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GreenLatinos Living Legacy Award The City Project

“Environmental justice heroes.” Members of Congress Raul Gallegos, Jimmy Gomez, and Nanette Barragan present the Award.

 

National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee Report on Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

Top 5 most downloaded NASEM reports 2017!

 

Presidential Memorandum Diversity and Inclusion in Public Lands and Waters – Reimagining Conservation Next 100 Coalition

 

Why is this park here? Community Agitation Grand Opening L.A. State Historic Park Cornfield Oral History

“This brought tears to my eyes.” Erica Flores Baltodano, Civil Rights Attorney.

 

Smithsonian Anacostia Newsletter

A Moral, Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Health Issue

Community Driven Collaborations for Park Access and Health Equity in L.A.

 

 

Congressional Testimony #DefendOurMonuments

 

Whitewashing the L.A. River? Displacement and Equitable Greening

 

San Gabriel Mountains: A Symbol of Environmental Justice

 

Revitalizing the Lower L.A. River and Beyond: Voices from Maywood – A Series, by Tim Mok

 

Physical Education Enforcement Works! UC Berkeley

 

Court Upholds Right of Human Experiment Victims in Guatemala to Seek Justice

 

National Public Lands Day 2017 Best Practice Mulitcultural, Bilingual, International – AYSA, NEEF, The City Project & More

 

Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Residency: Radical Imagination

 

Parar la pared para proteger a personas, vida silvestre, lugares y valores #stopthewall

In English

 

Civil Rights Heroes and Friends

Remembering Prof. Miguel Méndez Stanford Lawyer Magazine

Richard Larson NAACP Legal Defense Fund, MALDEF

 

Dr. James Weinstein Improving Health Equity and Health Care The Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Weinstein writes:

Equality and equal opportunity are deeply rooted in our national values, wherein everyone has a fair shot to succeed with hard work.

That said, there remain unacceptable disparities and inequities in our society and around the world. Until we deal with the social economic determinants of health we will not move the curve to the right and we will remain below the 50th percentile in many national health indicators.

In this model we address the current structural inequities and biases as well as, socioeconomic and political drivers of health inequities. The unaddressed persistence of racism, might allow parts of a nation to move our current health equity distribution to the right, but only for some of the people, not all of the people. . . .

Most all of the ‘‘social determinants’’ are very pragmatic and easily understood but have been more difficult to implement than need be. Being educated is essential on a journey to health equity. Food and housing, which many take for granted, is simply not so, especially for those who live in the shadows of our great society. Safe places, ones’ physical environment, and housing are essential components for a healthy, equitable society. Growing up next to a factory where sulfur dioxide levels that exceed environmental protection agency (EPA) requirements, absent open spaces to play, and the inability to walk to school without fear of being shot; obviously have immeasurable negative, lifelong consequences. Fortunately, most of us fail to appreciate the consequences of such inequities, as they aren’t part of our normal environment. Having decent health services, decent wages, are simply not available in many of our nation’s largest and best known cities, as many rural parts of this great nation.

As we’ve rebuilt, re-gentrified our cities, we’ve increased the tax base for any given city, all-the- while, simultaneously moving those less fortunate into diaspora. In so doing we displace those who can least afford to be moved to remote areas; lacking the necessary transportation to even consider jobs, now located at distances far from their place of housing. Therefore, the committee added, transportation to the traditional, eight ‘‘social determinants.’’ Absent new bus/train routes there is no chance these communities have equitable opportunities.

Our future is our children. Growing up in structurally inadequate areas with few safe spaces to play, nor accessible routes to walk or bike paths to school have a devastating long- term impact. Similarly, their neighborhoods may be food deserts; having small food outlets and fast-food restaurants that sell unhealthy food and sugar drinks. They lack fresh and healthy foods at affordable prices. Thus, addressing our country’s obesity epidemic is also a fight for health equity.

Editorial, Dr James N. Weinstein, Editor-in Chief, Spine
How Do We Move Beyond Regression to the Mean? Improving Health and Health Care PDF
Volume 43, Number 2, pp 73–75

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017) committee report.

The Report at a Glance www.nationalacademies.org/promotehealthequity.

