Jul 30, 2015


Moms Fighting for More than One Breath of Fresh Air

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Around the age of two, my daughter developed asthma, resulting in numerous trips to the emergency room. I remember the long nights in the emergency room, the nebulizers and the asthma inhaler with a spacer because she was so young.

We lived in the Bronx at that time, a county with some of the highest rates of asthma in the United States. Hospitalization rates in the Bronx are about five times higher than the national average, and in some neighborhoods in the Bronx it is estimated that 20% of the children have asthma.

Asthma has been linked to a number of pollutants.

My daughter’s experience with asthma marked much of her childhood experience, from the uncomfortable asthma attacks and the daily treatments to feeling easily out of breath while running around with her friends.

This is why the Moms Clean Air Force is such an important initiative and coalition. As mothers, we do everything we can to keep our children safe, and we have the passion and the power to do so. We are strengthened by the love we have for our children to fight against air polluters. This group of concerned mothers has joined together to come out in strength to fight for all children’s right to clean air. Mothers like actress, Blythe Danner.

Join the Force at www.momscleanairforce.org/join

Call To Action: Join the Moms Clean Air Force

I have joined the Moms Clean Air Force to support the new EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, scheduled to be released on December 15 to SUPPORT strong new Mercury standards and our children’s right to clean air.

I invite you to sign up here to become part of a growing and powerful team of mothers, fathers, and concerned Americans who are fighting for our children’s right to breathe clean air.

What Are the New EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards?

In case you’re wondering, mercury is a potent neurotoxin. The developing brains of fetuses and young children are especially vulnerable to mercury poisoning. Almost ¾ of mercury air emissions come from coal-fired power plants; over 400,000 newborns are exposed to elevated mercury levels, in their mothers’ blood, every year. American coal plants produce 386,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants every year. These poisons affect every part of the human body, leading to disease, birth defects, brain damage, premature death and cancers.

The new EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards would limit emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other air toxins from power plants for the first time!
  • It is a strong group of moms with passion and power-an unbeatable combination-fighting back against polluters.
  • Moms Clean Air Force is nonpartisan because clean air should be more important than politics.
  • Visit the Moms Clean Air Force website for more information and education on how to keep our children healthy for generations to come like signing a petition asking President Obama to support the new Standards.

There are some things we simply can’t buy. Clean air is one of them…

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. This is such an inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing the important mission of Moms Clean Air Force. Our children deserve to breathe clean fresh air!

  2. Thank you so much for this blog, Angelica. Yes, the asthma rate in the Bronx is unacceptably high. All of our children should have the right to breathe clean air and be healthy.


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