25 years of fighting for racial justice
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.


Our History

25 Years of Fighting for Racial Justice
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.

More than Fighting Redlining: The Origins of The Greenlining Institute 
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.

Taking a Federal Reserve Official on a Tour of South Central L.A. 
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.


Young People Changing Policy: The Birth of Greenlining’s Leadership Academy
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.

Brownfields, UC Merced and Fighting for Environmental Equity
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.

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