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Tepid U.S. Jobs Report Adds To Economic Jitters

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The manufacturing sector has seen a slowdown amid the continuing U.S. trade war with China.

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Updated at 8:52 a.m. ET

U.S. employers added 130,000 jobs in August, according to a monthly snapshot from the Labor Department, signaling a slowdown in the pace of job growth.

Forecasters surveyed by the Reuters news service had predicted job gains of around 158,000.

The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%.

Manufacturers added just 3,000 jobs.

The jobs total would have been lower without the addition of 25,000 temporary census jobs. Job gains for the two previous months were revised downward by a total of 20,000.

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The report will be studied closely by forecasters, trying to gauge the strength of the U.S. economy, which has been sending mixed signals in recent days.

Surveys this week from the Institute for Supply Management painted starkly different pictures of the manufacturing sector — which has been battered by the U.S. trade war with China — and the much larger services side of the economy, which continues to show strong growth.

The factory sector shrank in August for the first time in the three years.

“We’ve certainly seen a divide where the manufacturing sector has weakened much more notably,” said senior economist Sarah House of Wells Fargo Securities. “But we have seen some softening in the broader service sector as well.”

Manufacturing is more sensitive than the services sector to global forces like the trade war. If the manufacturing slowdown is contained, the fallout could be limited.

“We haven’t had a manufacturing-led recession for 50 years,” said Jared Bernstein, an economist with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “[It] doesn’t mean we couldn’t. But we’re now talking about a sector that’s 8% of employment and 11% of output. Those numbers used to be three times that.”

Bernstein said that while the manufacturing sector is probably in a recession already, that need not bring down the larger economy.

“It’s not pretty and it’s not something I like to see and it’s a totally self-inflicted wound, so it’s really dumb,” said Bernstein, who served as economic adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden. “But I don’t know that it’s recessionary at this point.”

Average hourly wages rose by 11 cents in August, to $28.11, for an average annual increase of 3.2%.

Wage gains and low unemployment helped to fuel strong consumer spending during the spring and summer.

“Household consumption right now is propping up the U.S. economy,” said Joe Brusuelas, chief economist for the audit and consulting firm RSM. “We’ll see if the uncertainty tax that’s been placed on the economy by trade policy begins to adversely influence consumer attitudes.”

A significant chunk of consumer spending is now going to non-traditional retailers. The retail sector continued to hemorrhage workers, shedding 11,000 jobs in August.

Although wages have been rising faster than inflation, boosting consumers’ real spending power, the gains have remained relatively modest.

“We would expect the wages to move sideways for a little bit here as companies try to grapple with” tariffs, said House of Wells Fargo Securities. “For those companies directly affected, the pressure on their margins means that they might not be able to offer quite as much to their employees.”

There was some positive news in the monthly report. The labor force participation rate jumped two-tenths of a percentage point to 63.2%. And the average workweek rose by a tenth of an hour.

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Demi Lovato faces her ‘biggest fear’ with bikini snap showing off her cellulite: ‘This is what I got’

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Demi Lovato faced her “biggest fear” by sharing a new picture of herself in a leopard-print bikini without any editing.

The picture, which was taken during a trip she took to Bora Bora earlier this summer, shows the 27-year-old singer posing in a pool up to her knees while looking over her shoulder. She puts her backside on display and, in a lengthy caption, Lovato explains that showcasing her cellulite was a point of anxiety for her.

“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!! I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body,” she explained.

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Lovato previously turned heads with a handful of snaps in the same bikini while on the same trip. However, she now admitted those pictures were edited.

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“Yes the other bikini pics were edited — and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth,” she wrote.

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She continued: “This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards. So here’s me, unashamed, unafraid and proud to own a body that has fought through so much and will continue to amaze me when I hopefully give birth one day.”

The star was likely referencing her previous battles with eating disorders, drug addiction, mental illness and her near-fatal overdose in July 2018.

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“It’s such a great feeling to be back in tv/film while not stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet s—,” she explained. “Anyway, here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me. And you should love you too! Now back to the studio.. I’m working on an anthem..”

