Bill Text: TX HR2807 | 2011-2012 | 82nd Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Congratulating Hilton Kelley of Port Arthur on his receipt of the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2011-06-06 - Reported enrolled [HR2807 Detail]

Download: Texas-2011-HR2807-Introduced.html
  82R32439 JEN-D
  By: Deshotel H.R. No. 2807
         WHEREAS, Hilton Kelley of Port Arthur has been named a
  recipient of the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize, an
  accomplishment that is truly worthy of celebration; and
         WHEREAS, Created in 1990 by Richard and Rhoda Goldman, the
  Goldman Environmental Prize honors individuals from around the
  world who are working at the local level to protect and enhance the
  natural environment; through their grassroots efforts, these
  community leaders have helped to empower their fellow citizens and
  have inspired many to stand up for their rights; the prize is
  awarded annually in April to one individual from each of Africa,
  Asia, Europe, North America, South and Central America, and the
  islands and island nations; in addition to providing the recipients
  with international recognition for their causes, the prize includes
  financial support of $150,000 to assist them in pursuing their
  work, making this the world's largest award honoring grassroots
  environmentalists; and
         WHEREAS, Hilton Kelley was recognized with this prestigious
  accolade for his efforts to fight pollution in his community and to
  secure environmental justice for residents along the Texas Gulf
  Coast; a Port Arthur native, Mr. Kelley was raised in the city's
  West Side, a predominately African American neighborhood that has
  long stood in the shadow of the area's many oil refineries and
  chemical plants; after graduating from high school he enlisted in
  the U.S. Navy; his service took him to the San Francisco Bay area,
  where he remained after his discharge from the navy as a petty
  officer second class; based in Oakland, California, he found work
  as an actor and stuntman in television and the movies and was
  admitted to the Screen Actors Guild in 1991; he also served his
  community as a youth activist and helped lead efforts to end gang
  violence; and
         WHEREAS, On a visit to his hometown in 2000, Mr. Kelley found
  his former community in decline, facing poverty, crime, and
  pollution; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has noted that
  Port Arthur has some of the highest levels of toxic air releases in
  the country, and the companies operating the plants have been cited
  with hundreds of air pollution violations; the effects of the
  emissions have been particularly evident in the West Side
  neighborhood, where Mr. Kelley discovered many people ill with a
  variety of maladies and suffering from some of the highest asthma
  and cancer rates in the state; with few job prospects, however, and
  with property values that have plummeted, most West Side residents
  have had no alternative but to stay; faced with these harsh facts,
  Mr. Kelley was inspired to move back to Port Arthur to help its
  citizens rebuild; and
         WHEREAS, Since returning to Port Arthur, Mr. Kelley has
  launched a number of initiatives that have had a significant impact
  in his community; recognizing that the city's severe environmental
  problems would have to be addressed in order to improve economic and
  social conditions, he established the Community In-Power and
  Development Association (CIDA), an organization that strives to
  empower citizens by training them to monitor emissions and air
  quality and by educating them about pollution and their rights;
  CIDA also advocates in behalf of the community by pushing for
  stricter environmental regulation and by challenging the U.S.
  Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on
  Environmental Quality to enforce existing laws; and
         WHEREAS, Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Kelley led a
  campaign that resulted in the Motiva Refinery installing
  state-of-the-art equipment to reduce emissions when it expanded its
  facility; he also helped negotiate an agreement with the company
  that included the provision of three years of health coverage for
  people in the West Side neighborhood and that led to the
  establishment of a $3.5 million fund to spur community development
  and provide job training; in addition, he guided the successful
  effort to prevent 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals from Mexico from
  being brought to Port Arthur for incineration; and
         WHEREAS, Along with overseeing the work of CIDA, this notable
  Texan serves on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory
  Council, and he speaks extensively on the environment and social
  justice; he has been the recipient of numerous honors, including
  the 2003 Environmental Justice Award from the Lone Star Chapter of
  the Sierra Club, a 2004 Ben and Jerry's Award for Environmental
  Activism, a 2006 Houston Hero Award from the Citizens League for
  Environmental Action Now, and a 2009 Houston-Galveston
  Environmental Research and Outreach Award from The University of
  Texas Medical Branch; and
         WHEREAS, With his continuing advocacy for clean air and
  environmental justice, Hilton Kelley has made a positive difference
  in the lives of countless Texans, and he is an inspiring example of
  the exceptional good that one person can accomplish; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Hilton Kelley on his receipt of the
  2011 Goldman Environmental Prize and extend to him sincere best
  wishes for continued success in all his endeavors; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Kelley as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.