NEVADA DOVE, FABIOLA TOSTADO, MARIA PEREZ: Don't Mess Around with The Toxic Crusaders


Thick notebooks of test results, chemical analyses and groundwater-safety studies. Not your typical teenage reading. But Maria Perez and Fabiola Tostado, both 15, and Nevada Dove, 18, pore over this stuff as closely as most kids read music 'zines. Some nights you can find them at Nevada's house, reading the latest report out loud, highlighting anything that sounds weird. Her brother calls them the Toxic Crusaders, and with good reason. As three young members of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles (CCSCLA), Maria, Fabiola and Nevada are activists in the cause of environmental health. They've handed out containers in which...

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