Valley Improvement Projects

Advocating for Social and Environmental Justice in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley

Media Links

V.I.P. has been featured in several news stories, interviews, and on the websites of other organizations:

VIP’s Facebook videos: media

https://www.facebook.com/ValleyImprovementProjects/videos

VIP’s YouTube videos:

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VIP  featured by our fiscal sponsor, Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE):

http://saveourplanet.org/projects/valley-improvement-projects/

VIP’s Co-founder and Project Director Bianca Lopez is interviewed on local radio station KCBP 95.5fm show “Women of the Valley,” September 2020:

VIP joins other local organizations, such as the Modesto Peace/Life Center and Stanislaus Chapters of Faith in the Valley, NAACP and the ACLU, in calling for civilian oversight of police in Modesto, August 2020:

https://www.modbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article244959305.html

VIP featured in the California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) Facebook Live Presentation, July 2020: 

VIP receives a Recycling Award from the City of Modesto (VIP at 10:38), September 2019:

https://agenda.modestogov.com/OnBaseAgendaOnlineCouncil/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=715&doctype=2

VIP’s anti-trash incineration work mentioned in PBS News Hour article, June 2019:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/is-burning-trash-a-good-way-to-dispose-of-it-waste-incineration-in-charts

VIP is interviewed by Catholic Charities Environmental Justice Program about our #BringBacktheBlueBin Campaign, May 2019:

VIP participates in a round-table discussion on climate change and sustainable agricultural practices with presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke at Modesto Junior College, April 2019:

https://www.modbee.com/latest-news/article229765259.html

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VIP’s Co-founder and Project Director Bianca Lopez is interviewed on local radio station KCBP 95.5fm show “Women of the Valley,” March 2019:

VIP presents at a “Know Your Rights” workshop organized by MEChA de Modesto Junior College, February 2019:

VIP interviewed by Catholic Charities Environmental Justice Program, December 2018:

VIP quoted in California Health Report article on carpet incineration, December 2018:

http://www.calhealthreport.org/2018/12/13/carpets-cited-health-hazard-especially-children-poor-communities/

Modesto Peace/Life Center Publication “Stanislaus Connections” Article on VIP’s Award Dinner, March 2018:

http://stanislausconnections.org/connections%20April18.pdf

VIP Helps with “Toys for Tots” in Riverbank, December 2017:

http://www.theriverbanknews.com/m/section/22/article/5971/

VIP Advocates for Carpet Recycling (Not Incineration) in Stanislaus County, October 2017:

http://www.floorcoveringweekly.com/main/topnews/new-bill-aims-to-reduce-carpet-waste-20564.aspx

VIP and CEJC Members Speak to CalEPA about Civil Rights & Cumulative Impacts (VIP at 58:05), August 2017:

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FGreenaction4EJ%2Fvideos%2F1525838854135639%2F&show_text=0&width=560

VIP and GAIA’s Op-Ed on Carpet Recycling in Stanislaus, July 2017:

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article159928099.html

VIP Marches with CEJC and Allies at US-EPA in San Francisco, April 2017:

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCEJCoalition%2Fvideos%2F696994793758944%2F&show_text=0&width=560

VIP Presents at the People’s Forum on Police Brutality at the Modesto Church of the Brethren, September 2016:

https://www.modcob.org/2016/09/03/peoples-forum/

VIP Protests Lenient Sentence for Criminal Stanislaus Sheriff, June 2016:

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article86524727.html

Video: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article86549762.html/video-embed

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VIP’s co-founder Emiliano Mataka is remembered and honored on Making Contact’s “Fallen Heroes” radio show, December 2015:

Fallen Heroes 2015

VIP Presents on Waste Diversion at Stanislaus Board of Supervisors (VIP at 20:22), October 2015:

http://www.stancounty.com/bos/video/10-20-2015.shtm

VIP Presents on Waste Diversion at Modesto City Council (VIP at 12:50), October 2015:

https://agenda.modestogov.com/OnBaseAgendaOnlineCouncil/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=566&doctype=2

VIP Advocates for Recycling in Modesto on KCRA-3 News, October 2015:

http://www.kcra.com/article/group-fights-for-curbside-recycling-in-modesto/6237597

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Center on Climate Change and Health’s Story on VIP, June 2015:

http://climatehealthconnect.org/stories/valley-improvement-projects-working-with-the-community-to-improve-the-community/

Modesto Peace/Life Center Publication “Stanislaus Connections” Article on VIP, April 2015:

http://stanislausconnections.org/connections%20april-may15.pdf

Community Food & Justice Coalition Story on VIP, March 2015:

http://comfoodjustice.org/2015/03/16/valley-improvement-projects/

VIP Participates in March for Real Climate Justice in Oakland, February 2015:

Modesto Bee’s Q&A with VIP, June 2014:

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article3167135.html

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VIP is a Member of the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ), February 2014:

VIP Members Volunteer at the Modesto Syringe Exchange, January 2014:

Revolutionary Hip-Hop Report Story on VIP, September 2013:

https://rhhr.org/2013/09/17/valley-improvement-projects-v-i-p-opens-community-center-for-social-environmental-justice-in-modesto/

VIP speaks about CalEnviroScreen at Stanislaus Board of Supervisors (VIP at 18:50), June 2013:

http://www.stancounty.com/bos/video/06-18-2013.shtm

VIP Marches with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, May 2013:

VIP Speaks at Earth Day Action in San Francisco, April 2013:

VIP Members Participated in the Modesto Solidarity Network for Tenant’s Rights, June 2011:

VIP Members Protested the Covanta Trash Incinerator at Modesto Earth Day, April 2009:

VIP Members Participated in Modesto CopWatch, March 2008:

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