Environmental Justice & Equity

Working to build economic, social and environmental justice (EJ) in New Jersey's urban communities faced with the disproportionate impacts of pollution. Campaigns include:

Environmental Justice Leaders Join with State Leaders to Support S232 in New Jersey

(Trenton) - Standing together six feet apart today, Governor Murphy, Lt.

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Recognition in the fight for Environmental Justice!

The Murphy administration in New Jersey honored a wide array of environmental leaders with its 2020

Kim Gaddy Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award 2021

Clean Water Action’s NJ and National Environmental Justice Director, Kim Gaddy, Honored with Russ Berrie Make a Difference Award

New Jersey - For the 25th Anniversary of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award, an outstanding group of 24 Honorees were recognized from across the state of New Jersey, this year virtually. Among them was Clean Water Action’s very own New Jersey Environmental Justice Director, Kim Gaddy. Ms. Gaddy along with other individuals were selected by the Advisory Board out of a pool of 330+ nominations submitted in 2020 and 2021.


From We All Live Downstream

Kim Gaddy and Clean Water Action at a Ports Motorcade Rally for Clean Air & Good Jobs. Photo by Jeanette Mitchell
July 19, 2016

Mayor Baraka at Motorcade Rally. Photo by Jeanette MitchellYesterday, Clean Water Action joined the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to lead a motorcade rally through the port followed by a rally on the steps of City Hall to demand the Port Authority of NY/NJ ensure clean air and good jobs now.

Photo by Kim Gaddy
February 23, 2016

By Amy Goldsmith, State Director, Clean Water Action. Follow on Twitter.

Solid as a rock

Rooted like a tree

I am here

Standing strong

In my rightful place

photo by moving forward network
November 25, 2015

There are times in environmental battles when communities can start to feel this way. However, community organizing can play a critical role in bringing people together to rise up and make a difference. That's why I'm proud to be a community organizer with Clean Water Action. This past weekend, I had an incredible opportunity to work with activists in Staten Island who - like other seaport residents across the nation - are fighting for their health and environmental justice.