Reproductive Justice NB offers our solidarity with Red Head residents who are facing an oil terminal and tank farm as part of TransCanada’s Energy East proposal. The East Saint John community on unceded Wolastoqiyik territory, already impacted by the oil industry, currently breathes air that contains levels of benzene, a carcinogen, at levels considered unsafe by Ontario. New Brunswick, like Canada, has not set a safe limit for benzene in the environment.
As we struggle for reproductive justice, we recognize that the struggle to breathe clean air, drink safe water and enjoy nature is part of that struggle. We believe that reproductive justice will exist when all people can access the healthcare they need to thrive and are empowered to decide if, when, and how to have or parent children, with dignity and support. We know that the release of toxins into our environment affects our reproductive health. We believe that the residents of Red Head and all communities directly impacted by the oil industry should be protected and supported.
Reproductive Justice NB members will be marching with Red Head residents and allies from across the province and beyond on May 30 at 1:00pm. This march is organized by the Red Head and Anthony Cove Preservation Association and is supported by groups from across the province. Join us.