California Environmental Justice Alliance

Building Healthy Communities from the Ground up

2015 Congreso: People, Power, Policy


August 24th – 25th, 2015

Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza

300 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Registration is now closed. We have reached capacity.

Our 2015 Congreso: People, Power, Policy celebrates CEJA’s visionary grassroots policy-making fueled by people power across the state. Over 250 community leaders will lift up community-rooted solutions sprouting throughout the state and unite to grow the movement for vibrant and resilient communities.

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Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!


Join 250 leaders from the frontlines of California’s most impacted regions to:

  • Learn about environmental justice work happening across our state and country.
  • Participate in workshops and roundtables on equitable climate and energy policies.
  • Explore community-led solutions to transfrom Toxic Hotspots into Healthy Hoods.
  • Work with the CultureStrike team to produce a series of climate justice posters.
  • Build with allies and new partners in the CEJA family.

From the sun to the soil, our communities must reclaim our resources to meet our needs. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us at this year’s Congreso to power up Healthy Hoods for the people and the planet.

For all questions related to the 2015 Congreso: People, Power, Policy, please contact Michael Sarmiento:, (323) 826-9771 x 104.

Cost and Scholarships

The 2015 has a modest registration fee of $30.00 per person. This cost includes all Congreso activities, three meals on August 24th and two meals on August 25th. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

There is a limited amount of scholarships available to support travel and lodging, which will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please review our Scholarships Guidelines and fill out our Scholarship Application and return to by Friday, July 24th, 2015.

Travel and Accommodations

Please reserve your hotel rooms by August 7th! The 2015 Congreso will be held at:

Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza

300 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Please make hotel reservations using the following link: (use group code: ACN)

A limited amount of rooms are available for folks who are traveling to Sacramento on August 23rd. Please contact Michael Sarmiento ( if you need a room. Last day to reserve a room is Friday, August 7, 2015.


Congreso.EJAWARD.350Schedule and Agenda


Monday, August 24, 2015

8am-10am: Registration & Breakfast

10am-5:00pm: Congreso Panels & Workshops

6:00-9:00pm: Dinner & Cultural Night


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

8am-11am: Breakfast & EJ Awards

12pm-1pm: Rally at the Capitol


Self-organized Roundtable Discussions

To provide space for participants to discuss important environmental justice issues in their communities or their work, there will be a dedicated time on the agenda for open, round-table discussions on the first day of the Congreso. These will be self-organized, determined and hosted by participants. If you would like to host one, you will facilitate the discussion and be responsible for all preparation – CEJA will simply provide space. If you are interested in hosting a roundtable discussion, please indicate on the registration form the issue you would like to discuss and we will follow-up with you. The number of roundtables may be limited due to space considerations, so register yours early!

Interpretation and Childcare

There will be interpretation into Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Other interpretation needs may be arranged – please indicate on your registration form if you need interpretation and what language.

Childcare will be provided on-site.

Thank you to our 2015 Congreso Sponsors

We are so grateful to all the organizations who have made this Congreso possible!