“In the city, we accept that my backyard is a refinery, and that’s normal. But it’s not normal. That’s the land hurting. And we’re hurting because the land is hurting. The land shouldn’t be hurting. The air shouldn’t be hurting you.”
This video interview was recorded during the first Alliance of Earth, Sky and Water Protectors Summit at the Lummi Nation Stommish Grounds, May 27-29, 2022.
Jan Victor Andasan is a community organizer with East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. Jan was born in the Philippines until they emigrated in 1997 to Long Beach, California. They lived there for about five years where they attended Daniel Webster Elementary. They moved to Carson in the South Bay area where they got involved with student organizing against the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. They went to the University of California where they got a Bachelor in Arts in Asian American Studies with a concentration in Pilipin@ Studies. During their tenure at UCLA, they were involved with organizing students of color, LGBTQ issues, and various issues affecting underrepresented communities. They worked on the affordability, accessibility, and quality of higher education. Jan has a passion for addressing social justice issues.