The star concluded her post with a note explaining to fans that, despite the body-positive snap, she’s not 100 percent happy with the way she looks. However, she notes that being appreciative of her body is the best she can do.

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Lovato later took to her Instagram Stories to note that she’s still anxious about having posted the picture but was finding her followers’ love and support calming. She even posted a few images of fans recreating her pose and showing off their own “CELLULIT” figures.

This isn’t the first time that the singer has taken a stand when it comes to her looks. In March, she blasted a report about her “fuller figure” by writing: “I am more than my weight.

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“I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes,” she explained at the time. “Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder.”

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Silicon Valley bigwig buys $100M Malibu mansion

More than a year after he left Facebook over privacy disputes, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum has decided to plunk down some of the riches bestowed upon him by the social network on a $100 million mansion.

Koum purchased the longtime Malibu estate of NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, according to Variety. The estate, which includes 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths in the 13,693 square-foot house and a couple of guesthouses, was originally listed for $125 million. Built in the late 1990s, the property sits on a 3-acre blufftop lot that overlooks Paradise Cove.

Some of the other features included in the luxurious living space include a sculptural floating staircase, a wall of glass, clerestory-style windows and a chef-accommodating kitchen. Also included are a pool, a professional-grade home theater and a two-story library and gallery.

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Koum, who also owns several pieces of property in Silicon Valley, will move into an area that counts Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and music mogul Jimmy Iovine as neighbors.

The WhatsApp co-founder has a rather expansive real estate portfolio, including a high-tech converted warehouse in Burlingame, Calif., where he stores part of his vast car collection; an $8.5 million mansion in Atherton, Calif.; and a $5.5 million mansion in Hillsborough, Calif., Variety added.

He also owns another $100 million property in Atherton that sits on 5.6 acres and includes multiple mansions, swimming pools and a 10,000+ sq. ft. garage.

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The Paradise Cove property has a storied history, with Meyer acquiring the formerly vacant land in 1997 from his former partner at talent agency CAA, Mike Ovitz, for $5 million. Ovitz, who purchased the property because he knew Meyer wanted it, admitted in 2016 that he regretted swooping in to buy the home.

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“One of the reasons I made that mistake is I didn’t have him to advise me not to do that,” Ovitz was quoted as saying. “That’s the way it went in our relationship.”

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Facebook bought WhatsApp, which now has over 1 billion monthly active users, in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock, making it one of the largest acquisitions ever in the tech industry.

The Ukrainian born Koum left the social network in May 2018 amid reports that he had clashed with WhatsApp parent company Facebook over data privacy issues.

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Rudy Giuliani blasts Bill de Blasio’s tenure as NYC mayor: ‘It breaks my heart’

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani lashed out at the Big Apple’s current mayor, Bill de Blasio, Friday on “Fox & Friends,” saying it “breaks [his] heart” to see the direction of the city.

Giuliani took particular issue with rising homelessness in New York City, which reportedly reached a record earlier this year.

“Homelessness was gone and homelessness should be gone,” Giuliani said. “There’s a way to look at homelessness that these liberals just don’t get. When I see a city with homeless people, I see a city with a mayor who doesn’t give a damn about people, because if you give a damn about people, you don’t let them lay on the street.”

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Giuliani said during his administration police officers were directed to intervene and offer to bring people to homeless shelters.

He said he disagrees with his mayoral successor, Michael Bloomberg, on many political issues but credited him for turning over to de Blasio the “best-run city” in the country.

Host Brian Kilmeade asked Giuliani about de Blasio’s claim that he has improved the city since taking office in 2014.

“He must be smoking something,” Giuliani jokingly responded.

De Blasio appeared Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he was pressed by Carlson on his floundering presidential campaign, his push for gun control and much more.

He said he plans to stay in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, with the goal of making the October debate stage.

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“I’ve said very clearly my goal is to get into those next debates — and that’s a month away until that cut-off period,” he said. “I’m going to put ideas out there that I think are going to be meaningful for people. Even a $1 donation helps me to get into the next debates.”

