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Data (and expertise) = credible advocacy

Angelo Logan is the co-founder of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. In this brief interview, he talks about the benefits of partnering with environmental and other experts who can lend credibility to community advocacy.

Stopping a freeway
Angelo Logan’s East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice group helped lead a successful campaign to stop an expansion of the I-710 freeway in Long Beach that would have bulldozed 600 homes and added four lanes of traffic – and pollution. Since then, he has become a member of the I-710 Corridor Advisory Committee and I-710 Commerce Local Advisory Committee to ensure that this project takes air quality and public health into account.


Logan’s collaboration with academic partners such as Andrea Hricko, an associate professor at the University of Southern California and a leading expert on air pollution and the goods movement, led to the formation of the Trade, Health, and Environment IMPACT project. The project is a collaborative of university and community partners focused on reducing the negative health impacts of trade at the ports in Long Beach and Boyle Heights.

Logan was a recent speaker at a skills clinic workshop held by ALERT, a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research initiative to pair community advocates with expert researchers and scientists who can lend data and credibility to their cause.

Related Resources:
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Trade, Health and Environment IMPACT Project
ALERT Project (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)

Tips on fighting air pollution
“Be a Pollution Activist: Tips on Fighting Toxics in Your Community” – Environmental Defense Fund
“10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Unhealthy Air” – American Lung Association
“Air Pollution: What Are You Breathing In?” – EcoHearth


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