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Parar la pared para proteger a personas, vida silvestre, lugares y valores #stopthewall

El muro fronterizo entre Estados Unidos y México amenaza a las comunidades marginadas y a las especies en peligro de extinción, además de encarnar odio y división.

In English

La región fronteriza es sagrada para los pueblos indígenas como los tohono o’odham, cuyas tierras ancestrales se extienden en ambos lados. Rutinariamente, las familias cruzan para realizar prácticas y reuniones culturales y religiosas. También es hogar de los pueblos hohokam, apache, yaqui y quechan, entre otros. Una gran mayoría de los habitantes de las comunidades a lo largo de la frontera son de color y de bajos ingresos, o son niños. Más de 90 especies amenazadas y en peligro de extinción cruzan la frontera de 2,000 millas para alimentarse, reproducirse y desarrollarse, incluidos jaguares, ocelotes, chorlos nevados, búhos pigmeos y el escaso lobo gris mexicano. Muchas especies no se encuentran en ninguna otra parte. Las tierras fronterizas incluyen cañones de ríos, estuarios, acantilados y dunas de arena. También se encuentran en esta región sitios como el Parque Nacional Big Bend en Texas, el Monumento Nacional Organ Pipe Cactus y el Bosque Nacional Coronado en Arizona, siete refugios nacionales de vida silvestre, docenas de parques estatales y áreas silvestres.

En el lado mexicano de la frontera, El Pinacate y la Reserva de la Biosfera Gran Desierto de Altar, declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, se extiende por casi 2,800 millas cuadradas en el desierto de Sonora. El Parque Nacional del Cañón de Santa Elena, que inicia en donde termina el Parque Nacional Big Bend y el Parque Estatal Laguna Madre, el cual llega hasta la costa del Golfo, está protegido por ambos países como uno de los hábitats de aves más importantes del mundo. Las investigaciones demuestran que los beneficios de los parques y la recreación incluyen diversión, salud y bienestar y presentan alternativas ante problemas como las pandillas y el crimen. En los Estados Unidos, las personas gastan $887 mil millones de dólares anuales en actividades de recreación al aire libre, creando 7.6 millones de empleos. Las empresas y ciudades fronterizas también se benefician del comercio transfronterizo. Los parques unen a las personas y fomentan la protección del medio ambiente. La falta de parques y espacios abiertos afectan negativamente a las personas en muchas áreas, especialmente a los niños de color y a aquellos que viven en situación de pobreza. La expansión del muro fronterizo perjudicaría la construcción de comunidades interculturales, el comercio, la recreación y la diversión además de dañar la vida silvestre y el paisaje.

Historia del muro fronterizo y acciones legales

La estrategia del gobierno de los Estados Unidos para militarizar la frontera comenzó a mediados de la década los 90. El Paso, San Diego, Nogales y otras ciudades fueron fortificadas con muros, lo cual obligó a los inmigrantes indocumentados a cruzar a través de zonas más remotas. Aunque esto no frenó la inmigración, sí sirvió para aumentar el daño ambiental a medida que los migrantes y las autoridades empezaron a recorrer lugares que antes eran prístinos. Las autoridades sabían que el número de muertos aumentaría. En los últimos 20 años, más de 6,000 personas han muerto al intentar cruzar la frontera. En 2005, el Congreso de los Estados Unidos otorgó al secretario de Seguridad Nacional la autoridad para suspender leyes relacionadas con los muros fronterizos. Más de treinta leyes relacionadas con el medio ambiente, los indígenas americanos y la protección de sitios históricos fueron suspendidas para los siguientes años bajo la Ley REAL ID y se construyeron cientos de millas de barreras fronterizas con poca o ninguna revisión. Se crearon miles de kilómetros de caminos. La nueva infraestructura fronteriza a menudo se construyó en lugares mal planeados con una infraestructura deficiente, lo que provocó inundaciones, erosión y daños a la propiedad privada y a territorios públicos.

