Join us for a screening of the environmental documentary Rubbertown on August 14, 2019 at West Harlem Piers Park. Come to learn about environmental justice issues and to take part in a special trivia activity to win free WE ACT prizes! We hope to see you there!
Rubbertown is a documentary about the Rubbertown neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky full of heavy industrial manufacturing plants and located near a power plant and toxic landfill site - all adjacent to residential neighborhoods. The documentary follows Monika Burkhead as she tries to move her entire home to another county after suffering years of leaks, spills, and occasional explosions at the nearby facilities, as well as heightened rates of cancer and respiratory illness. The film presents the perspectives of individuals varying in race, class, and regional affiliation, all within Louisville's borders. It offers perspectives from urban areas closer to the city occupied by Black residents, and rural areas further from the city center occupied by White residents. It brings to light issues surrounding toxic environments and the struggles that go along with living in these places.