Nov 6, 2023
WASHINGTON — Today, GreenLatinos announces the launch of its latest collaborative program - Colaborativo40. The program aims to serve Latino/a/e organizations, environmental justice organizations, businesses, universities, Latinas, unions, and elected officials to access Justice 40 Initiative funding. Through Colaborativo40, GreenLatinos will work with the seven largest Latino organizations— Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Hispanic Federation, LatinoJustice, MANA A Latina Organization, UnidosUS, and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)— to ensure Latino/a/e, Black, Indigenous, Asian, and other communities of color get our fair share of federal grant dollars to protect our communities from the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis.
For the last six months, GreenLatinos and its partners have been working behind the scenes organizing their membership, holding internal discussions with stakeholders, and receiving input from frontline communities in anticipation of this announcement.
Following the launch of Colaborativo40’s new website, GreenLatinos Founding President and CEO Mark Magaña released the following statement:
“Colaborativo40 is a pioneering effort to connect our partners, members, and community to resources, technical assistance, and other opportunities made available through the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative.
We aim to ensure that the Latino/a/e community is not overlooked when accessing funds provided by the Justice40 Initiative. Historically, Latino/a/e, Black, Indigenous, Asian, and other disadvantaged communities have been last to receive funding critical to curb the dangerous impacts of the climate crisis on the health of these frontline communities. Our program will provide the necessary infrastructure to better position and prepare our communities for the historical investments coming from the Justice40 Initiative.
GreenLatinos (NOTE: GreenLatinos is ONE WORD) is an active comunidad of Latino/a/e leaders, emboldened by the power and wisdom of our culture, united to demand equity and dismantle racism, resourced to win our environmental, conservation, and climate justice battles, and driven to secure our political, economic, cultural, and environmental liberation