Esta infraestructura bloqueó las migraciones de vida silvestre a gran escala. En la actualidad, 650 millas de barreras bloquean un tercio de las 2,000 millas que conforman la frontera. Aproximadamente 300 millas son muros fronterizos y el resto está compuesto por barreras vehiculares que permiten que la mayoría de la fauna circule libremente. Según los planes actuales para la construcción del muro propuesto, el cual tendría un costo de hasta $70 mil millones de dólares, esto cambiaría y traería consigo caminos, luces e incluso más actividad humana. En 2017, el representante de los EE. UU. Raúl Grijalva y el Centro de Diversidad Biológica, presentaron una demanda que busca que se realice un análisis exhaustivo de las políticas fronterizas en virtud de la Ley de política ambiental nacional. El congresista Grijalva, quien representa parte de la región fronteriza de Arizona, apoya a actores sociales en materia de justicia igualitaria y medio ambiente. También se entabló otra demanda contra los prototipos del muro construidos cerca de San Diego en un hábitat crítico para especies en peligro de extinción que se planea reemplace 14 millas de muros cercanos.

Comunidades cercanas a los muros fronterizos: ¿Quién vive a lo largo de la frontera?

La inmigración indocumentada ha ido disminuyendo de manera continua desde su punto máximo en 2007. La mayoría de las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos sin papeles llegaron aquí legalmente y se quedaron más tiempo del permitido por sus visas. Aunque el número de cruces fronterizos ha disminuido, el número de muertes de migrantes se ha estado incrementando. Diversos estudios demuestran que lo más probable es que la expansión del muro propuesto no frenará la inmigración indocumentada, el tráfico de personas o el contrabando de drogas, sino que será perjudicial para las personas que viven en la región fronteriza.

La mayoría de los habitantes de las comunidades fronterizas son principalmente de color y de bajos ingresos, con limitado poder político. En los 32 condados estadounidenses fronterizos viven 6.5 millones de personas, de las cuales 1.8 millones son niños, quienes se llevarán la peor parte de la construcción, de la degradación del medio ambiente y de la salud, así como de otros problemas que se derivan de la suspensión a diversas leyes en virtud de la legislación REAL ID.

La oposición al muro fronterizo

Cada vez más coaliciones lideradas por la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC), GreenLatinos y el Centro para la Diversidad Biológica (el Centro), que representan a cientos de comunidades de derechos civiles, religiosas, ambientales, de salud, indígenas, LGBT y fronterizas, están trabajando juntas para proteger a los residentes y al bienestar cultural y ambiental de la región fronteriza.

Los movimientos de base también trabajan para que los funcionarios gubernamentales respalden a las comunidades fronterizas contra una mayor militarización de las fronteras de los Estados Unidos. La campaña del Centro ayuda a gobiernos de los estados, ciudades y condados con estas resoluciones. Más de 25 ciudades y condados, desde Berkeley, California, hasta McAllen, Texas, aprobaron recientemente resoluciones contra el muro.

El muro es una afrenta a las personas, la vida silvestre, las regiones y los valores. El muro afecta a espectaculares tierras públicas que pertenecen a todos y deben ser preservadas para nuestros hijos y cierra la puerta a la justicia y a la dignidad humana.

Un resumen de la vida a lo largo de la frontera:

  • El 52 por ciento de la población es de origen latino, en comparación con el 15 por ciento en el resto de los Estados Unidos.
  • El 37 por ciento de los niños en la frontera vive en situación de pobreza, más del doble del promedio nacional del 17 por ciento.
  • El 84 por ciento de los que viven a menos de una milla de la frontera son personas de color.
  • Tres de los 10 condados más pobres de los EE. UU. se encuentran ubicados en la región fronteriza.
  • El 21 por ciento de los condados fronterizos se encuentra en vulnerabilidad económica.
  • El 41 por ciento de los indígenas que residen en la zona fronteriza vive en situación de pobreza o por debajo del nivel de pobreza.
  • La tasa de desempleo en el lado estadounidense de la frontera es de dos a tres veces más alta que el promedio de los EE. UU.

