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Organizing & Advocacy 

We believe that achieving change in our community requires self-advocacy, because no one knows the community better than its residents. Route 9 CDC is a member of the Route 9 Monitoring Committee, a forum that brings community members, officials, and other stakeholders together to monitor development along the corridor. In partnership with the 913 Alliance, we have established a community feedback loop to learn of issues that affect residents’ lives and to find solutions. This has allowed residents to resist development that is detrimental to the community in favor of development that supports community needs.

A major component of our advocacy is focused on environmental justice and addressing social determinants of health. The Route 9 Corridor has historically felt the impacts of environmental issues due to the proximity to polluting industry and to the Port of Wilmington. We work with local, state, and national organizations to address environmental issues that impact the neighborhoods where we live, work, play, worship, and leave a legacy.

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