I am deeply saddened by news that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will leave her post early next year. Every since I was in high school one of my biggest frustrations with the environmental lobby has been its lack of color and realistic approach to how people from urban communities could be involved in the movement. Lisa Jackson truly took up the cause of “greening our hoods” and news that she is leaving the Obama administration is deeply sad to hear. As a kid who was born in Los Angeles County and grew up in California’s central valley asthma was apart of life. Luckily enough I didn’t have it as bad as others, especially my younger brother, however I knew how hard it was to be a boy who couldn’t do all I wanted to because I couldn’t breath. Administrator Jackson knew the negative effects bad air policies like coal produced on urban populations and she fought hard, even against some in our own party, to bring them to an end. Americans are fortunate to have had a leader like Lisa Jackson and we should be disappointed to lose her leadership.
Executive Vice President – Young Democrats of Maryland
Joseph Lynn Kitchen Jr. is an ordained Baptist minister from Prince George’s County, MD where he serves as a community leader on issues of education reform, public transportation and youth empowerment. Joseph is Executive Vice-President of the Young Democrats of Maryland and National Policy and Platform Director of the Young Democrats of America’s Minority Caucus. He is also a former member of the WMATA Metro Advisory Council representing Prince George’s County. Learn more about Joseph’s work at www.josephkitchen.com.