Teresa DeAnda won the 2005 Anthony Prize for her leadership in helping her community; Earlimart; a small; predominantly Hispanic farming community in Kern County; respond to pesticide drift. The founder of El Comit’ Para el Bienestar de Earlimart; Ms. DeAnda led a successful community-based effort that resulted in the passage of new state law (SB 319 – Florez) that requires emergency response plans for pesticide drift accidents and makes violators responsible for community medical costs. Frequently arising before dawn; Ms. DeAnda organized busloads of witnesses from impacted communities to go to key legislative meetings in Sacramento – making sure that legislators saw the faces and heard the voices of hundreds of asthma sufferers and victims of pesticide drift.
Anthony Grassroots Prize, 2005
Toxics/Environmental Health and Justice