UPDATE: The 2023 Collective Learning & Action Session started on February 1st, but you can still join in. Learn more and sign up here to join in!

We’re building a network of community members and organizations throughout Wisconsin. Join us!

Our mission is to build a multiracial and multicultural environmental community and movement centered around environmental justice. We commit to working together to advocate for environmental justice, fight racism, decenter whiteness, and dismantle white supremacy so all people and the planet can thrive.

Why We’re Here

Our liberation as a society is tied together. By dismantling the systems of division and oppression within the movement, we can work together and have a greater impact that will benefit everyone. We can ensure that the people who are impacted the most by environmental hazards receive the funding, resources, and support needed to address it. We can also ensure that environmental benefits are equitably distributed throughout the community.

Who We Are

We’re a network of 160 community members and 25 organizations located throughout Wisconsin. The following organizations have joined in as Committed Partners:

What We Do

Since Spring 2021, we’ve been providing opportunities to build community, learning about systems of oppression on the personal and organizational level and how to dismantle them, and taking action in our community to further our mission.

We do this through our…

  • Collective Learning & Action Sessions
    At the beginning of each year, community members who are interested in exploring systems of oppression are invited to work together through Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad or Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Community members gather once a month to build community, and discuss what they’re learning and how they’re taking action. Sign up here to join in the 2023 session!
  • Collective Action Alerts
    Every two weeks, community members receive a Collective Action Alert email with suggested actions to fight racism, work towards environmental justice, and build a multicultural environmental community. Collective Action Alerts allow us to act in unison and target our collective power to respond to the needs of the community.
  • Quarterly Network Meetups
    Committed Partners and community members interested in working together to learn about and address the systemic issues in the environmental movement and society as a whole, are invited to attend our virtual quarterly meetups. This is an opportunity to build community, work together, and brainstorm how we can make an impact.

As a network we act in unison, pool our resources, and target our collective power to respond to the needs of the community. Our collective voice and actions amplify the need for equitable solutions to environmental injustices, and support the people and projects that are currently working to address them. Get involved by joining the network here!

Support Our Work

Since this project began, it has relied on volunteer efforts. We are very proud of what we’ve been able to build and accomplish, and are very grateful for everyone’s commitments and efforts. To ensure we can move forward equitably and sustainably, we are seeking funds to support the people involved and their work.

We secured funding to support our work through 2023, but we are currently working to raise $26,285 to fund this effort into 2024. This funding will allow us to hire two part-time co-leaders, two facilitators for the Collective Learning & Action Sessions, and to build a website that will help us further our mission.

This funding will give us time to make this network self-sustaining and seek funding from grants as needed. Any funding we receive that exceeds our goal will be used to support, improve, and expand our programs listed above. Any contribution will help us reach our goal, and would be greatly appreciated.

If you’d like to support our work, please click the button below and select “Building a Multicultural Environmental Community” in the dropdown menu. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Special Acknowledgements

This program is inspired by the following anti-racism educators and activists: August BallIbram X. KendiLayla F. Saad, and Leah Thomas. We encourage you to get to know them and support their work.

Thank you to Dr. Sandra Jones for her guidance throughout this project. Thank you to David Thomas of Nearby Nature for his assistance in launching this project.

Additional Project Information

This project began after David Thomas and Mandi McAlister attended August Ball‘s anti-racism workshop series hosted by Nearby Nature Milwaukee in Fall 2020. Nearby Nature Milwaukee, Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, and Hummingbird collaborated to launch this project in March 2021.

13 organizations and over 90 community members joined in after its initial launch. It grew to 20 organizations and 130 community members in 2022. You can read more about how it came together here and its launch here.

This project is lead by Mandi McAlister and continues to be developed as a program of Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.