East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice info@eycej.org 323.263.2113

Fighting for Life, 2016


 Fighting For Life 2016 Celebration

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) would like to cordially invite you to our Fighting for Life Celebration, a special event celebrating the powerful leadership of Martha Dina Argüello and Martha Matsuoka in our movements.


Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tamayo Restaurant, Art Gallery & T-Bar
5300 E. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Reception 7:00-9:00PM
Board Of Directors Reception 9:00-10:00PM 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Please contact Zully Juarez at zjuarez@eycej.org to be placed on the waiting list or call 323-263-2113.

Thank you.

~Sponsorship & Advertisement Opportunities (below)~  

Las Marthas have been essential contributors to cornerstone efforts in the movements we find our selves continuing to build today. Movements that bring race, gender, economics, toxics, goods movement, land use, government and industry accountability, health, and academia together are stronger today because of the well known and behind the scenes work of Las Marthas. They have long histories in the movement and are critical to the continuing success of EYCEJ, and many other spaces.  We hope you will join us in honoring their stories and contributing to making our visions of justice realities in the present and in the future.

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Please contact Zully Juarez for more information: 323.263.2113 or FightingForLife@eycej.org
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Martha Dina Argüello

For almost 40 years, Martha has been involved in social, health and environmental justice movements in Los Angeles. She joined PSR-LA in 1998 to launch their environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007. She is a leader in California’s environmental health and justice movement, and has expertise in environmental health, and has worked on policy issues related to climate change, pesticides and toxic chemicals. She serves as the chair of the steering committees for Californians for Pesticide Reform and Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy.  She is part of the South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities and co- founded the Los Angeles County Asthma Coalition and the Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice. In 2006 and 2013 she was appointed to the California Air Resources Board’s Global Warming Environmental Justice Advisory Committee.  Martha  committed to making the credible voice of physicians a powerful instrument for promoting social and environmental justice.

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Martha Matsuoka

Martha Matsuoka is Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Executive Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. Her teaching focuses on environmental justice, community organizing, urban policy, environmental movement history, and community-based research. Her research focuses how community-based organizations organize to influence policy and planning and currently focuses on ports and freight transportation. This work is anchored and inspired by the Moving Forward Network, a nationwide network established to transform the system of ports and freight transportation to improve public health, labor conditions, and environmental justice. She has served on many boards, including the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation (past Chair), Human Impact Partners, and APEN. She is a member of the Switzer Foundation Fellowship Network. Martha received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Occidental College.   NancyLMartinez

Nancy Martinez 

This year we will like to recognize Nancy Martinez for highlighting Exide on Eastern Group Publications (EGPNews.com) uplifting our communities voices and stories. Nancy Martinez is a currently a staff writer for Los Angeles-based Eastern Group Publications (EGPNews.com), which publishes six weekly community newspapers including the Eastside Sun, Northeast Sun, Montebello Comet, Bell Gardens Sun, Commerce Comet, and the Vernon Sun.

While at EGPNews, Nancy has covered the communities of Bell Gardens, Monterey Park, Montebello and Vernon. Her extensive coverage on the Exide plant over the last four years has led her to be a featured guest on KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? hosted by Warren Olney, Press Play with Madeleine Brand and KPFK 90.7 FM’s Deadline L.A. with Barbara Osborn and Howard Blume.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a B.A. in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and a minor in photography.

Nancy also serves as a mentor for the Montebello Unified School District’s College Bound Today program and volunteers as a benefits coach at the Veterans Resource Center located at the Commerce Rosewood Park Library.

Special Performance by:


Jade Phoenix 

Jade Phoenix Martinez is a Queer, Trans Femme, Woman of Color, First Generation Filipinx-American, Parent, LA based Performance Poet and Activist/Educator. Jade’s work is a poetic expression rooted in the multiple identities she holds and how they intersect with her day to day fight for liberation while creating and navigating our current social and political systems and structures.  Jade Phoenix is a fierce story and truth teller, a vulnerable and engaging performer, a passionate parent and informative educator, organizer and activist.

Master of Ceremonies

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Roberto Cabrales is Director of tenant organizing at Inner City Law Center since January of 2016. Prior to joining ICLC, Roberto was the Southeast LA Community organizer with Communities for a Better Environment from 2002 until late 2015 where he fought diligently alongside allies like EYCEJ to stop the construction of the Vernon Power Plant in 2009 and closing down Exide Technologies. Roberto is a recipient of the 2016 Newman Civic award at Pitzer College where he has been a student in the New Resources Student program since 2012 working on his undergraduate studies on Environmental Analysis and Chicano Studies. In late 2015, Roberto was appointed to the Health and Education Commission in the city of Huntington Park.


Fighting for Life Celebration Sponsorship

In addition to attending East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Fighting for Life Celebration, we invite you to sponsor our special event celebrating the powerful leadership of Martha Dina Argüello and Martha Matsuoka in our movements. Your contributions will in turn, support our programs, projects, and campaigns!

Sponsorship Opportunities Include:
Fighting For Life Champion- $10,000
Community Health Guardian- $8,000
Seeds of Change Cultivator- $5,000
Base Builder- $2,500
Group Gold Sponsor- $950
Group Sponsor-$650

For full details on Sponsorship Levels please email Zully Juarez zjuarez@eycej.org

Fighting for Life 2016 Advertisement Opportunities

We invite you to purchase an advertisement to display in our programming for our special event celebrating the powerful leadership of Martha Dina Argüello and Martha Matsuoka in our movements.

Purchase an Advertisement here: Fighting For Life Advertisement 

Your contributions will in turn, support our programs, projects, and campaigns!