Marta A. Segurais es la directora de participación del sur de California en el Centro de Diversidad Biológica. Robert García es director- consejo y fundador de The City Project / Proyecto del Pueblo y profesor asistente en la Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Foto superior: Russ McSpadden / Centro para la Diversidad Biológica / Las montañas Huachuca en Arizona, donde habitan el jaguar, el ocelote y otras especies en peligro de extinción.

Foto inferior: Cumbre 2017 de GreenLatinos / Niria Alicia Garcia, becaria, Honor the Earth / The City Project.

Este artículo también está disponible en línea en la columna de equidad social de la revista Parks & Recreation de la NRPA y en la edición impresa (diciembre de 2017). Descargue el PDF. (NRPA es la Asociación Nacional de Recreación y Parques).

Traducción: Alianza Fronteriza de Filantropía / Border Philanthropy Partnership

Statement by NAS, NAE & NAM Presidents on Report of Banned Words at CDC #promotehealthequity

Dec. 18, 2017

We are concerned deeply by a report that staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were instructed not to use certain words in budget documents. As leaders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, we are especially stunned that “evidence-based” and “science-based” are reportedly among the barred terms.  Evidence-based advice to inform policymakers and public discourse has been the foundation of National Academies’ counsel since the creation of the NAS more than 150 years ago by Abraham Lincoln.  Evidence-based advice drove American prosperity, health, and national security throughout the 20th century, and continues to do so today. 

If it is true that the terms “evidence-based” and “science-based” are being censored, it will have a chilling effect on U.S. researchers – who may question whether their advice is still welcome – as well as on the quality of the counsel actually rendered to government. Other supposedly banned words – “diversity,” “entitlement,” “fetus,” “transgender,” and “vulnerable” – are equally important to the CDC research portfolio, and banning them is turning our backs to today’s reality.  Such a directive would be unprecedented and contrary to the spirit of scientific integrity that all federal departments embrace.  Although the guidance to CDC staff to not use certain words reportedly pertained to budget documents, it also sends a dangerous message that CDC’s broader research and public health mission could be unduly politicized as well.

Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences

C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr.
President, National Academy of Engineering

Victor J. Dzau
President, National Academy of Medicine

Link to the National Academies statement here.

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The Report at a Glance www.nationalacademies.org/promotehealthequity

Health Equity Course UCLA & Charles Drew University Medical Schools #promotehealthequity

We are offering a course on healthy equity at UCLA Medical School in 2018, with readings based on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee report Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017). The instructors are Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez, PhD, MPH; Dr. David Martins, MD, MS; Dr. Brian Cole, DrPH; and Robert García, JD.

 

Survival Stories: Lessons on how to cover climate change Columbia Journalism Review Dec 11 6-7:30 L.A. pm

Even as California emerges as the US beacon for climate change action, its residents still must grapple with the many ways in which carbon emissions and warming temperatures shape their lives. Join the Columbia Journalism Review for a discussion about how reporters can write about the local impacts of climate change in ways that will make the most difference to the communities they cover.

Hosted by Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, and Brendan Fitzgerald, director of CJR’s United States Project. Panelists include:

  • Julie Cart, staff writer, CalMatters; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for her coverage of wildfires
  • Emily Guerin, environment reporter, KPCC; Edward R. Murrow regional award-winner for her reporting for Inside Energy
  • Jonathan Parfrey, executive director, Climate Resolve; founder, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
  • Robert García, founding director and counsel, The City Project; recipient of presidential citation from American Public Health Association

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SURVIVAL STORIES: Lessons on how to cover climate change
December 11, 2017, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM (PST)
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The Columbia Journalism Review monitors the press in all its forms to ensure that journalists — at a time when their work has never been vital — are at their best. With rigorous analysis, informed opinion, and vital historical perspective, we call attention to our industry’s shortcomings and strengths and speak out for what is right and fair and decent.

Protect People, Wildlife, Places and Values, #stopthewall

The U.S.-Mexico border wall threatens marginalized communities and endangered species, and embodies hate and divisiveness.

