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Land Use and Community Health Campaign, (LUCHA) was initiated to preserve, protect, and enhance people of color and working-class communities by addressing environmental, economic, health and cultural impacts of zoning and land use planning.  Zoning and land use planning have been described by some scholars as not only as a root enabling cause of disproportionate burdens and environmental injustice, but also the most fundamental and potentially most powerful of the legal weapons deployed in the cause of racism.  The history of land use planning and zoning in Austin helps to explain how the unequal distribution of economic and environmental burdens has occurred, and why these historical patterns have been the source of many injustice that confront people of color and/or low income communities of East Austin. PODER is currently addressing displacement and gentrification.

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