Social Justice Collection

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice green and white flag logo

Each month, based on suggestions from the congregation and longstanding relationships with nonprofits in the community, the church takes a collection for an organization that aligns with and furthers our values. Any suggestions for local non profits are welcome. Forward suggestions to Norma Edwards.

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) is a community-based organization that works to facilitate self-advocates in East and Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach. EYCEJ prepares community members to engage in the decision making processes that directly impact their health and quality of life.
Through grassroots organizing and leadership-building skills, EYCEJ works to enable under-represented communities to be heard and make real change happen. Using a plan of action built on research-based information, workshops, and trainings to empower our communities, we are able to influences policy change, policymakers, and agencies that can institute health protective environmental justice policies that are in the best interest of local, regional, and statewide residents.

In 2022 EYCEJ was able to successfully pass AB 1857 to limit incineration in their communities, pass rent control in Bell Gardens, advocate for a stronger Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), ensure the 710 focuses on zero emissions through a Metro-led zero emissions work group, launch a Water Academy, and create a strong water committee. Through all these projects and campaigns, members took care of each other, believing that emotional and mental well-being are just as important as physical health.