Collaboratives & Coalitions
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice’s work has benefited from partnerships with other communities, statewide environmental organizations, labor representatives, research institutions, and public health advocates. Some of these partners are outlined below:
The Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice (CEHAJ)- CEHAJ is a coalition of organizations, associations and community groups working to achieve environmental justice, improving air quality, community health and overall quality of life for residents living in the I-710 corridor in Southern California. CEHAJ is committed to ensuring the right of community residents to be part of the decision making process as it relates to proposed expansion projects for the I-710 freeway.
The Ports Working Group – Green LA’s Port Work Group is made up of environmental, public health, community and labor advocates who work on Port-related issues impacting the Harbor Area.
THE Impact Project – The Trade, Health & Environment Impact Project is a community-academic partnership focused on reducing the impacts of international trade on health and community life. THE Impact Project seeks to develop an information network to share knowledge on the health and community impacts of ports and goods movement and appropriate strategies for preventing and reducing those impacts.
The Moving Forward Network – The Moving Forward Network builds the capacity of network participants working to improve the freight transportation system in the areas of environmental justice, public health, quality of life, the environment and labor. The Network does this through communications to facilitate information sharing, sharing advocacy tools, funding research on emerging issues, peer to peer training, and facilitating regional and national workshops to unite network participants and attract new allies. The Network also seeks to create national campaigns and educational initiatives on policies, undertaking outreach to new partners, and developing international links. http://www.movingforwardnetwork.com/
Just Environment Long Beach (JELB) – JELB is a collaborative of organizations and individuals working to achieve systemic changes on matters of environmental health and justice in the most affected neighborhoods of North, West, and Central Long Beach. The collaborative accomplishes this through community-driven collaborative work and resident-led advocacy on a range of policy making and planning around environmental pollution and healthy, equitable land use. https://www.justenvironmentlb.org/
Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative – SELA Collaborative is a network of organizations working together to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector and increase civic engagement in Southeast LA. Founded in 2011 by eleven core organizations, the SELA Collaborative seeks to revitalize the communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon and Walnut Park. The collaborative reignited in 2016, when Supervisor Hilda Solis and the Weingart Foundation organized a bus tour to better understand this historically under-resourced yet vital area of Los Angeles County. Since then, the SELA Collaborative has completed a community-based strategic plan, engaged additional philanthropic partners, and resumed implementing the vision and strategic plan. The Collaborative will focus on three strategic areas: nonprofit capacity building, civic engagement, and data-driven research.