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6th Annual Fighting For Life Celebration


6th Annual Fighting For Life Celebration

Join us as we come together to uplift the work of three amazing leaders. Social Justice fighters that have been at the forefront with communities demanding an end to environmental racism.

When: Thursday June 6th, 2019

Where: Tamayos Restaurant, 5300 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Time: 6-9pm

Purchase tickets: here

Our Honorees

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation) Executive Director, Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples. Angela is from the Native Nation whose traditional territories include the area now known as Orange County.  She has been working with Native Nations, Indigenous people, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, artists, educators and educational institutions on environmental and cultural justice issues for nearly twenty years in California. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based, Indigenous-led community organization dedicated to building the capacity of Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples to protect sacred lands, waters, and cultures. She is co-founder of the United Coalition to Protect Panhe, a grassroots alliance of Acjachemen people dedicated to the protection of the sacred site Panhe and serves on the Board for the Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum & Acjachemen Cultural Center in San Juan Capistrano and on the Strategic Planning Committee for the California Indian Nations College. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. with a concentration in Critical Race Studies and focus on federal Indian law from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Angela is currently teaching Native American History at the University of California, Irvine in Acjachemen and Tongva homelands and teaches Indigenous Environmental Justice and other courses through the Environmental Studies Department at Pitzer College in the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People


Candice Kim

Candice Kim  is Climate Campaign Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she focuses on fighting pollution from oil and gas extraction. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the Coalition for Clean Air for nearly a decade—focusing on campaigns to reduce dirty diesel pollution from ports and freight transportation in the state of California. She draws upon her experience as a community and labor organizer to support community-led statewide and regional coalitions fighting to protect public health.

Her interests include informing policymakers about the effects of pollution on public health, translating public health research findings into evidence-based advocacy tools, and supporting environmental justice efforts to win healthy communities for all.

Candice received her Master of Public Health degree from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and a B.A. in fine art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a member of the Switzer Foundation Fellowship Network.

Candice is inspired by her training as an artist to create tools and resources for advocacy that are creative, accessible, and impactful. As a student organizer, she learned many protest art skills from EYCEJ Co-Founder Angelo Logan!


Ms. Evelyn Knight

Evelyn Knight, known as Ms. Evelyn in community, is a long time civil rights and environmental justice leader. Born in Africa Town, Alabama she was raised by her family who were traded during the slave ships. They were brought illegally in 1865 well after slavery had been abolished. Her family settled in Africa Town, part of Mobile 1885. Her trajectory has had her be involved with figures as notable as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement as well as marching with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the Central Valley. “In 1965, I was looking at television one afternoon and I saw the brutality being heaped upon my people in my home state of Alabama. I knew what it was like because I had experienced the racism. Later, Martin Luther King pleaded for anyone around the country to come down and help to protest the dastardly acts in Alabama,” Knight said, repeating King’s words, “Please come and help us.” And she was compelled to go and help.

It was this desire and passion for community that led her to be involved with EYCEJ as we were called in by the Long Beach community.


Location: Tamayo’s Restaurant and Gallery
Time: 6pm to 7pm VIP Reception
Reception: 7pm to 9pm
Date: June 6th, 2019

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