The New Yorker added that his experience running America’s largest city is good grounding for the skills needed to execute the office of the presidency.

He cited what he considered “real, serious foundational changes” in New York and likened his current role to that of a chief executive.

A recent New York Post article claimed de Blasio spent only seven hours at City Hall in the month of May, when he launched his presidential campaign.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Won’t Run for President in 2020

Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks who took steps earlier this year to prepare to run for president as an independent, announced Friday that he was abandoning those plans.

In a letter to supporters, Mr. Schultz said he had concluded that an independent bid would pose too great a risk of helping President Trump win a second term.

“Not enough people today are willing to consider backing an independent candidate because they fear doing so might lead to re-electing a uniquely dangerous incumbent president,” Mr. Schultz wrote.

Mr. Schultz, 66, said he did not want to interfere in 2020 should Democrats select a more moderate nominee. He criticized the party’s more progressive candidates, writing, “I’m also concerned that far-left policy ideas being advanced by several Democratic candidates will further alienate voters who believe those ideas will inflict more economic harm than good.”

The announcement caps 15 months of speculation about Mr. Schultz’s intentions. During that span, the Democratic primary field ballooned to as many as 24 candidates and has since shrunk back down to 20. There have been two rounds of nationally televised Democratic debates, with a third debate scheduled for next week.

One of the Democrats in the race, Tom Steyer, is a billionaire like Mr. Schultz. Despite spending millions of dollars of his own money on advertising, he failed to qualify for next week’s debate because of low support in polls.

In June 2018, Mr. Schultz announced he would leave Starbucks after more than three decades leading the company, immediately stoking speculation about a 2020 run. He did little to bat away the possibility at the time, saying he was “deeply concerned” about the country.

Seven months later, in January, Mr. Schultz said he planned to travel across the country as part of a book tour, and that he had begun the work required to get on the ballot in all 50 states. He said that if did he decide to run, he would do so as an independent, arguing that moderate Republicans and Democrats alike were “looking for a home.” and

His move toward a run instantly drew criticism from both high-profile Democrats and President Trump, beginning what would become months of public pleading by those who worried that an independent bid would only help Mr. Trump achieve re-election by splitting the anti-Trump vote.

Within days of his January announcement, Mr. Schultz drew protests in his hometown, Seattle, the city where he built a modest coffee-bean retailer into a global behemoth and grew his wealth into the billions.

Mr. Schultz also suffered a back injury in April, which he cited in his letter on Friday as one factor in his decision.

Mr. Schultz said that the money he had been prepared to spend on a presidential campaign would instead be invested “in people, organizations and ideas that promote honesty, civility and results in our politics, and that move the country beyond two-party gridlock.”

“Among my early efforts will be to advocate for increased national service opportunities for young people,” he said. “I will continue to work with my wife, Sheri, supporting our nation’s veterans and opportunity youth at the Schultz Family Foundation. And I will personally continue to encourage business leaders to play a larger role in creating access to opportunities for people in the communities they serve, and beyond.”

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Hurricane Dorian lashes North Carolina's Outer Banks as Category 1; still awaiting landfall

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Hurricane Dorian howled over North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday, lashing the low-lying barrier islands as a weakened Category 1 storm.

The storm’s powerful winds still knocked out power at almost 200,000 homes and businesses across the state as massive waves threatened buildings along the coast.

Dare County, which includes North Carolina’s Outer Banks, remained under curfew Friday morning, with access to the coastal county restricted. Meanwhile, further north, a round of evacuations were also ordered for Virginians in harm’s way. 

“Dorian should remain a powerful hurricane as it moves near or along the coast of North Carolina during the next several hours,” the National Hurricane Center said.

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A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather station at Cape Lookout, located inside the western eyewall of Dorian, reported sustained hurricane-force winds of 74 mph, the hurricane center reported early Friday.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the agency said Dorian’s center was 25 miles east of Cape Lookout moving 14 mph northeast with winds up to 90 mph, forecasters say.

