An organization called “Campaign for Healthier Solutions” under the umbrella of “Environmental Justice for All” seems to be on a quest to eliminate dollar stores. They claim they want the “major stores” to adopt comprehensive chemical disclosure or management policies.
A persistent barrage of press releases over the past few months have been maligning “dollar stores” for the products they carry, which the organization claims contain toxic chemicals which may harm customers. That some stores have removed some of their products is not enough, according to the organization’s website. On Dec. 1 they organized “simultaneous demonstrations” at 60 locations, to which the press was invited.
Environmental Justice Reform says that it is seeking Chemical Policy Reform. They are organized in 13 states “building movement towards safe chemicals and clean energy…” Their website says they are working in concert with “discount retailers” against the “dollar stores,” in an effort “to help them protect their customer and the communities in which they operate, and grow their businesses…”
Environmental Justice for All functions under the umbrella of the National Humanities Center, based at Clark Atlanta University. Their website says, “A growing body of evidence reveals that people of color and low-income persons have borne greater environmental and health risks than the larger society.”
The Center goes on to explain, “A new movement has taken root in the United States, and spread around the world, that defines environment as ‘everything’—where we live, work, play, worship, and go to school, as well as the physical and natural world. This relatively new national movement is called the environmental and economic justice movement.”
They claim to be a grassroots organization confronting “environmental racism.”