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.
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. #
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