Community Power

Community Power

Showcasing local activists, storytellers, and culture-makers as the visionary leaders needed to build the movement toward a just environmental future

As part of The Redford Center’s ongoing civic engagement initiatives, the 2021-22 Community Power short film series spotlights voices from some of the most polluted communities in the country, sharing their unique stories of collective action to enact meaningful, representative, and lasting change. In collaboration with League of Conservation Voters and Chispa, this new collection of short films responds to the urgent need for all Americans to be concerned about environmental injustice during a critical moment when historic policy investments in clean transportation, jobs, and justice are being made. 

Community Power films highlight how investing in clean transportation provides the opportunity to cut harmful air pollution threatening health and livelihoods, support people and communities who are too often left behind, and create millions of jobs that modernize our transportation and energy infrastructure. 

Community Power: Clean Transportation Action Toolkit

The public’s acceptance of the climate emergency has peaked – but the will to act is still lacking. Technical solutions are not enough. We need a radical cultural shift to drive mass participation and collective, global action. Our free Community Power: Clean Transportation Action Toolkit helps audiences learn more about the urgent need to support clean transportation for a more just environmental future. It includes helpful facts, tips, and resources to help you make a difference in local communities. 

Community Power: Short Film Series


Community Power Minnesota: Transportation and Happiness


Directed by Sebastian Schnabel and produced by Cici Yixuan Wu, Community Power Minnesota: Transportation and Happiness, introduces us to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Yingling Fan and her community. Together, Dr. Fan and her community have developed a "Transportation Happiness Map" that captures the positive emotions tied to biking, public transportation, and avoiding traffic behind the wheel. Community leaders see this data as the groundwork for clean transportation and infrastructure design that prioritizes the health of people and our planet.

Community Power New Jersey: Our Streets


Directed by Adam Nawrot, Community Power New Jersey: Our Streets, tells the story of about how the cycling activists of Trenton, New Jersey channeled their collective power to advocate for everyone's right to safe and accessible streets, clean transportation, and community resources.

Community Power Indiana: Beyond The Line


Directed by Sam Mirpoorian, Community Power Indiana: Beyond The Line, tells the story of the city of Indianapolis’ bipartisan support for clean transportation headed by IndyGo. By eliminating inequitable barriers and investing in IndyGo’s Red and Purple Lines, the city has provided a safe, reliable, and economically accessible commute alternative and more.

Community Power Nevada: Unidxs En Acción (United In Action)


Directed by Nicolas Cadena, Community Power Nevada: Unidxs En Acción (United In Action) tells the story of how a group of Latinx community activists in Clark County, Nevada — one of the most polluted counties in the country — are using their own unique brand of Community Power to rally for their right to breathe clean air.

Community Power Arizona: En Nuestrxs Manos (In Our Hands) 


Directed by Pita Juarez, Community Power Arizona: En Nuestrxs Manos (In Our Hands) tells the story of how residents of Maricopa County — where 1 in every 9 children suffers from asthma —  rallied their Community Power in a historic milestone that brought clean transportation to their school district.

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