Protesters at a rally in front of the Bicycle Hotel and Casino where Governor Jerry Brown spoke. They claim the governor is ignoring an enviromental crisis created by the closed Exide plant in Vernon. Photos by Antonio Mejías-Rentas

A two-hour Spanish-language special looking at the lead contamination in Eastside communities caused by the now-closed Exide battery recycling plant will air Saturday, March 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. on KPFK-FM radio.

“Peor que Flint” (Worse than Flint) will be broadcast live nationwide via Radio Bilingüe’s satellite public radio network. Concerned neighbors, community advocates, state and local officials and public health experts are set to appear in the program being co-produced by KPFK’s Enfoque Latino program and Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta. The program is part of Radio Bilingüe’s national series Hablando de la Raza, that delves into critical issues of racial injustice and interracial cooperation.

According to a press release, the two hour special is part of a series of programs meant to “dramatize the massive lead contamination ravaging entire Latino communities in East Los Angeles, an environmental disaster that has been called “worse than Flint” because of the potential numbers of residents affected going back generations”.

The title refers to the lead contamination in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, which garnered national media attention.

Photo above: Protesters at a November 2015 rally in Bell ask Governor Jerry Brown to address the environmental crisis created by the closed Exide plant in Vernon. 

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