by Kriszta Farkas, PSR-LA Summer Intern
The Toxies: Exposed, the 4th annual event of The Toxies, created by the statewide coalition, CHANGE, and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles, was yet another great success! By highlighting the hazards of specific “bad chemical actors” in screening short videos, the event exemplified how we can all work together to protect our neighborhoods, workers, businesses, and consumers from toxic chemicals and pollutants. Our infamous Toxies characters, expert panelists, families, and community organizers all arrived for an evening of fun and community outreach. Fun photos were taken of all wearing and showing off our signature “Toxies” masks. Then, the show began!
The audience was ushered in for the premiere of our seven entertaining and information-filled 3-minutes video series presentation on this year’s Toxies honorees – BPA, Chloropicrin, Flame Retardants, Fracking Chemical Cocktail, Lead, Mercury, and Yellow Soap. The videos received hearty applause and support from the audience, and this year’s Toxies bad actors rushed out of the room in a theatrical moment of reacting to the audience’s strong “boos”. Our panelists then convened on stage, introducing their specialties and organizations, and answering questions from our audience members. An engaging discussion ensued about the presence of specific hazardous chemicals in our communities and workplaces and what we, together, can do to fight it and protect ourselves and our communities. As the attendees made their way out of the theater, we received positive event evaluations and engagement in writing and sending out postcards to Senator Boxer to strengthen our national chemical laws.
The rest of the evening was spent enjoying delicious food – generously provided by the local Cabbage Patch Restaurant – and networking against the backdrop of upbeat music. Many thanks to all of our supporters, and for all of the great feedback that we have received this year along with the previous years! You can see all seven short videos — in English, and also available with Spanish subtitles — at www.toxies.com/exposed. These videos are now being shared in community organizing workshops and with our partners, engaging new audiences in the conversation on toxic pollutants, and inspiring everyone to action!
See select photos below and make sure to watch the video web series!