The department responsible for cleaning up California’s toxic waste problem is failing working class communities of color. Thousands of Californians are facing life-threatening health problems due to failed regulations and years’ worth of delayed cleanup of toxic substances in their workplaces, homes, and schools.
We’re proud of the first couple years of SOMAH implementation, but more should be done to continue building on the opportunity to bring true resilience into our communities. More programs modeled after SOMAH’s authentic community based partnership model need to be adopted to ensure that programs that deliver resilience solutions are in coordination.
Who showed up for environmental justice in 2020? After a year of turmoil and loss, we’ve assessed the voting record of all 120 California legislators to see who met the moment by standing strong for racial, environmental justice — and who fell short.