Center for Health, Environment, and Justice Records, 1942 -- 2016


This collection has:

802.67 Cubic Feet
670 Digital Object(s)

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice was founded in 1981 by Lois Marie Gibbs under the name Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, Inc. (CCHW). The organization grew out of Gibbs' experience organizing her community in Love Canal, New York. The Love Canal experience taught her to fight for information and support after discovering her son's elementary school was built on a toxic waste site. Gibbs' experience as a community activist led her to create CCHW to help other citizens in similar situations through grassroots organizing. The early efforts of the organization helped people obtain information and access to tools that would allow them to organize and motivate their communities, resolve their problems, receive compensation and government aid, and understand scientific data in layman's terms.

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