The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 35 years. We train and support local activists across the country and build local, state and national initiatives that win on issues from Superfund to climate change.

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We Can Help You Win

CHEJ has the tools to help residents fight against toxic threats in their community. We can provide scientific information to make your case, leadership training to build your organization and organize your community, and ongoing coaching throughout the process.

Whether you are starting a new initiative from scratch with volunteers or have been working together for years, CHEJ is there for you. Contact us to find out more. 

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Love Canal

Our story began in Love Canal, NY, where Lois Gibbs led her neighbors to be protected from 20,000 tons of hazardous waste buried in their backyards. Love Canal was national news and the catalyst for the federal Superfund program.

Armed with lessons about the power of organizing, education and the bold voice of local residents defending their families, Lois launched CHEJ in 1981. We’ve been fighting for a healthier environment ever since.

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A Network For Change

Our nationwide network of more than 300 local community groups works locally and at the regional, state and national levels to achieve critical policy impacts around issues like fracking, release of toxic chemicals, climate change, industral waste and more.

The communities we serve are largely rural, low-wealth or working class—the places that typically bear the brunt of environmental degradation. Together, we make a difference. 

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Maryland’s Doing It – Banning Fracking – You Can Too

March 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Maryland’s Doing It – Banning Fracking – You Can Too

Victory, almost for Maryland No Fracking Marylanders should give Mike Tidwell, all members of CCAN and all of the allies from surrounding states a huge round of applause. Although not yet a done [...]

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March 10th Standing Rock Protest to White House

March 6th, 2017|Comments Off on March 10th Standing Rock Protest to White House

THIS FRIDAY in WASHINGTON D.C. from 10am-12pm EST as we march to the White House with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous grassroots leaders. #NativeNationsRise will highlight the [...]

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State Finally Makes Progress on East Chicago, IN

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on State Finally Makes Progress on East Chicago, IN

Residents living in more than 1,000 private properties in the middle and eastern parts of the Calumet neighborhood will not be moving as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency excavates contaminated [...]

Out of Resistance
A Powerful New Movement

At Rise Up 2017 we will…

  • Build a Long-Term Agenda that points the way to transformative change and guides our campaigns now
  • Go on the offense at every level – from cities to statehouses to the halls of Congress
  • Commit to stopping the attacks on people of color, immigrants, women, Muslims and LGBTQ people
  • Gather with friends and allies to celebrate what we have won and the movement we are building together

Join us in Washington, D.C. in April

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Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us

March 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us

President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the [...]

After the success of determined activists at the Standing Rock Pipeline Camp in North Dakota, advisers to the new governmental administration plan to privatize Native American land to facilitate oil drilling and strip them of their sovereignty.

We have won a battle against big oil and for marginalized communities, but the fight is not yet over.

Tell your representative to stop taking away rights from marginalized communities. Find out who you can contact here:

This is a taste of the Native Nations Rise march and rally in Washington DC. Native Organizers Alliance Director, Judith LeBlanc speaks in this beautiful video made by Indigenous Rising Media.

We Exist, We Resist, We Rise. #IndigenousRising

WE EXIST WE RESIST WE RISE #NativeNationsRise #RiseWithStandingRock #IndigenousRising #NoDAPL #NoKXL #SaveOakFlat #KeepChacoSacred #ProtectMaunaKea #NoTransPecosPipeline #NoUraniumMiningGrandCanyon #StopExpansionAlbertaClipper #StopLine3 #ResistAlbertaTarSands Video By Augie White

Posted by Indigenous Rising Media on Sunday, March 12, 2017