Building Healthy Communities Long Beach: July 2016
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August 13:
BHC Summer Gathering
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Art and creative expression at the BHC Summer Gathering
On Saturday, August 13th, Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach will host our summer gathering, featuring social-justice-themed visual art and music, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (1950 Lemon Ave. 90806) from noon to 3pm. Join dozens of the BHC partners and campaigns to explore connections between art and social change, and get involved with local campaigns for the workers rights, environmental justice, criminal-justice reform, food justice, and more. The day will feature many opportunities for neighbors to meet new community members and enjoy performances from local youth and cultural groups from the Homeland Cultural Center. For more information, please contact at or 562-436-4800 and check out the event page on Facebook
Now accepting applications for the People's Planning School
How does the physical environment in our city affect our lives? How does city planning influence the health, safety, and livability of our neighborhood? How can we organize our neighborhoods to improve health and opportunity for all? Starting this fall, local residents will have the chance to find these answers and more at the new People’s Planning School in Long Beach. 
Organized by the BHC Neighborhoods Workgroup, the People’s Planning School is a free six-week program that meets on Monday evenings in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park neighborhood. The program is designed for residents to learn critical city-planning tools and skills to improve the physical environment of their neighborhood and organize their neighbors for change. Each interactive class is centered on topics including active transportation, environmental health, violence prevention, healthy and affordable housing, food access, and more.  

For more information or if you are interested in joining the People’s Planning School, please contact Nicole Taylor at or 562-912-7366. 
Parents celebrate inaugural school year of organizing
On July 20th, BHC’s Parent Organizing Workgroup (POW) celebrated the close of its parent committee’s inaugural school year. Parents were recognized for their work together to identify their vision and priorities for change within the school system. Participants were selected by each of POW’s six organizational members and had the opportunity to attend meetings to share their experiences and learn more about their schools and the district, co-organize and attend the Voices and Visions Town Hall in March, and share their perspectives by speaking at the school board. BHC is very proud of all the parent leaders and are excited for next year!

POW member organizations include: Community with Power for Change, Downtown Associated Youth Services, Long Beach Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization, Latinos in Action, Success in Challenges, and United Cambodian Community
Volunteers needed before Prop 47 window closes
As Los Angeles County commits more resources to reach out to individuals about Prop 47 record change opportunities, local Long Beach efforts are continuing to expand. Volunteers have now started canvassing neighborhoods in Central, West, and North Long Beach to get the word out to Prop 47 eligible individuals before the window to reclassify their record closes in November 2017. Thanks to the support of PADNET, producers are now creating public service announcements to help in outreach efforts. Watch and share the latest PSA featuring Ingrid Archie. 

Take action by helping the Long Beach Coalition for Safety and Justice canvass neighborhoods to get the word out before it's too late. Canvassing opportunities are available every Wednesday from 4-7pm and every Saturday from 10am-1pm. Sign up to volunteer by filling out the online form here
August 2: Green Zones Workshop in North Long Beach
North Long Beach residents, community organizations, and local businesses are invited to join the BHC Environmental Health Workgroup, Empact Communities and a host of environmental-justice organizations for an energizing discussion about Green Zones. Green Zones is a community-led strategy to transform areas overburdened by pollution into healthy, thriving neighborhoods. Similar to Central and West Long Beach, North Long Beach faces significant health inequities when it comes to pollution due to the amount of truck trips, oil operations, and major freeways like the 710 and the 91. We are seeking input on the Green Zones policy because residents know the community best. Help us identify the needs, priorities, and solutions in order to create environmentally healthy neighborhoods. 

The Green Zones workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd at the Houghton Park Bike Hub (6301 Myrtle Ave. 90805, look for the large mural under the baseball bleachers). Community residents are welcome to come anytime between 2-5pm to participate in the activities. For more information, please email or visit
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