UUCLB January Special Collection East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ)

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) 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. This community-based organization now works to facilitate self-advocates in East and Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach in communities that are disproportionately suffering the negative effects of pollution. By providing workshops and trainings, EYCEJ prepares community members to engage in the decision-making processes that directly impact their health and quality of life.

EYCEJ recognizes and promotes full and authentic community participation in making policies that affect them directly, promoting the implementation of Environmental Justice guidelines for local, state, and federal governments and agencies as well as industry. EYCEJ promotes direct democratic decision-making and taking collective action for safe and healthy communities where we live, work, learn and play. For more information, check out the EYCEJ web site: eycej.org