Fourteen organizations will build power among community residents to advocate for local policy and systems changes to advance park and green space equity.
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DETROIT, MICHIAGN, July 27, 2022 — One Love Global is proud to be part of the inaugural cohort of the People, Parks, and Power (P3) initiative. P3 is the first national funding initiative in the U.S. to support community-based organizations to build power and reverse deep seated park and green space inequities in Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities across the country.
Parks and green spaces are essential community infrastructure that protect public health and promote mental wellbeing—made clearer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks provide people opportunities for physical activity, time in nature, social connection, and respite. They also help mitigate the impacts of climate change by cooling temperatures, cleansing air, filtering stormwater, and replenishing groundwater. However, all communities do not have access to safe, well maintained, and programmed green spaces.
Following a highly competitive selection process, One Love Global is one of just 14 groups across the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico to be awarded a $500,000 P3 grant over the next two years.
One Love Global and Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement (PPM) Detroit will work to increase Black youth voice in Detroit’s city government decision-making around green space and environmental issues, and influence how ARPA funds are spent. Black Detroiters face the brunt of environmental and racial injustice, including lack of safe green space; flooding; toxic air, water, and food; decaying public infrastructures; redlining; destructive “urban renewal” and highway construction; and gentrification. With incoming American Rescue Plan Act funds, this is a critical moment to prioritize youth voice in park and green space in Detroit.
PPM is an organizing home for youth, ages 12 to high school graduation to network with another, build collective power, and improve their community year-round. PPM Detroit prioritizes Environmental Justice as one of its key issues, with a focus on increasing access to, ownership of, and the sense of belonging that Black youth experience in green spaces. They also focus on related issues of Community Safety & Ending Violence by strengthening neighborly ties and ending gun, police, gender-based violence, without increasing the size and scope of the criminal-legal system, and Education Justice, ensuring their schools have the resources they need.
Funding for this project is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundations.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest philanthropy in the United States dedicated solely to improving health. RWJF is working to build a Culture of Health where everyone in America has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is a national philanthropy supporting people and the planet for a more creative, equitable and sustainable future. Headquartered in New York, DDCF makes grants across six funding areas and oversees two museums and a center for environmental stewardship.
The People, Parks, and Power initiative is led and managed by Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, safety, and wellbeing through thriving, equitable communities.