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.



The Senate finally passed a new and improved version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this week. 

Whether it was showing love for Beyonce or laughing at the state of New Orleans’ infrastructure since the Super Bowl, most have not stopped to think about how much public investment the city still needs.  Makani Themba, Executive Director of the Praxis Project breaks down how the Super Bowl power outage is all about, well, power and how public infrastructure is "raced".  

By AyeNay Abye, Field Director

I don’t buy Coca-Cola products. I don’t eat McDonalds. I don’t engage in online marketing gimmicks. So I wondered why I received multiple advertisements from Diet Coke to participate in their #showyourheart Twitter Campaign.