Strength lies in unity. Los Angeles Communities for Environmental Equity seeks to bring together neighborhoods, likeminded organizations and stakeholders of all types – be they residents or visitors who simply enjoy a walk along the Los Angeles River – to work together and rectify decades of social and environmental injustice suffered by the many communities along its 51 miles. As efforts at beautification and restoration intensify, matched by monied interests in development and big spending from City Hall, having the voices of our neighborhoods heard becomes even more crucial. We cannot allow neglectful and abusive relationships, such as that between the city and Metrolink’s Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) to continue unabated. We must do for ourselves what the city has failed to do for us: protect the air, water and quality of life for all.