Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Voices of Change, Beacons of Hope: Latino Grassroots Community Organizing and Empowerment for Enviromental Justice in Southeast Los Angeles
by Gómez, Horacio Anthony, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 122; 13860417
Abstract (Summary)

Environmental injustices can manifest when manufacturing/processing/storage facilities are sited in marginalized communities and allowed to pollute with reckless abandon thereby contaminating the air, land, and water which creates hazardous living conditions for local residents. The mostly Latino and Latino immigrant communities of Southeast Los Angeles are particularly beset by these inequities and have long struggled for visibility and due consideration by public and private institutions. According to the California EPA, the communities in Southeast Los Angeles are among the most vulnerable and polluted in the state. In response to the prevailing conditions, The United Residents of Southeast Los Angeles (URSELA) was formed as a grassroots community organization dedicated to empowering residents and redressing local environmental injustices. This research adopts a case study approach that draws upon ethnographic field work and in-depth interviews to reveal: the lived experiences of those struggling with environmental injustice, the approach and tactics used in community organizing, the complicity of regulatory failures in creating injustice, the place-based emotional bonds that give impetus to URSELA members actions, the need to consider the intersectional nature (race/nativity) of the community’s identity in activism, and the empowering emotions that are created and shared among URSELA members in organizational spaces.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thien, Deborah
Commitee: Jocoy, Christine L., House-Peters, Lily
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Geography, Environmental Justice
Keywords: Community Organizing, Empowerment, Immigration, Latino, Los Angeles, California
Publication Number: 13860417
ISBN: 9781085556682
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