Citizens for Economic and Environmental Injustice (CEEJ) founder Goldie Wells speaks about Northeast Greensboro’s history of organizing to fight injustice.

After City leaders proposed reopening the White Street Landfill in Northeast Greensboro, the community pulled together to fight this local environmental injustice. White Street residents, the League of Women Voters, and CEEJ organized protests and a lawsuit in order to keep the expansion of the landfill from happening.

After this success, CEEJ members began to explore how to end the food desert that the community suffered in for more than 14 years. The group decided to create a community-owned grocery store after years of unsuccessful efforts to lure grocery chains or individual entrepreneurs into the area.

The Renaissance Community Cooperative has now raised over two thirds of its start-up capital, $1.2 million out of a $1.8 million dollar budget, and is working with the City of Greensboro and Guilford County to complete their financing. The RCC plans to open the doors to their community-owned cooperative grocery store in 2015.

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