This list is by no means conclusive, it lifts up only a handful of the major accomplishments, milestones, and highlights of the PRC partners so far this year. Please click the links to each organization’s website to learn more and directly support their work.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) – Oakland, CA; Richmond, CA
APEN was recently featured in an SFGATE article, How the Asian Pacific Environmental Network Built Trust Through Decades of Organizing. The article works through how APEN became and remains, even in the pandemic, a strong force in the Bay Area.
California Indian Museum and Cultural Center CIMCC) – Santa Rosa, CA
As a result of CIMCC’s ground softening work to bring awareness to policymakers and the public about issues confronting traditional gatherers in County Parks in the region, the Sonoma County Parks Department is drafting a new cultural gathering policy incorporating CIMCC’s.
Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) – Chicago, Illinois
GPCC began a partnership with Illinois Solar for All to conduct a grassroots education campaign around solar energy use and solar panel installation. GPCC also completed a plan with local partners and residents to preserve housing affordability and reduce displacement. Residents have supported the formation of the new ‘Garfield Park Coalition for Affordability and Stability’ to address new housing developments and other issues. They also supported 180 families with $60,000 of direct financial assistance and processed 211 rental assistance grants, worth more than $440,000, through the City of Chicago, and offered housing assistance to 189 additional residents.
Healthy Community Services (HCS) – New Orleans, LA
HCS is gearing up for its Class of 2021 Native Plant Academy. Recruitment activities will occur by way of social media, public service announcements, professional organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, green sector newsletters or blogs. Click here to learn more and to view photos from the 2020 class.
La Mujer Obrera – El Paso, TX
La Mujer Obrera recently achieved a huge win with the Texas Department of Transportation. Its activism and work focused on getting idling commercial truck traffic out of its community. This led them to get Tex Dot to block the entrance in their community to the international port of entry to Mexico. No thru traffic can access the port of entry which has reduced the traffic tremendously which has also led to the reduction of pollution and traffic hazards. They had been battling this issue for almost 10 years and consider this change to be a great victory for their organization and community. Click here to read more.
Power52 Foundation – Baltimore, MD
Power52 would like to thank everyone who donated and supported all of their community outreach events in 202, with special thanks to 0 Pastor Michael Phillips and Kingdom Life Church based in Baltimore, MD. Kingdom Life Church became a partner of Power52in 2019, and since the pandemic began, Power52 in partnership with KLC has implemented Pull Up & Pick Up Food and Supply distribution events in Baltimore City and Howard County. These events have allowed them to serve a greater number of families in their communities. Through this effort, along with their many dedicated volunteers they were able to supply over 3000 Maryland families with necessities such as food, PPE, toiletries, school supplies, emergency kits and much more.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp. – Milwaukee, WI
Walnut way recently released its 2020 Annual report, highlighting efforts throughout 2020, including its COVID-19 distribution of health kits, outreach campaigns, and the transition of its ongoing programs to a virtual format. In addition, Walnut Way continued to improve the green infrastructure and climate resilience of the Lindsay Heights neighborhood in significant ways. Read the report here.
We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc. – New York, NY
The community land trust model is a highly valuable strategy for securing community led development goals and protecting community priorities in relation to land use management. As a community based developer, We Stay/Nos Quedamos Committee, Inc. views this approach as an imperative for advancing goals for expanding community engagement in the development process ensuring sustainable development that will prioritize deep affordability. Read about the South Bronx Community Land & Resource Trust (SBxL&CRT) here.