NYCEJA is a city-wide network that links grass roots organizations low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice.
NYCEJA is a city-wide network that links grass roots organizations low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice...
El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. Founded in 1982 by Luis Garden Acosta, El Puente currently integrates the diverse activities and community campaigns of its Center for Arts and Culture and its Community Health and Environment Institute (CHE) within its three neighborhood Leadership Centers and its nationally recognized public high school, the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. Organizing in North Brooklyn and beyond, El Puente remains at the forefront of community/youth learning and development issues and as such, initiates and impacts social policy both locally and nationally.
El Puente's mission, to inspire and nurture leadership for peace and justice, galvanized a human rights movement that toppled a proposed and legislated 55-story incinerator; shut down arguably, the City's least performing and most violent high school (in favor of smaller schools), tore down a "Wall" that segregated children in a public school (P.S. 16) by leading a month long total boycott; lead the state's most successful childhood immunization campaign; created Brooklyn's most comprehensive Latino Center for Art and Culture; built parks and open spaces as well as mapped one hundred Brownfield sites; became the first community organization ever to publish a peer reviewed, scientific article in the American Journal of Public Health; co-founded the U.S. non-violent resistance movement (principally at the United Nations) that helped bring an end to the bombing of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and inaugurated the nation's first public high school for human rights.
Lower Washington Heights Neighborhood Association is a community based organization that brings solutions to the citizens that live and work in the Washington Heights community. the organization was chartered in 1987 with the purpose of addressing safety, fair housing and the needs of the elderly. As the dynamics of the community has changed so have the concerns of the Washington Heights community. our intersts have expanded to address the environmenta of the community (Air quality, water quality, solid waste management and micro-brownfields. LWHNA seeks to improve our community's environment by ensuring it is safer, cleaner and its an affordable neighborhood.
Magnolia Tree Earth Center (MTEC) is an environmental/cultural institution listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Under the leadership of Ms. Hattie Carthan, the founder of MTEC, a Green Movement comprised of African Americans and Caribbeans was begun. Ms. Carthan spearheaded an umbrella organization to plant 1,500 new trees in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Subsequently, the Earth Center has over its two decades of existence established dozens of gardens from vacant lots. MTEC's goal is to develop the skills and attitudes among Bedford-Stuyvesant residents of all ages that will foster urban beautification, environmental awareness and develop human potential. The Center's programs and services promote community action, advance the knowledge of ecological science, the cultural arts and promote leadership skills among youth.
Make the Road by Walking is a not-for-profit, membership-led organization based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Our members are primarily low-income Latino and African-American residents of Bushwick and surrounding neighborhoods. Working within these economically marginalized neighborhoods, Make the Road by Walking fights for justice and opportunity through community organizing on issues of concern to our multi-generational membership. We promote economic justice and participatory democracy by increasing residents power to achieve self-determination through collective action.
The Morningside Heights/West Harlem Sanitation Coalition is a neighborhood group fighting for Environmental justice and educating residents about solid waste issues since 1994.
Nos Quedamos is a nonprofit community development corporation comprised of residents and members of the local business community from the South Bronx, committed to preserving their voice and vision for their community and its future. We will promote, support, and advance ideas of healthy, sustainable growth, both for local communities and the larger society.
THE Point Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. We work with our neighbors to celebrate the life and art of our community, an area traditionally defined solely in terms of its poverty, crime rate, poor schools, and sub-standard housing. We believe the area's residents, their talents and aspirations, are The Point's greatest assets. Our mission is to encourage the arts, local enterprise, responsible ecology, and self-investment in the Hunts Point community.
Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn's oldest Latino community based organization. UPROSE is dedicated to the development and empowerment of our youh, their families and the environment. The organization works in Sunset Park, Gowanus, Red Hook, Park Slope and Bay Ridge. UPROSE offers bilingual community services in schools and to neighborhood residents. It works on air pollution, lead, health open space, transportation and government policy issues through lobbying, community education, direct action and local organizing.
Founded in 1994, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) works in the Bronx River, Bruckner and Soundview neighborhoods in the South Bronx. YMPJ is a center for urban ministry dedicated to fostering peace and justice through youth and community organization and development. At the heart of YMPJ's mission is a framework, which defined young people by their potential to make social change. YMPJ promotes the development of indigenous leadership by mobilizing the already existing capacities of young people to reconstruct and sustain their community. We believe that young people have the power to mobilize, to develop their own capacity for self-reliance, and to participate in issues that affect their well-being, lives and communities. We believe that through dialogue, sharing, collaboration and organization, young people can define and construct the conditions of our common existence. This vision constitutes our spiritual wellspring. It animates our movement, centers our actions, and has made a vocation of our advocacy.
Southeast Queens Concerned Neighbors was formed in 1992 as a grassroots organization, comprised of block associations and civic groups to address discriminatory actions of inudating the community with unwanted facilities.
The Southern Queens Park Association operates the 54-acre Roy Wilkins park in St. Albans and the Beacon school in South Jamaica. It emphasizes environmental issues such as wetlands restoration, wilderness area development, vegetable gardening - 400 plots and environmental festivals, academic enhancement, youth counseling and African culture. Formed in 1975, the association has inducted 12 members into the Hall of Fame, including former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and UnderSecretary of the United Nations, Ralphe Bunche.