’m a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War with exposure to unknown chemicals that I’m allergic to, including dust and noise.
5. I believe my community was targeted for toxic waste disposal because of our race, class and social economic status. Our community is predominantly African American and we are without clean air and recently, through the superfund of the EPA, were hooked up to a public water system. However, our soil, surface water, water well, creeks, bogs and springs are yet polluted. Our environment is in shock and has been significantly damaged because of prolonged oil and gas waste disposal activities in our community.
6. The Texas Railroad Commission and commissioners have allowed procedural requirements to be overlooked and have not taken steps to ensure compliance with documented and published guidelines. The most recent companies involved: Basic Energy Service Co. and Chevron Texaco.
Chevron Texaco has a saltwater disposal well within one mile of our community. This activity, in the heart of the local community, coupled with the lax and non-compliance with procedures, have caused devastating damages to our water, soil and environment through the following actions:
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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