La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) is a "Healthy Hoods" champion. Most recently they scored a major victory by helping to implement a regional plan for Section 3 which uses federal funding to help foster economic development and sustainable communities.  The regional plan they worked on with the RGV Equal Voice Network is consider the strongest in the state and was featured in The Monitor - read about it here.

"Healthy Hoods" champion Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) has been building a strong grassroots organization in the Southwest to fight for environmental and social justice.  With campaigns such as Project Feed the Hood, SWOP has been forwarding a holistic vision for community health and revitalization.  Check out the website and pick up their book "500 Years of Chicano History" here.  #healthyhoods

With roots in the struggle for educational justice, "Healthy Hoods" champion Padres Unidos has evolved over the past twenty years into a multi-issue organization led by people of color in the Denver, Colorado area who work for educational excellence, racial justice for youth, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all.  Most recently, Padres Unidos published "Health Justice Report: A Community Analysis of Nutrition, Food Access and Physical Activity in Denver Public Schools".  Read the report here.  #

"Healthy Hoods" champion and CCHE grantee Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) has a strong history of organizing for justice in New York City.  Through projects like the Chinatown Tenants Union, CAAV is on the front lines, fighting to preserve Chinatown, NYC as an affordable, flourishing, and green neighborhood and community for working-class Asian immigrants and their families. 

ICS is creating healthy hoods by organizing communities in east Los Angeles to create Health Empowerment Zones in public schools, and changing policy to create safe places to play. Not only do they want to make students healthier, they want to keep them in school! Recently, ICS was featured in the LA Times for their work organizing hundreds of students to create alternatives to school suspensions that keep students in school and engaged. Read more about it here.


By Makani Themba

Executive Director of The Praxis Project

“They call it due process and some people are overdue… Somebody said ‘brother-man gonna break a window, gonna steal a hubcap, gonna smoke a joint, brother man gonna go to jail.’  The man who tried to steal America is not in jail… And America was ‘shocked.’  America leads the world in shocks.  Unfortunately, America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock…”

- We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon Our Analysis) by Gil Scott-Heron

By John Nichols


The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group responded to the acquittal of George Zimmerman with shock, anguish and a call to action.