Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO,) also known as La Organización de Justicia Ambiental de La Villita, is a grassroots community organization based in Little Village, Chicago striving for a clean and just environment. We seek to empower our local and global communities through environmental organizing and youth programming for cleaner air, open space, and a sustainable future.
The mission of LVEJO is to organize with our community to accomplish environmental justice in Little Village and achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families.
Our vision is to build a sustainable community that promotes the healthy development of youth and families, provides economic justice, and practices participatory democracy and self-determination.
LVEJO’s theory of social change is centered upon the belief that when low income and people of color understand the root causes of their experiences of oppression, they have the power and agency to transform society. LVEJO’s grassroots organizing model is grounded in three guiding principles:
1) intergenerational leadership that sustains community self-determination
2) it assumes that those directly affected have the solutions to solve their own problems; and
3) it builds upon the existing assets and resources of the community for social change.