The purpose of Neighbors for Environmental Justice is to educate, advocate and organize with our community to accomplish environmental justice on the southwest side of Chicago.
We believe environmental justice cannot be separated from racial justice, and so we align and advocate to support the larger struggle for justice in all the forms it takes.
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.
Oh, and of course you can always email us: neighbors4environmentaljustice @ gmail.com