Urban Habitat Program, the Tides Center

436 14th Street
Suite 1205
Oakland CA 94612-2723

phone: 510-839-9510
fax: 510-839-9610
email: info@urbanhabitat.org


Juliet Ellis



Web site:   www.urbanhabitat.org



Urban Habitat addresses issues of social and environmental justice from a regional perspective. By partnering with various Bay Area organizations, Urban Habitat has championed many environmental and social justice issues including health, food security, energy, military base conversion, transportation, redevelopment, education and open space.


Description (from the website):

"Changing land use, environmental, and other public policies to stop the promotion of sprawl and to support equitable urban investment, redevelopment, and community outcomes. We convene social and environmental justice allies to critique, develop, and advocate policies that benefit the Bay Area’s most disadvantaged communities. We also provide technical and professional expertise to help shape equitable regional land use policies and to identify and address policies that threaten communities of color throughout the region."


Resources to Share:

Race, Poverty & the Environment Magazine

Urban Habitat and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA) have been producing and distributing Race, Poverty, and the Environment (RPE) since 1990. In the beginning it was one of the only publications in the country examining the intersection of race, poverty, and environment. Over the years it has highlighted issues such as pesticides, energy, brownfields, and food security.

Race, Poverty & the Environment
Fall 2004 (RPE-Vol. X No.2)
Governing from the Grassroots:
EJ & Electoral Advocacy

Cover price: $10. Annual subscriptions are $20

In This Issue:

    The Color of Election 2000 by Bob Wing

    Beyond Florida: Voting in Tennessee, 2002 by Catherine Danielson

    Curbs on Clean Air by Richard Toshiyuki Drury and A.J. Napolis

    Right-wing Rollbacks and Our Courts by Deeohn Ferris

    Civil Rights in Reverse by Liza Siu Mendoza and Rico Oyola

    The Mother of Movements by Rob Arnow and Paul Platt

    Getting Political, an interview with Anthony Thigpenn

    Organizing is Not Enough by Robert McKay

    Learning to Lobby by Judith Bell

    Campaign Finance and Civil Rights by Paul Turner and Hector Preciado

    One Person, No Vote by Ludovic Blain III

    Taking Over City Council by Amy Dean

    The EJ Candidate by Michael Leon Guerrero

    Precaution as Policy by Bhavna Shamasunder

    Electoral Tools and Tactics by Kimberley Paulson

    Rap the Vote by WireTap Staff

    5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Vote by Melissa Siebert, Stan Goff and Chris Kromm



We present this brownfields policy paper that emphasizes best practices, policy recommendations and action plans needed to encourage and implement brownfields revitalization efforts for the environmental justice movement. This paper was originally written for the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in October 2002.

Urban Habitat
Second People of Color Environment Summit
October 23-27, 2002

Over the past two decades, the environmental justice movement has provided a framework for identifying and exposing the links between racist development practices, disproportionate siting of toxic facilities, economic depression, and a diminished quality of life in low-income communities and communities of color.  The environmental justice agenda has always been rooted in economic, racial, and social justice.  By replacing the concept of the environment as a place that is “out there” with one that encompass all of the places where we live, work, and play, struggles for environmental justice address cumulative, synergistic, and multiple impacts that affect the quality of life in our communities.  Brownfields and the issues surrounding brownfields redevelopment are crucial points of advocacy and activism for creating substantial social change in low-income communities and communities of color... 

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