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Who We Are

Mission statement 

The mission of Neighbors for Environmental Justice is to foster awareness, organize and promote community action on environmental justice to achieve environmental health and just transition by preventing and reducing pollution and building a green, healthy and sustainable community and environment.


Our vision embraces local transformation by having community input and involvement in environmental issues and community developments.  N4EJ envisions a society where access to healthy food, clean air, clean water, and a safe home and living environment are basic human rights for all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ability, nationality, or income.

Theory of Change

N4EJ is a community group of organizers that believes in grassroots change from the bottom up. Our work is centered upon the belief that when low income and people of color understand the root causes of their experiences of oppression, they have the power and agency to transform society. 

A little background

We’re mostly folks who live in or near McKinley Park, who got together when MAT Asphalt opened abruptly in our neighborhood. We’re a 501c(3) non profit. We started up in reaction to MAT’s sudden arrival (we are still working to shut them down), but we’ve also been connecting our experience to the underlying conditions that produced this situation: environmental racism, corruption in the city, state, and federal governments, and a widespread political belief that industry is more important than the health of marginalized people.

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