Building Healthy Communities from the Ground up

Community Day of Action for Environmental Health & Justice a big success!


On August 12th, CEJA partnered with Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition to host a Community Day of Action for Environmental Health and Justice. We brought together 70 community leaders, organizers and advocates from across the state to engage in cross-coalition movement building, learning exchange, and most importantly, action! Together, we educated legislative offices on key environmental health and justice bills and issues, including:

  • The need for major reforms at the Department of Toxic Substances Control being pushed through SB 812 (De Leon)
  • The need for improved public transparency and access for environmental justice communities, which AB 1330 (Perez) accomplishes
  • The need for basic consumer labeling on products that contain cancer-causing flame retardants, which SB 1019 (Leno) would accomplish
  • Important worker safety and protection provisions that would be put in place by ensuring there is a statewide database that makes available to state regulators information on what companies are using what chemicals (SB 193, Monning)
  • And the need to stand strong against oil industry efforts to undermine California’s climate change laws while cloaking the intent behind opaque “energy planning requirements” that are undermining of existing planning processes, as Assemblymember Perea’s AB 1763 would have required.

It was a beautiful day of joint action, learning and cross-fertilization among three very dynamic and exciting statewide coalitions. Thank you to all the participants!  All group pic 081114Good CEJA photo 081114