Close “Reid-Hillview” Airport in San Jose: Latina Day of Action!

East San Jose airport is destroying the health of kids!

‘A Crisis on Our Hands’: Children Near San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport Exposed to Dangerously High Lead Levels, New Study Shows. [see KQED article below].

We are advocating for immediate airport closure and a community-centered vision for how the land will get repurposed.

Sat, August 7, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Hillview Park
2255 Ocala Avenue
San Jose, CA 95122.

 

 

About past event:

Join us for a cafecito, a day of action, and a amazing series of Latina guest speakers all advocating for creating healthier environments!

Our community deserves to be healthy and have access to education, economic mobility, public transportation, high-quality green spaces, shelter, and clean air.

The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley and the Close Reid-Hillview Now! Coalition, a grassroots community organization representing families in East San José invite you to a community-led canvassing event and a petition signing party to raise awareness about the environmental injustice taking place at Reid Hillview Airport.

We are advocating for immediate airport closure and a community-centered vision for how the land will get repurposed.

East San José has been historically under-resourced, redlined, and denied equitable access to educational and economic opportunities. Due to systemic negligence, residents currently face ongoing gentrification, a housing crisis, and higher rates of COVID, pollution, and poverty. The airport does not currently provide any economic or recreational benefit to the community, and the land would be better utilized in other ways.

RHA is surrounded by at least 16 schools, theme parks, and hundreds of families of color that live and work within one kilometer of the site. Studies have shown that children in East San José have higher levels of lead in their blood than children in other parts of the country. Lead exposure can cause cognitive development problems and increase the risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In adults, lead exposure can result in the decreased functioning of cardiovascular, kidney, central nervous and immune systems. Families should not have to fear their exposure to toxic chemicals while in their own communities.

 

Bring your friends, familia and comunidad to help us advocate for the communities we deserve!

Join the wonderful speakers;

  • Former Supervisor Blanca Alvarado
  • Maricela Lechuga, Airport Commissioner for Santa Clara County
  • Gabby Chavez Lopez, President of the Latina Coaliton of Silcon Valley & Planning Commissioner for Santa Clara County
  • Dilza Gonzalez, Program Coordinator, SOMOS Mayfair
  • Maria Noel Fernandez, Deputy Executive Director, Working Partnerships
  • Darcie Green, Latinas Contra Cancer.

 

Article from KQED news:

Some children living near a small airport in San Jose have dangerously high blood lead levels — similar to those found in kids in Flint, Michigan, during the peak of its water crisis — according to a new study commissioned by Santa Clara County.

The report details the findings of 17,000 blood samples collected from 2011-2020 from children under 18 years of age living near the Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose. Children downwind from the airport had significantly higher blood lead levels than those upwind, with elevated levels of 0.4 micrograms per deciliter, it found.

In comparison, lead levels found in children during the Flint water crisis were between 0.35 to 0.45 micrograms per deciliter over the baseline.

Read more here!