December 6, 2017, by Marta A. Segura and Robert García

En Español

The border region is sacred to indigenous people, such as the Tohono O’odham, whose ancestral lands straddle it. Families routinely cross for cultural and religious practices and gatherings. It’s also home to Hohokam, Apache, Yaqui and Quechan peoples, among others. People along the border are disproportionately of color and low income, and children.More than 90 endangered and threatened species cross the 2,000-mile border to feed, breed and thrive, including jaguars, ocelots, snowy plovers, pygmy owls and the rare Mexican gray wolf. Many species are found nowhere else.The borderlands include river canyons, estuaries, cliffs and sand dunes. There’s Big Bend National Park in Texas, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Coronado National Forest in Arizona, seven national wildlife refuges, dozens of state parks and wilderness areas. On the Mexican side of the border, El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, spans nearly 2,800 square miles of Sonoran Desert. Santa Elena Canyon National Park picks up where Big Bend National Park leaves off, and the Laguna Madre State Park, which hugs the Gulf Coast, is protected by both countries as one of the world’s most important bird habitats.Research shows benefits of parks and recreation include fun, health and wellness, and alternatives to gangs and crime. Consumers spend $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation, creating 7.6 million U.S. jobs. Border businesses and cities also enjoy cross-border commerce. Parks bring people together and encourage environmental stewardship. The lack of parks and open spaces challenge people in many areas, especially children of color and those living in poverty. Border wall expansion would impair cross-cultural community building, commerce, recreation and fun, and harm wildlife and the landscape.<

Border Wall History and Legal Actions

The U.S. government’s strategy to militarize the border began in the mid-1990s. El Paso, San Diego, Nogales and other places were fortified with walls, forcing undocumented migrants to cross through more remote areas. This failed to stem immigration, and served to increase environmental damage as migrants and law enforcement moved into formerly wild sites. Officials knew the death count would rise and, over the past 20 years, more than 6,000 people have died crossing the border.In 2005, Congress gave the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive laws for border walls. More than three-dozen environmental, American Indian and historical-protection laws were waived in the next few years under the REAL ID Act, and hundreds of miles of border barriers were constructed with little or no review. Thousands of miles of roads were created. New border infrastructure was often constructed in ill-advised locations with poor engineering, resulting in flooding, erosion and damage to private property and public lands. This infrastructure blocked wildlife movement on a vast scale.Today, 650 miles of barriers block one-third of the 2,000-mile border. Roughly 300 miles is border wall, with the rest composed of vehicle barriers that allow most wildlife to come and go freely. Under current plans for the proposed wall, at a cost of as much as $70 billion, this would change and would bring with it roads, lights and even more human activity.In 2017, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit seeking a thorough analysis of border policies under the National Environmental Policy Act. Rep. Grijalva, who represents part of Arizona’s border region, bridges equal justice and environmental communities. Another suit challenges prototype walls constructed near San Diego in critical habitat for endangered species, and plans to replace 14 miles of wall nearby.

Border Wall Communities: Who lives along the border?

Undocumented immigration has been steadily declining since peaking in 2007. Most people now in the United States without papers came here legally and overstayed their visas. Even as border crossings have declined, migrant fatalities are skyrocketing. Studies show the proposed wall expansion isn’t likely to stem undocumented immigration, human smuggling or drug smuggling. It will hurt people living in the borderlands.

People who live along the border are primarily low-income people of color with limited political power. The 32 border counties are home to 6.5 million people, 1.8 million of them children. They bear the brunt of construction, environmental and health degradation, and other problems that stem from waiving laws under the REAL ID Act.

Border Wall Opposition

Growing coalitions led by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), GreenLatinos and the Center for Biological Diversity (the Center), representing hundreds of civil rights, faith, environmental, health, indigenous, LGBT and border communities, are working together to protect people, as well as the cultural and environmental well-being of the border region.

Grassroots movements encourage elected officials to stand with border communities against further militarization of the U.S. borderlands. The Center’s campaign helps states, cities and counties with these resolutions. More than 25 cities and counties — from Berkeley, California, to McAllen, Texas — have recently passed resolutions against the wall.

The wall is an affront to people, wildlife, places and values. The wall scars spectacular public lands that belong to everyone and must be preserved for our children, and it slams the door shut on equal justice and human dignity.

