Data collection and analysis are integral in applying the legal framework environmental justice, health equity, and civil rights to hold agencies accountable and measure progress. The City Project has relied on data, GIS mapping and demographic analyses in every organizing and legal campaign for 20 years when we started.
The U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies address the need for data collection in their regulations and guidance documents. For example, US EPA uses EJSCREEN, an online tool analyze environmental justice and health through collecting data from census tracts on health vulnerabilities, exposure to toxics, access to parks and recreation, and demographics including race, color, and national origin. This data analysis is crucial to the legal framework, advocacy, and academic studies in areas like residential segregation, fair housing and climate justice. In contrast, California’s CalEnviroScreen wrongly excludes racial and ethnic data.
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.
Map showing areas in Los Angeles that are over 1/2 mile from a park.
See other posts in the series here: https://www.cityprojectca.org/blog/archives/46022