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

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

A film by The Redford Center
Directed by Pita Juarez
Produced by Mango Skies

“Things happen because the community has power.” 

Directed by Pita Juarez, Community Power Arizona: En Nuestrxs Manos (In Our Hands) tells the story of Teo Argueta, a community organizer, and a group of local mothers who unite to connect the issues of clean air and dirty buses with local health impacts, and specifically childhood asthma. In Phoenix, Arizona’s Maricopa County, one of the most polluted counties in America, more than 1 in 9 children suffer from asthma. And every day approximately 25 million children across the country ride school buses, exposing them to diesel exhaust that emits dangerous pollutants into their developing lungs, causing respiratory illnesses, aggravating asthma, and exposing them to cancer-causing pollutants. Teo and the local mothers remind elected officials that polluting buses should not endanger the young people of Maricopa County in their daily pursuit to access education. Together, they achieve an important and historic victory in the fight for children’s right to breathe clean air – Arizona’s first 84 seat electric school bus.

Power the Vote: Community Power is an initiative of The Redford Center, in collaboration with League of Conservation Voters and Chispa, showcasing local activists, storytellers, and culture-makers as visionary leaders with the collective power to enact lasting environmental change.