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Penny Newman

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Penny Newman

Founder and Executive Director
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ)
environmental justice
toxic waste and pollution
community action


Penny Newman is executive director and founder of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties. She began her fight for environmental justice with the battle of the Stringfellow Acid Pits, California's worst toxic waste site. This 25-year battle of a small town against the pollution from the Stringfellow site is recounted in her book, "Remembering Stringfellow." Ms. Newman has received numerous awards during her 27 years as an environmental activist, including Jurupa's "Citizen of the Year." She was nominated as a 2005 California Senate "Woman of the Year" by Sen. Nell Soto, D-Pomona. Newman has also appeared on numerous television shows such as the "Remembering Your Spirit" segment of the Oprah Winfrey show. She was the subject of an HBO documentary, "Toxic Time Bomb."


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