PloNo Santa Ana
Thanks to our mobilization efforts and success in postponing the Santa Ana General Plan in November 2020, OCEJ has been working with Santa Ana Planning Commission and Orange County Health Care Agency in attempt to bring:
Soil lead testing, investigation, & remediation
Blood testing for lead poisoning
Health Care Action Plan
To learn more on PloNo Santa Ana, please click HERE.
Communities Organizing for Better Water: PhotoVoice
This year we began recruiting volunteers across Orange County to conduct a community based research model. Volunteers went out into Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Anaheim, or Orange and searched for potential polluting sites affecting water quality or adding to storm water pollution. Once a site was identified, volunteers would take photos and submit a quick observational sheet for further elaboration. We are close to closing the window of photo submissions and entering our next phase: photo analysis & next steps.
To learn more on PhotoVoice, please click HERE.
OCEJ will be launching its 2nd annual Environmental Justice Organizing Academy this summer. In Summer 2020, we piloted our Environmental Justice Summer Organizing Academy, which trained 18 youth of color in our Community Science Organizing Model. Through eight modules on topics such as Indigenous Sovereignty, Climate and Environmental Justice, and Policy Advocacy, we prepared them to mobilize in their cities as OCEJEF members to investigate environmental injustices, hold elected officials accountable, and implement Just Transition policy changes.
This year, we plan to include two curriculum tracks: one focused on grassroots organizing and community-led research action partnerships, and the other focused on electoral organizing and building campaigns around EJ issues.
This year, we will continue to expand our organizing efforts by engaging our 50-member base and thousands of new contacts in our ongoing projects. Through our partnerships with Orange County’s low-income communities of color, academic institutions, and local stakeholders, we will build resident power to influence decisions in a region with low support from public officials on environmental justice issues, and to take on the multiple, decentralized agencies with discrepant degrees of jurisdiction over environmental, climate, and health issues.
In this way, we will fulfill our vision of transforming Orange County’s North-inland cities into healthy shared environments that are home to resilient and thriving communities.
OCEJ's EJOA Class of 2020
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Application & Curriculum Information
EJOA sessions will be held Saturday & Sundays from 10-1pm beginning on June 19, 2021 & ending August 8, 2021. Curriculum is shown below or you may also click HERE.
Please click button below to apply for our 2021 Environmental Justice Organizing Academy. Application opens May 19, 2021 and closes June 7,2021 at 11:59pm. If you have any questions or concerns please email our Community Organizer firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Do
Canvassed and surveyed 4,000 people living in the Orange County communities that are most vulnerable to pollution and negative environmental impacts. Our results show
Produced an analysis of the most pressing environmental justice issues in our region as identified by these residents
Organized a committee of resident leaders who want to get involved in environmental justice issues
Launched "Let's Talk EJ", a series of education and outreach events bringing together a broad community of activists and leaders who are concerned about environmental justice in Orange County
Feel free to check out our 2020 Annual Report:
What is environmental racism?
Defined as the disproportionate distribution of environmental challenges to lower income Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Formed in 2016, Orange County Environmental Justice Educational Fund (OCEJ) is a 501(c)4 multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environmental justice organization. We are developing grassroots leadership and advancing an environmental justice agenda within the ancestral homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva Nations, now known as Orange County, California. Our mission is to fight for environmental justice by mobilizing and empowering marginalized community members.