Voting in Rhode Island Election Stories
Environmental Justice Zones
Newport, Rhode Island is one of the most popular tourist sites in New England, with extravagant old world mansions, gorgeous beaches, and a popular downtown shopping district. Despite this, the North of Newport has been deemed an Environmental Justice zone by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. This means that this area, and the people that live there, are disproportionately affected by both environmental and public health issues. According to Charlene Traynum, the Community Outreach Director of Newport's Boys and Girls Club, issues like littering, food insecurity, and homelessness are what voters should keep in mind when electing new officials this November. She also worries that Newport residents do not receive adequate civics education from their leaders, which is another reason the midterm election is so important to this community.
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Link to story on The Hawks Herald: