Celebrating Latinx Leadership for Environmental Justice
For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate and recognize the many ways Latinx communities make a difference for the health of people across the state and for Oregon’s environment. OEC is proud to work alongside and in support of partners like Hacienda CDC, PCUN, Coalition of Communities of Color, Unite Oregon, Verde, Latino Network and other Latinx-led and Latinx-serving organizations who advance critical environmental work on everything from transportation to housing, to farmworker protection, water justice and climate resilience.
Be sure to follow these organizations, and consider becoming a supporter!
Coalition of Communities of Color
The Coalition of Communities of Color’s mission is to address the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism, and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities; and to organize our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice and prosperity.
Hacienda CDC is a Latino-led Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.
Latino Network is a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential. Latino Network’s work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families.
PCUN is Oregon’s farmworkers’ union. PCUN’s mission is to empower farmworkers and working Latinx families in Oregon by building community, increasing Latinx representation in elections, and policy advocacy on both the national and state levels.
Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, Unite Oregon works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.
Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach, and advocacy. Since 2005, Verde brings new environmental investments to Portland’s neighborhoods, involves community members in the planning and building of these investments, and ensures that low-income people and people of color directly benefit from these investments.