Wilmington saw heavy rainfall with as much as 15 inches forecast that could cause dangerous flash floods. Trees bent in the wind and traffic lights swayed.

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In South Carolina, Dorian created tornadoes Thursday that ripped off roofs and flipped trailers. A quarter of a million homes and businesses were left without power.

“People have to realize it’s not just about the center” of the storm, said Ken Graham, director of the hurricane center. “You have to look at the whole storm.”

Historic downtown Charleston saw up to a foot of water on some streets, and gusts reached up to 80 mph in some areas. Flash floods did not overwhelm Charleston as much as anticipated, but Georgetown, Horry County and other areas north of the city would probably get more water, Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday.

About 150 evacuees were camped out at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, speedway spokesman Scott Cooper said.

Consider this: Dorian is cranking up tornadoes along the Carolina coasts

At least four deaths have been attributed to Dorian in the mainland U.S., which all involved men who died in falls or were electrocuted while preparing for the storm in Florida and North Carolina.

At least 20 people were killed in the Bahamas as Dorian decimated much of Grand Bahama and Abaco islands over the weekend when the storm stalled a Category 5 hurricane.

Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY; Brian Gordon, Asheville Citizen Times; Associated Press

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Placido Domingo’s 2020 Dallas Opera event canceled amid new allegations of sexual misconduct

The Dallas Opera has canceled a 2020 Placido Domingo event due to harassment and groping allegations against the opera superstar.

The opera said Thursday the gala had been set for March 11 but was taken off the calendar due to “ongoing developments regarding allegations made against” Domingo.

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Eleven women have come forward in an AP story published Thursday with new allegations of sexual misconduct against Domingo.

In a statement, Domingo’s spokeswoman said the new allegations were riddled with inconsistencies, but she provided no specifics.

Spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer did not immediately respond to an email about the Dallas Opera’s performance cancellation.

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In this Nov. 5, 1994 file photo, Placido Domingo performs in the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Herodiade” in San Francisco. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the San Francisco Opera said it is canceling an October concert featuring Domingo after the publication of an Associated Press story that quoted numerous women as saying they were sexually harassed or subjected to inappropriate behavior by the superstar. (AP)

Nine women previously told The Associated Press that they had been harassed by the star.

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In the weeks since that story was published, the women have shared new stories about encounters with Domingo, currently the general director of Los Angeles Opera, that they said included unwanted touching, persistent requests for private get-togethers, late-night phone calls and sudden attempts to kiss them on the lips.

Several additional backstage employees described for the AP how they strove to shield young women from the star as administrators looked the other way.

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Taken together, their stories reinforce a picture of an industry in which Domingo’s behavior was an open secret and young women were left to fend for themselves in the workplace.

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Green Bay Packers’ Tramon Williams takes shot at Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky after win

The Green Bay Packers put on a great defensive showing to back up quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ lone touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the second quarter in their win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams took a shot at Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after the win and expressed his confidence about his team winning the ball game because of the opponents’ quarterback play.

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“We wanted to make Mitch play quarterback,” Williams told reporters after the game, according to The Athletic. “We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch play quarterback, that we’d have a chance.”

Trubisky was 26-for-45 with 228 passing yards and an interception. He was also sacked five times.

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Adrian Amos had the one interception for the Packers, while Williams had three tackles.

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Green Bay Packers’ Preston Smith sacks Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. The Packers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Packers won the game 10-3.

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Williams is in his second season with Green Bay. He played all 16 games last season and had 54 total tackles.

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Environmental Justice Was a Climate Forum Theme. Here’s What It Means.

The presidential candidates at the CNN climate forum on Wednesday repeatedly emphasized how climate change is hurting low-income communities and people of color, reflecting a growing awareness among Democrats that many of the problems they seek to address are inextricably tied to racism, poverty and other forms of discrimination and inequality.

Nine of the 10 participating candidates — all except former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — named or clearly alluded to environmental justice, a framework that calls for environmental policies to explicitly address racial and economic disparities exacerbated by a warming planet.

