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Lipo Chanthanasak – Advocating for Environmental Justice

Lipo Chanthanasak – Advocating for Environmental Justice

Hero’s name: Lipo Chanthanasak Home city: Oakland, Calif. Organization affiliation: Asian Pacific Environmental Network Why this person is a Community Hero: “Lipo Chanthanasak, who is originally from Northern Laos, has proudly served as a leader with Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) for over a decade. He has worked to reduce carbon pollution and ensure justice for all […]

Special Series: Youth’s Voice Helps Protect Environment

Christina Saeteurn grew up in public housing, one of nine children raised by a single mother. That challenging start, however, seems only to have made Christina more determined to improve life for others in similar circumstances. Like many of her fellow Shriver honorees, Christina never set out to become a community organizer. She’d joined a […]

Building Healthy Communities With Fresh Produce

Building Healthy Communities With Fresh Produce

When Wahid Rashad, 65, sees young people in Chicago chugging bottles of sugary drinks and chomping on fluorescent-orange snacks, he thinks: “That’s garbage. It doesn’t enhance the brain and energy level.” Rashad sells apples, mangoes, papayas and peppers from a produce cart in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. Among the comments he hears from customers since […]

Richmond Refinery Fire Unites Communities Divided

Richmond Refinery Fire Unites Communities Divided

RICHMOND, Calif. – Standing on the dock next to her houseboat in affluent Sausalito, Calif., around dinnertime on Aug. 6, Lovise Mills watched a thick, black cloud of smoke pouring into the sky, partially hidden behind the hills that ring her picturesque community. Stunned, Mills took pictures and posted them on Facebook. “What the hell […]