Concerned Citizens of St. John in Japan

overview

robert taylor and lydia gerard in their own words

coverage on the cbs evening news

Two members of the Concerned Citizens of St. John the Baptist Parish, Robert Taylor and Lydia Gerard, traveled to Japan with the University Network to speak directly to Denka officials and shareholders about the neoprene facility that has devastated their families and community. Mr. Taylor and Ms. Gerard confronted Denka representatives outside the company’s annual shareholder meeting on June 20, 2019 in Tokyo.

Download English press release here. Download Japanese press release here.

On June 24, 2019, Mr. Taylor and Ms. Gerard spoke at a public event in Tokyo about the Concerned Citizens’ ongoing struggle against environmental racism in Cancer Alley. Event details are here.

Download event flyer (in Japanese) here.

Walter and Lydia Gerard. Walter died of kidney cancer in June 2018. Evidence suggests an association between kidney cancer and chloroprene exposure.

Walter and Lydia Gerard. Walter died of kidney cancer in June 2018. Evidence suggests an association between kidney cancer and chloroprene exposure.

Robert Taylor and Lydia Gerard en route to Japan:

robert taylor and lydia gerard address japanese media at the ministry of environment in tokyo:

Watch Cbs evening news coverage of concerned citizens’ trip to japan with the university network: