Black Belt Citizens is currently fighting for equal rights in environmental regulations, access to clean air and clean water, and protection of land and sacred space. Black Belt Citizens is challenging factory farms, mega-landfills, and state policies and practices that result in water pollution, toxic waste, and desecration of sacred space. Black Belt Citizens is managing multiple campaigns for environmental justice in Uniontown including:
- Protecting Sacred Space from Toxic Waste;
Black Belt Citizens established itself to protect and defend the Uniontown community from toxic coal ash. From 2009 to 2010, over 4 million tons of toxic coal ash was dumped in Arrowhead Landfill. Black Belt Citizens members observed problems at the landfill including trespass and degradation inside New Hope Cemetery. Some of the group‘s members joined a Civil Rights Complaint with Earthjustice against the Al Department of Environmental Management for its permitting of the landfill. Residents and members are working with several organization and institutions to protect residents and New Hope Cemetery from toxic waste.
- Providing Clean Water and Working Sanitation;
Black Belt Citizens’ members and allies have worked for clean water and working sanitation in Uniontown for 5+ years. Black Belt Citizens began a human rights campaign for clean water with the support of the US Human Rights Network in 2016. Black Belt Citizens is advocating for the City of Uniontown to build a mechanical treatment plant and stop the daily sewage overflows. Since 2016, Black Belt Citizens partnered with different organizations and institutions to document access to safe drinking water, wastewater failures, and industrial pollution from multiple sources.