All people have the right to work, live, learn, and advocate for safe, healthy environments. People’s CORE believes that the people most affected by environmental justice should be at the forefront of the movement. Underserved populations such as youth, people of color, and those with low income shoulder an unequal burden of health risks from industrial pollution. People’s CORE works with communities to organize residents in promoting environmental justice and advocating for policies that safeguard public health.
Clean Air Partnership (CAP)
Despite regulations put in place to limit toxic emissions, existing regulatory control is often insufficient without the input and vigilance of the communities most affected. CAP empowers residents most affected by air pollution in the South Bay by working closely with regulating agencies, conducting educational outreach, and developing local leaders in the community.
- 1. Educational Outreach
- a. Educate coalition members through AQMD’s Clean Air Congress Partners Program
- b. Educate affected residents on the health effects of pollution from nearby industries
- c. Partner with city health workers, medical professionals, educators, & community organizers to organize health fairs with free specialty care for asthma sufferers.
- 2. Leadership Development
- a. Leadership training on air quality issues through the Clean Air Congress Program
- b. Skills building and ideological training
- 3. Advocacy
- a. Coalition Leaders participate with AQMD in the policy and decision-making process
- b. Reporting of violations to AQMD and possibly conducting air sampling activities
- c. Facilitating Townhall Meeting between the community and AQMD if needed
- d. Local policy through jurisdictional government
Roots to Rebel
Healthy food is often inaccessible to low-income communities of color. Through Roots to Rebel, People’s CORE is able to maintain a network of interconnected urban growers who can meet each other’s needs while increasing their economic self-reliance. Coupled with regular community tree plantings, Roots to Rebel is able to increase the quality of air in urban settings while reducing green house gas emissions and energy costs of low-income residents.
- 1. Coalition Building = Participating residents, Youth, Schools and EJ Organizations
- 2. Leadership Development = Ideological training of core group and delegation of tasks
- 3. Skills Training = building garden boxes, farming techniques, collective decision making
- 4. Trees Company
- I. Urban Farming
- a. Link various neighborhoods together through EJ coalition to barter produce with each other
- b. Work with LAUSD and food programs to supply youth and elderly with locally-grown food
- c. Surplus food can be sold to local restaurants and Farmer’s Markets
- II. Urban Forestry
- a. Monthly tree planting events with youth around Carson
- b. Strategic planting between industrial and residential/school zones to create green buffers
- c. Plant fruit trees in low-income neighborhoods
- d. Partner with the city and organizations like Tree People for tree donations