A landmark win under Pennsylvania’s Green Amendment to its constitution led Maya van Rossum to imagine much, much more. We talk with her about her book The Green Amendment: The Peoples Fight For A Clean, Safe, And Healthy Environment.
Then, in honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday this week, we re-air our 2018 interview with David Margolick about his book The Promise and the Dream. It’s about the connection between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy in the fight for civil rights.
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Maya K. Van Rossum
On November 2, 2021, New Yorkers voted to amend the State’s constitution to enshrine into law each person’s “right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.”
With the adoption of this Green amendment, New York became the third state in the nation to include environmental rights in its Bill of Rights, following Pennsylvania (1971) and Montana (1972.)
The movement to get a Green Amendment into New York’s constitution was spearheaded by the grassroots organization, Green Amendments For the Generations, founded by Maya K. van Rossum.Â The group is working to secure constitutional recognition and protection of environmental rights in every state and ultimately at the federal level.
Van Rossum writes about the Green Amendment movement in her book, The Green Amendment: The Peoples Fight For A Clean, Safe, And Healthy Environment.
David Margolick on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy
We honor Dr. King’s birthday by re-playing a long segment from our 2018 interview with David Margolick about his book The Promise and the Dream.
It’s about a story that lay hidden until Margolick uncovered it: the relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy and the crucial role that relationship payed in the passage of civil rights legislation in the US.
Listen to the the entire interview here