Promotores are trained in the framework that places environmental protection in the center of our rights –our right to clean air, clean water, and safe climate.
In 2016, Chispa Maryland graduated its first group of eleven promoters to advocate for environmental issues that affect their communities. Promotores are trained in the framework that places environmental protection in the center of our rights –our right to clean air, clean water, and safe climate. They study the U.S. Constitution, United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Environmental Justice Principles, the structure of our government, and how to organize their community. They develop a work plan that culminates in forming a Comité (Committee); the promotor collaborates with Chispa Maryland staff thereafter. This model moves environmental issues to the forefront and creates the infrastructure in our communities for long-term, transitional organizing and community participation.
Chispa Maryland will continue to expand its community outreach and create capacity to advocate for environmental justice issues locally and statewide.
We will work with community members to create opportunities to engage in the outdoors, educational activities, volunteer events, workshops, and advocacy.
Chispa Maryland will be working with our promoters and graduate new promoters to increase the influence and power Latinxs have in environmental advocacy.