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Organizational Principles

In Wilmington, Delaware, our neighborhoods face a generations-old legacy of environmental injustices.  Our community is practically surrounded by industrial facilities that store, use, and release toxic chemicals.  We're a historically Black community with a history to be proud of, but we also face lower wages and environmental injustices compared to other nearby neighborhoods.  My husband Ken and I became involved with Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice (DCR4EJ) to address the challenges we face locally, but by teaming up with Coming Clean and its Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA) we’ve been able to multiply our impact.  We value our relationship with Coming Clean and EJHA because they focus on bottom-up organizing and are dedicated to the principles of equity, justice, and grassroots leadership—which gives us at DCR4EJ a powerful voice in creating equitable solutions that truly work. These principles guide our efforts locally and within our collaboration at Coming Clean, and should serve as guides to a more equitable and just environmental movement.

— Penny Dryden, Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice, Wilmington, DE


Principles that guide Coming Clean and our projects:


Coming Clean members celebrate the our 15th anniversary.