Four Black American women activists wearing yellow shirts and holding protest signs stand in a field near a fence.

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Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese plastics company, intends to build a complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana, a region already known as "Cancer Alley." Environmental activist Anne Rolfes faces criminal charges for a protest action she took to call attention to the company's history of harm.

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From left, Myrtle Felton, Sharon Lavigne, Gail LeBoeuf and Rita Cooper, members of RISE St. James, conduct a live stream video on property owned by Formosa in St. James Parish, Louisiana, March 11, 2020. Archaeologists have found that the land bought for a planned $9.4 billion plastics complex may include up to seven slave cemeteries. 


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