Union de Vecinos is an organization of neighborhood committees where low income working families, seniors, and youth come together to SEE the conditions of their neighborhoods, REFLECT on the root causes of these conditions, and ACT to bring about real concrete change.
Union de Vecinos started in 1996 fighting against the demolition of the Pico Aliso public housing projects. Years later we have grown to a Network of Neighborhood Committees promoting economic and environmental justice, civic engagement, preservation of housing, and building healthy and stable community neighborhoods. We do this through community organizing, popular education and direct action. In our model, solution to a problem are developed by those most affected - community - this is what drives us and is at the heart of our work.
Union de Vecinos, through its Neighborhood
Committees, organizes local clean-ups, murals,
custom bench designs, community wide
cultural celebrations, stop lights and cross walks
for safety, solar powered lighting in areas with
no light posts, and many other initiatives that
improve the quality of life in Boyle Heights
Union de Vecinos leverages 20 plus years of
experience in our community organizing and
coalition building in the development of future
community leaders. Community leaders are
residents invest in their time, energy, and
passion into leading campaigns, meeting with
their local councilman, organizing protests, and
building a base of support in their community
through local Neighborhood Committees.
Union de Vecinos has spent 20 years working
with communities in Boyle Heights and Maywood
to make government work for its low income
citizens. Through community organizing and
strategic partnerships, Union de Vecinos has
fought to maintain the integrity of these
neighborhoods by ensuring that appropriate
housing and public space addresses the needs
of the people.