The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Park Service have both applied the legal framework to green access in Los Angeles and concluded: (1) there is not enough park space, especially for children of color and low-income children; (2) these disparities contribute to related health disparities such as obesity and diabetes; and (3) federal agencies and recipients of federal financial assistance are required to address these disparities under civil rights laws and environmental justice principles. These plans focus on the LA River, and the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains, respectively. Advocates from these affected communities continue the struggle to implement the legal framework to ensure equal opportunity, climate justice, and local green jobs, while avoiding green displacement.
This post is part in a series by The City Project’s UCLA Graduate Intern Alex Ruppert exploring “A Framework for Civil Rights: Environmental Justice and Health Equity,” which is included in the PRRAC book Strategies for Health Justice at pages 45-57. The framework based on combined organizing and legal strategies is written by The City Project, GreenLatinos, and The Praxis Project.
Anahuak Youth Sports Association and The City Project at the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
See other posts in the series: https://www.cityprojectca.org/blog/archives/46022