Transform Don’t Trash NYC, the campaign to clean up New York City’s dirty commercial sanitation industry, is picking up steam. The coalition of environmental justice, worker organizations and community groups (including PWF affiliate ALIGN) has been working for three years to expose problems in the industry and push a transformative vision of change. With City Hall recently taking the first steps toward addressing the issue, real change toward a cleaner, safer waste and recycling system may be just around the corner.
Rivers are at the heart of the Pittsburgh region. The area’s economic and environmental revival is closely tied to its rivers, but unfortunately its aging and poorly designed sewer system is creating a crisis.
Through its Green Justice Coalition, Partnership for Working Familiesy affiliate, Community Labor United (CLU) brings the voices of working class communities of color into Boston’s energy planning process.
Dr. Jill Esbenshade has long been committed to creating change, pointing to the famous Karl Marx quote as the inspiration for her work. “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways.
Ada Briceño is OCCORD’s interim executive director and co-founder, and Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents hotel and hospitality workers in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Marisol Ramirez has been a staff organizer with OCCORD since 2013, but she’s been a leader in her community for much longer. She first began organizing with OCCORD as a volunteer while in high school, connecting her personal experiences with the broader struggle for fair representation at City Hall. Marisol served as a board member of OCCORD before transitioning into full time organizing.
Mirvette Judeh began volunteering with OCCORD in 2014, playing a major role in our advocacy and outreach for district elections.
Maria McCabe is a leader within affiliate POWER and the Director of Social Justice and Campus Ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia, PA. With a mother from Puerto Rico and a Finnish-American father, Maria recounts struggling with a sense of belonging in juggling mixed cultures at home. But one thing that remained consistent in Maria’s household was the family’s dedication to social justice and it’s need to be addressed and spoken for.