Two years ago, federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) escalated violence against people in Portland calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality. DHS agents used unprecedented amounts of teargas, pepper spray, and other chemical munitions. Thousands of Portland residents were exposed to these chemical weapons, which contain chemicals that can cause cancer and kidney and liver damage.
350PDX joined a broad coalition of environmental justice and civil rights advocates and filed a legal challenge against DHS, calling out its failure to analyze the potentially severe human health and environmental impacts before deploying chemical munitions, which is required by the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). But in a surprising move, Judge Karen Immergut dismissed this case before any of the facts had come before the court.