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LA Illuminator: RISE St. James co-founder Sharon Lavigne wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Sharon Lavigne, a retired special needs teacher in St. James Parish and the co-founder of the faith based environmental justice group RISE St. James has been named the 2021 North American winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting to keep multibillion dollar chemical plants out of her already polluted community in the heart of an area dubbed “Cancer Alley.”