A snapshot of life along the border:

  • 52 percent of the population is Latino, compared to the 15 percent in the United States.
  • 37 percent of children live in poverty — more than twice the national average of 17 percent.
  • 84 percent of those living within one mile of the border are people of color.
  • Three of the 10 poorest U.S. counties are in the borderlands.
  • 21 percent of border counties are economically distressed.
  • 41 percent of native people in the borderlands live at or below the poverty level.
  • The unemployment rate along the U.S. side of the border is two to three times higher than the U.S. average.

Marta A. Segura is the Southern California Engagement Director for the Center for Biological DiversityRobert García is founding Director-Counsel of The City Project/Proyecto del Pueblo and Assistant Professor, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Top photo: Russ McSpadden / Center for Biological Diversity / The Huachuca Mountains in Arizona where the jaguar, ocelot, and other endangered species roam.

Bottom photo: GreenLatinos Summit 2017 / Niria Alicia Garcia, Fellow, Honor the Earth / The City Project

This column is available online at NRPA’s Parks & Recreation Magazine Social Equity Column and in hard copy (Dec. 2017). Download the PDF. (NRPA is the National Recreation and Parks Association.)

Cuba’s National Art Schools L.A. Muni Art Gallery Felipe Dulzaides & John Loomis Dec 7 @ 7pm PST LA/LA

Felipe Dulzaides, Sam García

Please join our friends Cuban artist Felipe Dulzaides and John Loomis, author of Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools, in conversation about the remarkable history and architecture of Habana’s Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools), constructed during the early days of the Cuban Revolution.

Dulzaides (b.1965 Habana) has engaged in a long-term project titled Utopía Posible (1999-2015) that investigates the architectural history and contemporary reality of the schools. He attended the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, received his MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has participated in exhibitions worldwide.

Mr. Loomis, Professor of Interior Design at San Jose State University, graduated from Stanford and has an MA in Architecture from Columbia University.

Felipe Dulzaides, Robert García

This conversation is part of Condemned To Be Modern, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (ENA) La Habana 2016

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 (map)
(323)-644-6269
lamag@lacity.org

Read the story ‘Cubanacán’ Imagines When Che and Fidel Compared Golf Swings in the New York Times

Revitalizing the Lower L.A. River: Voices from Maywood – Environmental Education means Environmental Justice

Environmental education means environmental justice to Maywood residents.

I asked residents what River revitalization plans should include in environmental education programs.

Young adults stressed the community needs to learn about disproportionate pollution burdens they experience daily, and how they can change these conditions. Maywood is disproportionately burdened by pollution and health vulnerabilities, and populated by low-income people and people of color.

One long-time community member and graduate student explains environmental education programs need to describe the reality of life in Maywood:

Talking about the environmental realities that we live in. In terms of being so close to factories. Many people work in those factories, they’ve worked there their whole lives. Thinking about how that impacts your health, because it does.

Another long-time community member and PhD student agrees:

More environmental education of chemicals, pollutants, and people’s rights! So people can know how to organize, and what their rights are, and that they have rights. They have the power to change it. Otherwise people are just gonna go on with it …

Education about environmental injustice in Maywood and Southeast L.A. can mobilize organizing efforts in the community to alleviate the environmental and health disparities they face every day.

An active community member proposes a place for sustained conversations and public art about environmental justice:

I’m thinking that something like a community arts center, that’s able to sustain the conversation. I would like to ask possibilities of even a pop-up. Doing a little information station where we’re collecting stories, and at the same time raising issues.

Maywood community members have been disproportionately exposed to pollution from the local industrial sector and demand justice. Education programs about the environmental and health impacts from pollution can mobilize residents, lead to policy change, and improve people’s lives.

This series on Revitalizing the Lower L.A. River: Voices from Maywood is based on my Master’s Thesis, An Alternative Paradigm to Revitalization of the Lower Los Angeles River: A Maywood Story (Master’s Thesis, M.S. Regenerative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design 2017).

Please email me at tmok [ @ ] cityprojectca.org if you have any comments or questions.

See Whitewashing the L.A. River? Displacement and Equitable Greening.

Photo: The Lower L.A. River in Maywood

Supermoon Baldwin Hills Dec 2017