Environmental & Climate Justice

[STAND-L.A.] Power of Persistence Report Out Now!

August 31, 2023
By Courtney Kassel

Liberty Hill’s Power of Persistence report recounts the story of L.A.’s hard-fought victory for environmental justice. With more than 5,000 oil wells in the City of Los Angeles and over 22,000 in the County of Los Angeles, data shows that a significant portion of the oil activity in L.A. exists within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, and other public areas.

The result is a wide range of increased risks of health harms for frontline communities including respiratory illness, increased risk of cancer, and birth defects when exposed during pregnancy.

For more than a decade, frontline residents in Los Angeles have been fighting to end these environmental injustices through community organizing by means of the Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (STAND-L.A.) coalition. The environmental justice coalition formed in 2014—uniting frontline neighborhoods, environmental justice groups, and public health organizations across Los Angeles—to protect the health and safety of Angelenos.

Read the Power of Persistence report today to learn about their multi-year fight for change.