income, diverse, and minority communities are not afforded safe and
legally adequate occupational health and safety practices nor equal
environmental protection, access, and benefits under the law and local
This campaign will strive to organize and empower these
communities to protect themselves from environmental contaminants and
to help them gain access to increased interactions with functioning
and beautiful ecosystems.
campaign is also about promoting an understanding that environmental
protection encompasses all citizens and living beings in a watershed
and in the world, and that achieving sustainable conservation results
requires respecting and providing living essentials for everyone in
our local and global communities.
Environmental Justice runs throughout all of VCK’s campaigns.
example, in its Agritoxins campaign, in addition to protecting the
ecological integrity and water quality of Ventura County’s inland
and coastal waterbodies, VCK strives to improve the inadequate
occupational health and safety protection for migrant farm workers and
eliminate the disparate threat that agritoxins pose to Latino
communities and schools in Ventura County, as detailed in Wishtoyo
Foundation/VCK’s White Paper, Agritoxins:
Ventura County's Toxic Time Bomb.