It was an acknowledgment, as several candidates put it, that decades of racist and classist policies have concentrated people of color and poor people in the most polluted communities, and that those most immediately and severely affected by climate change are often those with the fewest resources to respond.

The environmental justice movement “embraces the principle that all communities and all people have a right to equal protection of our environmental laws,” said Robert Bullard, a professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University who pioneered the movement. “It’s equal access to the good things that make communities healthy, but also making sure that no community is overburdened because of their income or because of their race or their geographic location.”

That overburdening is plain to see. When a storm like Hurricane Dorian makes landfall, the people in its path are generally the ones who couldn’t afford to evacuate or who had nowhere to go. Poor people — a disproportionate percentage of whom are people of color — cannot afford to rebuild the way wealthier people can, and their infrastructure is often less resilient and more prone to damage in the first place. Afterward, communities of color often get less attention and federal aid.

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Just consider the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, or to Hurricane Irma in Florida. Then look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Climate change is not the only problem. Because of decades of housing discrimination — including redlining, as Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., specifically noted — people of color are much more likely than white people to live in polluted neighborhoods. Their water is more likely to be contaminated, as in Flint, Mich., and Newark. They are more likely to have asthma and other health problems caused or aggravated by dirty air.

Environmental justice involves “connecting the dots of the day-to-day challenges and the decisions we made,” and identifying “the opportunities that we have to make some different decisions so that we can have more equitable outcomes,” said S. Atyia Martin, a distinguished senior fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute and the founder of All Aces Inc.

Leading candidates like Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts did not mince words in Wednesday’s forum. Climate policies, Ms. Warren said, must be designed to help “people who have been displaced, workers who have been displaced, people in communities of color who have for generations now been the ones where the toxic dumps got sited next to their homes.”

Several candidates proposed a variety of policies related to environmental justice.

  • Mr. Buttigieg promoted his “Douglass Plan” to combat systemic racism, including in housing and health care, and to provide funding for environmentally vulnerable communities.

  • Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, said he wanted to increase funding for the National Flood Insurance Program to help low-income Americans recover from natural disasters.

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota highlighted her carbon pricing proposal, revenue from which would be used to “make sure that people are basically held harmless” when climate change damages their homes or livelihoods, she said.

  • Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas said he would use revenue from his proposed cap-and-trade system to help people in polluted neighborhoods and flood-prone coastal areas.

  • Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur, promoted his $1,000-a-month universal basic income proposal. “That would help citizens of this country protect themselves in a natural disaster, because we all know when Hurricane Dorian or Hurricane Harvey hits, who suffers?” he said. “Poor people, people of color, people who don’t have a car they can get into and just drive to some relative’s house.”

Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California have gone further, making environmental justice a central theme of their overall climate plans. Earlier in her career, Ms. Harris created an environmental justice unit within the San Francisco district attorney’s office, a point she noted on Wednesday. She and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also introduced legislation in July that would require the government to evaluate environmental policies based on their effects on low-income communities.

The very presence of environmental justice as a topic of discussion in a major presidential forum was noteworthy and reflects broader shifts in the Democratic Party. In many policy areas, from climate change to abortion, candidates have begun to explicitly emphasize socioeconomic disparities — and, in particular, the impact of generations of systemic racism.

But Dr. Bullard said much more was needed.

“The climate proposals that candidates have pushed out are aspirational, and I commend them for doing that,” he said. But, he added: “Breathing clean air should not be aspirational. It should be experiential. Clean drinking water in Flint or Newark — that’s something that should not be aspirational. We should be able to drink clean water right now, not 20 years from now.”

Dr. Martin said that while she was very glad the discussion was happening, it had been oversimplified and, at times, reinforced stereotypes of powerlessness surrounding poor people and communities of color. Environmental justice plans should not only benefit marginalized communities, she said, but also bring them into the policymaking process.

“We have an opportunity to have a more sophisticated and nuanced conversation,” she said.

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