2018 marks an important milestone for us: On March 8, 1993, The Greenlining Institute officially incorporated, making the leap from an informal coalition to an actual organization. This anniversary comes at a moment in our nation’s history when the fight for racial justice has never been more important, a moment when everything we fight for is under more intense threat than we’ve seen in decades.
These past 25 years have been a journey – sometimes difficult, often stressful, but also often exhilarating and always powered by hope. We invite you to join us as we examine our history and look ahead to our next 25 years of fighting for racial justice and a future with true equity and opportunity for communities of color.
By Orson Aguilar
Greenlining’s 25th anniversary comes at a time in our nation’s history when the fight for racial justice has never been more important.
By Ortensia Lopez
Greenlining began as a coalition of community activists, trying to get banks to do more in our communities. We didn’t know how big it would get.
By George Dean
In 1995, the first Greenliners rented a van & took the Federal Reserve Vice Chair on a tour of South Central L.A.’s check-cashing stores to show him how banks neglected poor people. He was shocked.
By Trina Villanueva
Trina entered public policy school to look for solutions to the issues our communities were facing. Greenlining’s Leadership Academy just spoke to her.
By John Gamboa
The environment is a civil rights issue, but some environmentalists didn’t get it. That got us into some interesting fights and led to the work we do today.
By Orson Aguilar
Years before the 2008 crash, we warned Alan Greenspan that predatory lending could cause a crisis.
By Anthony Galace
Obamacare created a huge opportunity to move toward health for all, but we had to push Covered California to think past the status quo. More work remains.
By Alvaro Sanchez
Altogether, California’s efforts have resulted in over $1 billion invested in disadvantaged communities to fight poverty, climate change and pollution.