Media Expert Guide

The WECR Caucus is driven by the notion that those closest to the challenges are the closest to the solutions. The Caucus consists of a breadth of water protectors, content experts, community leaders, and policy advocates across the country who are working to ensure safe and affordable drinking water, economic inclusion, climate-resilient communities, and cultural rights to water are a reality for all communities across the country.

  • Community Water Center
    Founded in 2006, Community Water Center (CWC) is a not-for-profit environmental justice organization, whose mission is to act as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through education, organizing, and advocacy.
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  • EarthJustice
    Earthjustice partners with community organizations to fight for stronger environmental protections in court, Congress, and at the EPA by providing legal expertise and knowledge of federal agency regulatory processes to make the fight for water justice more accessible and efficient for all involved.
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  • Emerald Cities Collaborative
    Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) takes a comprehensive approach to help communities develop and implement cost-saving clean energy and water solutions including policy and project development to save money and energy. ECC aims to improve the health of the planet and people — particularly in low-and moderate-income communities.
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  • Flint Rising
    Flint Rising is a coalition of community organizations and allies working to ensure that directly impacted people are building the organizing infrastructure and leadership necessary for this long-haul fight for justice and creating the future that Flint families need and deserve.
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  • Ginew Collective
    Ginew Collective is an indigenous-women, two-spirit led frontline resistance to protect Mother Earth and advance systemic change that respects Indigenous sovereignty and the severity of the climate crisis while prioritizing traditional knowledge, divestment strategies, and water defense on the frontlines such as Line 3. 
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  • Green Latinos
    GreenLatinos convenes an active comunidad of Latino/a/x leaders where members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of Latinx and other communities of color including low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond. 
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  • Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
    Co-chairs of the WECR Caucus, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) are advancing structural shifts toward climate justice and ecological equity in communities of color on the frontline of climate change in the South and beyond. GCCLP, alongside Movement for Black Lives, anchors the Red, Black Green New Deal, a multi-year multi-issue initiative designed to educate and catalyze Black people to take actions that mitigate the impact of the global climate crisis on Black Lives.
  • Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch has documented violations of the right to water for nearly 20 years. Since 2013, it has worked to advance the human rights to water and sanitation globally, including investigating how deregulating mountaintop removal threatens drinking water and public health in the United States.
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  • Sixth World Solutions
    Sixth World Solutions offers alternative education/training that advances social, environmental, and economic justice while empowering community-based capacities to advance renewable and energy efficiency technologies while honoring the natural order. 
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  • Hijra House and Steps Coalition
  • Milwaukee Water Commons
    Milwaukee Water Commons is a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration, and broad community leadership on behalf of Wisconsin’s common waters. They promote stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for the common waters.
  • Verde
    Since 2005, Verde has brought environmental investments to low-income neighborhoods, designed engagement strategies around these investments, and ensured that investments directly benefited low-income people and people of color by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach, and advocacy.
  • U.S. Water Alliance
    The Alliance aligns diverse stakeholders — utilities, public agencies, community organizations, environmental groups, agricultural interests, labor, researchers, artists and culture bearers, and many others — to find common ground solutions to our nation’s most pressing water challenges.
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  • We the People of Detroit
    We the People of Detroit promotes community coalition building and provides mechanisms and vehicles intended to inform, train and mobilize the residents of Detroit to improve their quality of life including access to safe and affordable water and water shutoffs intervention.
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The Water Equity & Climate Resilience Caucus is a national network composed of the following: 

  • Core members: The Caucus prioritizes people of color-led frontline organizations followed by those that are equity-focused as core members. This includes but is not limited to grassroots organizations, tribal/ Indigenous leaders, artists/ cultural bearers,  and civil rights organizations. As a core member, your leadership, voice, and communities are centered in activities and decision-making processes.
  • Allies: We welcome any organizations and institutions who are working towards strengthening their environmental justice and racial equity lens as allies. This includes but is not limited to water utilities, universities, and research institutions. As allies, we hope you can support our frontline communities by sharing resources and information.
  • Funders: Organizations who have provided, or are providing, financial support to the Caucus’s activities or works related to water democracy and climate justice

See where our members are located.

Allied Regional / State Coalitions

Although the Caucus engages primarily in federal advocacy together, there are a few regional formations across the country where Caucus members leverage local networks to advance water equity and climate resilience goals. These formations are critically important to mobilizing local, statewide, and regional partners in campaigns and initiatives that strengthen and influence the broader efforts of the Caucus. 

  • California Water Affordability Campaign
    A group of organizations led by Community Water Center that meet regularly to advocate for policies and shift the narrative around water affordability issues throughout the state of California. A coalition of rural central valley and urban grassroots from across the state are collaborating to ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable water.
  • Gulf South for a Green New Deal 
    A regional initiative of community organizations and leaders advancing the global fight for climate justice through organizing and activism in the Gulf South.