CA Environmental Justice Alliance Calls on Governor to Partner with Communities for Equitable Climate, COVID Recovery

Californians “need investment in community resilience and a Just Recovery”

Los Angeles, CA | March 11, 2021 — In his third state of the state address, Governor Newsom addressed the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 and economic crises on communities of color and low income communities in the past year.

Gladys Limon, Executive Director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance, issued the following statement:

The state of the state is one of staggering inequality. In 2021, there are unacceptable disparities in Californians’ access to shelter, power, clean water, healthy air, and safe, family-sustaining jobs. …

Communities of Color Continue to Lead on Environmental and Climate Justice

Dear community:

It has been an overwhelming and painful year for communities throughout the state. As families face multiple crises, the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) continues to fight for solutions that will address the long-term exposures/violence of environmental racism and climate injustice in California.

As an alliance of environmental justice organizations throughout the state, we unite the powerful local organizing of our members in the communities most impacted by environmental hazards — low-income communities and communities of color — to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide…

Resounding Defeat Shows Californians Reject Deals with Polluters and Amplifies Call for Bolder Climate Leadership

By Strela Cervas, CEJA Action

As recent wildfires, storms, and other extreme weather events have shown, the climate crisis is only getting worse. Everyday we see attacks from the Trump administration on communities of color, the environment, and climate science. Now more than ever, California needs bold, transformative action and real climate leadership, starting with our Governor, to stop bowing to industry pressure to enact bad deals like Proposition 70, and other policies that undermine our climate action and hurt our communities.

On June 5th, voters in California resoundingly rejected Proposition 70, the most controversial proposition on the June primary…

By Tiffany Eng, CEJA Green Zones Program Manager

The impacts of climate change are deeply felt in environmental justice communities where residents are impacted by multiple sources of pollution, health vulnerabilities, and related challenges. These health problems are exacerbated by the fact that public investments and resources are scarce in low-income communities and communities of color.

Communities across the state have been leading the way by crafting comprehensive, neighborhood-level sustainability plans that address long-standing environmental health and equity challenges. As a result, California now has a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gases while improving public health and promoting equitable and sustainable development.

Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) is a…

California’s climate leadership has a national and international spotlight, but it’s everyday residents on the frontlines who are the real heroes.

They are fighting for real climate solutions every day, borne out of their daily struggles and a vision for a just, sustainable world. They are living and working next to polluting factories, oil drilling and fracking sites, industrial agriculture, freeways, rail yards and freight facilities, refineries, and power plants — and fighting for the right to clean air, water and land, and a future that isn’t further jeopardized by climate catastrophes. They are standing up to industry, from Big…

Sexual Harassment & Assault is a Violent Tool for Patriarchal Governance

As a statewide women-led alliance that advocates at the Capitol to create equity-focused policies for healthy, sustainable communities, we rise with the nearly 200 women who have signed a letter denouncing a culture of rampant sexual abuse and violence in and around the Capitol. We condemn both those whom have engaged in such intolerable conduct, as well as the individuals whom over years have enabled such violence by failing to meet their moral and legal obligations to end it.

The pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault has thankfully become a subject of public debate across the nation, including at the…

By California Environmental Justice Alliance & PlaceWorks Inc.

Imagine a state made up of healthy and thriving communities, where urban and rural neighborhoods have the means to prevent and reduce industrial pollution, provide open space and local organic food, develop affordable housing, preserve local culture, generate good jobs and conduct community-led planning to sustain this vibrant future.

This vision can now be a reality through SB 1000, “The Planning for Healthy Communities Act”, authored by Senator Connie Leyva and co-sponsored by the California Environmental Justice Alliance and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice in 2016. Under SB 1000…

By Strela Cervas & Amy Vanderwarker, CEJA Co-Directors

Another contentious cap and trade battle has concluded in California with the signing of AB 398 into law. Despite the fanfare, it is important to look beyond the headlines to see what deal was actually struck.

The communities where CEJA’s members and partners work are on the frontlines of climate change. Low-income communities and communities of color are hit first and worst by changing climatic conditions, and live next to our state’s largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, like refineries and power plants. Whether it is extreme heat, increased storms, or worsening air quality as a result of climate change…

In the shadows of the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, thousands of Laotian and Mien refugees live, work, and go to school. They fled war and upheaval in their home country, and as they struggled to build a life in Richmond, they confronted a different kind of hardship: the hazards of living near an oil refinery. The refinery has not only exploded multiple times, but the combined daily exposures of living in a highly industrialized neighborhood have lead to very real health impacts. …

We all deserve to live, work, and play in a healthy environment where we can enjoy a higher quality of life with clean air, safe drinking water, affordable housing, accessible transit, and meaningful livelihoods. Unfortunately, many low-income communities and communities of color live and work near oil refineries, power plants, freeways, and major transportation corridors, breathing dirty air everyday that makes residents sick. These health problems are exacerbated by the fact that public investments and resources in low-income communities and communities of color are scarce. …

California Environmental Justice Alliance

CEJA is a statewide coalition of grassroots, environmental justice organizations.

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