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Rep. Dillon Joins West River in Honoring President Obama’s


Environmental Legacy/Kickoff to Black History Month

As the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama is being contested by the


new administration, New Haveners gathered in West River to honor that legacy and
pass it on to the next generation.

Rep Pat Dillon joined leaders of West River, the President of the Board of Alders
Tyisha Walker, Mayor Harp, and New Haven educators at Barnard Environmental
Magnet School to kick off Black History Month by honoring President Barack
Obama’s environmental legacy. The bridge to West River Park will be named for the
former president. The celebration, initiated by Jerry Poole, Frankie White, and
activists, was preceded by curriculum on Obama environmental initiatives.

Education on President Obama’s environmental legacy could not be more timely. On


Jan 31, 2018, the day before Black History Month, the Trump administration released
its latest assault on the Waters of the U.S., which protected the West River. In theory
Trump’s actions will remove protection for tributaries. In practice the effect is more
nuanced: Connecticut statute does provide protection, and the new action will be
contested in court, but suspension of the Obama policy could affect policy of the
Army Corps of Engineers.

In addition, the West Indian Connection of Black History Month will be celebrated
Feb 23 by the Board of Alders.

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