Environmental Justice Committee

Vision

To promote an engaged and empowered Asian Pacific Islander community that advocates for a healthy, equitable and sustainable earth for all.

 Mission

  • To engage in activities that will encourage and empower API community members to become strong advocates of environmental health, safety, equality and preservation.
  • To continue to raise awareness about environmental inequity and its negative impact to API and low-income communities and offer solutions to mitigate and/or end its negative impact to to the environment and the health and safety of the community members.
  • To continue to advocate feasible and earth-friendly solutions to mitigate and/or eliminate existing harmful conditions, particularly those in API and low-income neighborhoods.
  • To develop the capacity and capability of API community members to become leaders in the advancement of environmental justice issues, policies and solutions.
  • To develop strong alliances with other community-based organizations that will provide a united and cohesive position in support of environmental health, safety and equity.

 Membership

Open to all API organizations, associations, aggrupations and individuals.  No fee is required to become a member.

 Member Categories

  • Individual members- persons who support the Environmental Justice Committee’s (EJC) vision, mission and activities.
  • Affiliated Organizations- that are primarily composed of, represent or serve API communities and support environmental justice vision, mission and activities that wish to be affiliated to the Environmental Justice Committee.

 Types of Support

  • Public endorsement/approval to use individual or organization’s name on EJ Committee materials and campaigns (upon prior approval for participation)
  • Dissemination of key communications from the EJ Committee to organization members and/or contacts.
  • Other types of contributions or support, e.g., use of facilities, hosting meetings, etc.

Need more information? 

Call or send an email to:

Celia V. Andrade, Chair

Assistant Director

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)

Tel:  (213) 989-3189

Email: candrade@pacela.org

John Harrison, Co-Chair

Health Initiative Liaison

People’s Community Organization

for Reform & Empowerment (PeoplesCORE)

Tel: (213) 241-0995

Email: jharrison@peoplescore.net

 

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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 12898 ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Two decades ago, President William J. Clinton directed the Federal Government to tackle a long-overlooked problem. Low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, and tribal areas disproportionately bore environmental burdens like contamination from industrial plants or landfills and indoor air pollution from poor housing conditions. These hazards worsen health disparities and reduce opportunity for residents — children who miss school due to complications of asthma, adults who struggle with medical bills. Executive Order 12898 affirmed every American’s right to breathe freely, drink clean water, and live on uncontaminated land. Today, as America marks 20 years of action, we renew our commitment to environmental justice for all.

Because we all deserve the chance to live, learn, and work in healthy communities, my Administration is fighting to restore environments in our country’s hardest-hit places. After over a decade of inaction, we reconvened an Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group and invited more than 100 environmental justice leaders to a White House forum. Alongside tribal governments, we are working to reduce pollution on their lands. And to build a healthier environment for every American, we established the first-ever national limits for mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants.

While the past two decades have seen great progress, much work remains. In the years to come, we will continue to work with States, tribes, and local leaders to identify, aid, and empower areas most strained by pollution. By effectively implementing environmental laws, we can improve quality of life and expand economic opportunity in overburdened communities. And recognizing these same communities may suffer disproportionately due to climate change, we must cut carbon emissions, develop more homegrown clean energy, and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that we are already feeling across our country.

As we mark this day, we recall the activists who took on environmental challenges long before the Federal Government acknowledged their needs. We remember how Americans — young and old, on college campuses and in courtrooms, in our neighborhoods and through our places of worship — called on a Nation to pursue clean air, water, and land for all people. On this anniversary, let us move forward with the same unity, energy, and passion to live up to the promise that here in America, no matter who you are or where you come from, you can pursue your dreams in a safe and just environment.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 11, 2014, as the 20th Anniversary of Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs and activities that promote environmental justice and advance a healthy, sustainable future.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

 

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Environmental Justice Committee in Action!

Great March for Climate Action- March 1, 2014, Port of Los Angeles

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AAPI Environmental Justice Forum with Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) and City Project- April 17, 2013

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Earth Day Beach Clean Up in Long Beach- April 20, 2013

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Earth Day 2012- Picnic & Hike, Switzer’s Camp, Los Angeles

Judy Chu Earth Day Picnic

More to come!