of the Earth (Stewards), formerly known as
Protecting our Environment, was organized in 2006 by
Lupe Anguiano, who had been working
as a community volunteer on various environmental issues.
Lupe received an Individual Consultant Grant from
the Women’s Foundation in San Francisco – advocated by Luz
Vega-Marquis, President of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.
The grant helped Lupe work with several State and National
environmental organizations in California, Oregon and
Washington State. The goal was to defeat installation
of BHP Billiton’s “Cabrillo Port LNG”
(Liquefied Natural Gas) facility off the Oxnard, Malibu,
Ventura County California coast. The project was finally
defeated because it violated Ventura County's air pollution
Stewards of the Earth (subtitled as “Protecting our
Environment”) received a grant from the
California Wellness Foundation, recommended by Luz
Vega-Marquis. Other funds came from Marcia Burnam, Board of
Directors member and from the Sanchez family (former students
of Lupe Anguiano). All funds were received via the umbrella
non-profit, 501-(c)-(3) IRS Tax Exempt status of CAUSE
(Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy).
the California Wellness Foundation and individual
contributions were used to continue protecting the
Tri-County (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo) area
and Los Angeles County from several LNG projects including
one in the Oxnard, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County –
Houston based “Northern Star Natural Gas” LNG Project known
as “Clearwater Port LNG.” The Northern Star Natural Gas LNG
project proposed importing LNG from overseas, continuing
States' dependence on foreign sources of energy. The
also contribute to green gas emissions, one of the
contributors to global
Stewards of the Earth selected its Board of Directors,
filed and received approval from the California Secretary of
State as a non-profit “Public Benefit Corporation.”
Stewards is currently filing for tax exemption from the
California Franchise Tax Board.
of Indigenous – Low Income Peoples
Stewards' Indigenous People project began in 2005.
Lupe Anguiano served as a volunteer on the St. Rose of
Lima Committee at
Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, CA. The
committee was a faith-based group that focused on global outreach to
the poor. It provided small
financial contributions to projects serving the poor in
Latin America and Africa. It also assisted
programs in the United States -principally in the deep South
and communities in and near Ventura County. This church-based program, headed by Father Daniel
O’Sullivan, set aside 10% of the Sunday collection as a contribution to poor people in the US and
When Father O’Sullivan retired from
his pastorate in 2008, the church-based program ended.
Stewards of the Earth is now continuing work
formerly done by Sacred Heart Church.
One of the
many projects of the former St Rose of Lima committee
was support of a training and employment program managed by the Poor Clare Catholic
Sisters (Nuns) of Divine Mercy, from Chalco, Mexico (60
miles south of Mexico City). The Sisters live and work among
indigenous people in the State of Chiapas, Mexico.
They recruit, train and provide
various employment skills to Indigenous women and
their families. The program promotes family unity by opening
opportunities for jobs in Mexico. It helps program
participants avoid the dangers and abuses faced
by people crossing the Border to seek employment in
the United States.
On April 17
to 25, 2008; Lupe Anguiano visited the Sisters in Chalco, Mexico.
also traveled to San Miguel La Sardina in the State of
Chiapas to view the work of the Sisters and to
explore how Stewards of the Earth might partner with
them in expanding their skills training program.
(Individual funds for this travel were provided by Marcia Burnam,
Sanchez family members, Sacred Heart Church and Lupe
Sisters in Chalco, Mexico and village people in San Miguel
la Sardina welcomed Lupe’s
visit with open arms and enthusiasm. In a message to
Stewards of the Earth's Board of Directors, the Poor
Clare Sisters and San Miguel la Sardina village people
thanked us for our interest in working with them.
They asked the Board to
consider was the following:
Developing two computer laboratories, one in the Training
Classroom in Chalco and the other in the public school in
San Miguel la Sardina in the State of Chiapas, Mexico.
computer laboratories would be used to provide computer
skills, enabling the Sisters and Indigenous women,
families and children to gain skills in modern technology.
By building a strong training base that would last
for years, the community could eventually operate on its own. Technological skills would
service the growing number of Chiapas-based companies in
the geothermal industry, and attract other business to the area.
People projects will focus in developing sustainable
education, computer and language literacy skills training,
and economic model self-support projects that can be
duplicated. In particular, it will focus on programs that
help low income and minority women and their families
become self-supporting, while remaining in their own nation/country.
Indigenous cultures and languages will be respected.
Our Collective History
the Earth's Collective History Program started March 12, 2006.
On that date the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
celebrated of the
opening of the Lupe Anguiano Archives. It was a new
initiative, dedicated to collecting and maintaining Latina Archives at
the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
UCLA obtained funding from the Ford Foundation to
begin extensive Latina history research and archival
of the Earth plans to approach UCLA's Chicano
Studies program and request that they conduct the
assessment and evaluation of all Steward's projects.