San Joaquin Valley

Case Study – Southern San Joaquin Valley: Chelsea Tu, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

We use three primary strategies to advance our land use and green zones work: Number one is advancing environmental justice communities’ priorities through local, regional, and state land use planning processes. Number two is connecting community-identified infrastructure projects to funding opportunities at the state and national levels. Number three is building community leadership, self-governance, and resilience. [More….]

San Diego Region

Case Study – San Diego and National City: Carolina Martinez, Environmental Health Coalition

Back in 2005 when we conducted a survey, the community said we want to ensure that we don’t have industrial uses surrounding the schools, specifically, and next to the homes. They also said that they needed affordable housing, that the height of the building needed to be limited to three floors to preserve the character of the community. And that no new housing needed to be built next to the freeway. The community fought really hard to move them forward, and it passed as part of the Westside Specific Plan in 2010. [More….]

San Joaquin Valley

Case Study – Fresno: Ashley Werner, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

We work both in rural communities as well as urban communities and urban fringe, unincorporated communities. All of our work we strive to ensure is rooted in partnerships, longterm partnerships, with community residents from impacted communities themselves, and we’re striving to ensure that all of our advocacy is shaped by their priorities and that, really, it’s the residents who are taking the leaderships and advancing strategies, and we’re doing what we can to facilitate their priorities and their strategies. [More….]