The Special Collection during January 2018 (all collections from the January 7 service, and any others marked “Special Collection” during the month) will be directed to East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ). EYCEJ is a community-based organization that works to facilitate self-advocates in Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach.
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice was established in 2001 by residents of the Commerce/East Los Angeles area who were concerned with the increasing environmental health impacts of industrial pollution in their community, as well as several pending expansion projects adjacent to homes, schools and parks. After running into each other at several public meetings and realizing the huge wall they came up against as individuals, these concerned residents made the decision to work in unity and formed a community group that would fight for the lives of their families and neighbors. In 2002, EYCEJ was formally founded as a non-profit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE).
Since its inception, EYCEJ has achieved many important successes, including bring issues of environmental justice and air quality to the forefront for other community, environmental, and governmental entities at both regional and statewide level.
By providing workshops & trainings, EYCEJ prepares community members to engage in the decision-making processes that directly impact their health and quality of life. Through grass-roots organizing and leadership building skills, EYCEJ works to enable underrepresented communities to be heard, which in turn influences policy change, policy makers and agencies that can institute health protective environmental justice policies that are in the best interest of local, regional, and statewide residents.