Community Activism Through Mapping

Nov. 29, 2013 / By

Community Activism Through Mapping

Roosevelt High Students presenting to mapping company, Esri.

Say there’s an issue in your community you want to fix. There are the obvious tactics. Maybe you try picketing, talking to your local government, or collecting signatures from your neighbors. But have you ever thought of mapping your issue? That’s what four students at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles did with the help of the Foundation and the mapping company, Esri.

You can watch a video of students presenting their work about important issues facing their community here. The maps compared median household income and race to show segregation; the number of murals to the number of billboards; and where environmentally contaminated areas overlap with high density neighborhoods.

All the students were told to map an environmental justice issue. Uriel Gonzalez, one of the four students from Roosevelt High, decided to map access to parks in his community. He and his team collected data and focused on three different areas, which were health, safety, and cultural enrichment. Uriel surveyed his community, asking questions like, “Are our parks safe?” and “Is our general population around this community unhealthy because they’re not staying active?”

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