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At Oakland Port, Protesters Demand "Good Jobs! Clean Air!"
On July 22nd, around 3,000 people rallied at the Port of Oakland to protest against pollution and poverty. After clearing expenses, many truck drivers at the port make as little as $8 an hour and receive no benefits.
The port trucking system forces drivers to sit idle in their trucks for hours everyday while their trucks spew out toxic diesel emissions that the truckers and residents of the surrounding port communities are forced to breathe. Port diesel pollution is associated with high rates of cancer and asthma. Diesel pollution is five times higher in West Oakland than in other parts of Alameda county. As a result cancer and asthma rates are higher in West Oakland than other parts of the Bay Area.
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