Organizing > Environmental Justice

ejEnvironmental Justice: The reality that hazardous waste dumps, polluting industries and military installations are disproportionately sited in low-income and people of color communities.  The cumulative effects of multiple sources of contamination in these neighborhoods continue to pollute and damage our environment and health.  The movement is rooted in the principle that ‘we speak for ourselves.’  SWU mobilizes community power for true participation and to achieve justice where we work, where we play, where we live and where we pray.   

> Military Toxics: 8 military installations are located in San Antonio.  The former Kelly Air Force Base has contaminated our water, our air, our land and our bodies.  We organize for healthy, revitalized communities and an active voice in the decisions that affect our lives.

> Energy & Climate Justice: If Texas were a country, it would be the 7th largest greenhouse gas polluter.  The Gulf Coast is inundated with the petrochemical industry, coal and nuclear plant proposals.  SWU seeks clean, green energy and energy efficiency for working class communities of color. 

> Roots of Change: SWU has transformed a polluted EastSide lot into a productive organic community garden. 

> Hondo Empowerment Committee: The communities of the small City of Hondo organize for economic revitalization, cleanup of contaminated sites and people-centered development. 

> Corporate Accountability: Keeping businesses responsible to their communities.