Environmental Justice for All
The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE) is a national environmental justice legal organization with offices in San Francisco and Delano, California. Our attorneys and organizers have represented hundreds of community groups across the United States. We have pioneered the use of civil rights laws in environmental disputes, and helped create the legal piece of the Environmental Justice Movement.
CRPE is dedicated to helping grassroots groups across the nation attack head on the disproportionate burden of pollution borne by poor people and people of color. We provide organizing, technical and legal assistance to help community groups stop immediate environmental threats. In the 20 years that CRPE has been helping the poor and people of color resist toxic intrusions and protect their environmental health, among our many victories we have beaten toxic waste incinerators, forced oil refineries to use cleaner technology, beaten a 55,000-cow mega-dairy complex, stopped numerous tire burning proposals, helped bring safe drinking water to various rural communities, stopped garbage dumps and a medical waste incinerator, and empowered hundreds of local residents along the way. We work on toxics, air and water pollution, pesticides, and to combat global warming.
In our work, we have three ambitions:
1. That individuals taking part in a particular campaign leave the campaign with more personal capacity than they had coming into it.
2. That the community involved has more power vis a vis decisionmakers at the end of the campaign than at the beginning.
3. To concretely address the environmental hazard at hand.
We thank you for your support!
Our Power to the People campaign has just finished their first publication! Follow the links to learn more about their vision for environmentally and economically sustainable development in the Central Valley and beyond!