In this second half of 2016, we are excited to share what is new at Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN). First, we have a new coordinator! Nayamin Martinez joined our team on May 2nd. Born and raised in Mexico, Nayamin moved to California in 2000 and since then she has worked with various nonprofit organizations (i.e. Binational Center for the Development of the Oaxacan Indigenous Communities; Alliance for California Traditional Arts) organizing immigrant communities and advocating for their wellbeing. Nayamin has coordinated projects in Fresno, Madera and Tulare counties that provided health education, access to health and social services, and opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development. Let’s learn what motivated Nayamin to join CCEJN and what has been her experience in these first two months.
In my previous jobs, I had the opportunity to educate community members on ways to improve their health by increasing their knowledge on prevention measures, but most importantly I helped them develop the skills to become advocates for healthier communities. I joined CCEJN because I am convinced that I could continue this journey of educating, empowering and organizing community members to fight for environmental justice.
In these two months at CCEJN I had the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of stakeholders. From the government representatives who participate in our monthly meetings and help us address the reports that come in through our environmental reporting networks (FERN and KEEN), to community residents of Fresno and Lanare who are dealing with illegal dumping issues and lack of clean water. In July 9-10, I participated in a Barnraising training organized by PublicLab, where activists from all over the country met for a weekend to discuss environmental problems and best practices to address them. I had my first experience with balloon mapping; participated in a power analysis of the different entities that are involved in regulating landfills and other waste management sites; and joined a discussion of best ways to engage youth and children in environmental discussions.
I have learned a lot and I know there is still much more to learn. I am excited with this opportunity and I look forward to working with all our EJ partners!”
In solidarity, Nayamin
Last but not least, we have a new home in Fresno! Since May CCEJN is sharing offices with the Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC). We are located near the Fresno airport, come and visit us at: 4991 E. McKinley Ave. Ste. 109.