Building Equity and Alignment for Environmental Justice (BEA) envisions a future in which grassroots groups lead and inform environmental movements. BEA’s mission is to foster authentic cross-sector relationships to advance the progress of the environmental movement towards a just transition to equitable funding. We shift power and resources from institutions to grassroots leadership as we transform the environmental movement. BEA is a model for facilitating courageous conversations with and among three sectors: grassroots environmental justice organizations, national environmental organizations, and philanthropy. BEA creates opportunities so that all sectors can build alignment and understanding of frontline EJ issues. We champion grassroots’ access to power, money, and visibility as they make sustainable impact in the marginalized communities they serve.
Led by the grassroots and guided by the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, BEA nurtures authentic relationships in order to strengthen collaboration and host deep dialogues on strategy, policy and movement alignment. Our innovative approach is changing hearts, minds and cultures to set an agenda for cross-sector solidarity, community-based organizing, and a powerful movement that effectively builds and leverages influence as a united group.