California Environmental Justice Alliance

Building Healthy Communities from the Ground up

Fighting for EJ and our communities in a time of COVID-19

A letter to our beloved community:

As families shelter in place and workers risk their lives to continue performing work that has always been essential, CEJA remains committed to uplifting the voices of frontline community members in public decision-making processes.

We know that working class, undocumented, unhoused, disabled, elderly, immunocompromised, and low-income community members will suffer the worst impacts of this ongoing pandemic—and that our physical distance from one another will pose new challenges to our organizing in the months ahead. 

Our state must expand relief efforts to undocumented community members, who pay taxes but are unable to access unemployment benefits or other public programs.

We need a complete moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, utility and water shut-offs.

We must ensure those without health insurance are able to access life-saving tests and treatment when needed. And we need to continue the fight against xenophobia, remaining true to the principles of the environmental justice movement.

While advocates and the Legislature are no longer be meeting in person, CEJA will continue to fight for frontline community members’ rights to a clean and healthy environment.

We will continue to advocate for a transparent and inclusive public process as we defend the principles of environmental justice. 

                    CEJA members rally at our 2019 Congreso.

In the past month we have witnessed an outpouring of organizing efforts and collective care to meet the urgent need of the present moment. A partial list of these resources and mutual aid opportunities appears below.

While this virus is new, the roots of social inequality are not.

In this moment of crisis and upheaval, we at CEJA will continue to follow the lead of environmental justice community members in statewide policy negotiations and in our everyday  work with one another.

COVID-19 Resources and Mutual Aid Request Forms Gratefully sourced from our CEJA members, partners and allies

Bay Area

APEN’s Community Stabilization Fund

Berkeley Mutual Aid Network

East Bay Disabled Folks COVID19 Support Request Form

San Francisco Unified School District Mutual Aid

San Francisco Bay Mutual Aid Form

South Bay Mutual Aid Form

West Oakland Punks with Lunch

Central Coast

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

VC Emergency

Ventura County Public Health Care Agency

Central Valley

Bitwise Industries: Volunteer grocery runs for Madera, Fresno, and Tulare Counties

Coronavirus in San Joaquin, Calaveras Counties: What we know, latest updates

Fresno Bee: Resources for Loss of Income or Food

Fresno Bee: Locations for Free Meals for Students

Valley Children’s Healthcare

Spanish-Language Health Updates: Fresno

Community Resources List for COVID-19 Times by LCJA

Lista de recursos para la comunidad durante etapa COVID-19

Inland Empire / Valley

Connect IE: Community Resource List

Cornerstone Community Free Clinic (San Bernardino)

San Bernardino City Unified School District resources / Hotline: (909) 888-KIDS (5437)

Los Angeles/ Orange County

ASC Los Angeles Mutual Aid Fund

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources Links (Los Angeles)

Mutual Aid Action Los Angeles Fundraiser

Orange County United Way Pandemic Relief Fund

Orange County Environmental Justice Needs Survey

Sacramento

Sacramento COVID-19 Mutual Aid 2020

City of Sacramento COVID-19 Resource Links

City of Sacramento Small Business Relief Application

Find Food – Sacramento Food Bank

Emergency Childcare Services – YMCA

San Diego

San Diego COVID-19 Mutual Aid Grocery Shopping-LSC of DSA

San Diego (county-wide) COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign-Up

Statewide/Federal

CalNonprofits Economic and Health Resources Guide

Find up-to-date advisories from the Center for Disease Control Health

Global health updates from the World Health Organization

Public health resources and updates from the Indian Health Service

****This list represents a small portion of the mutual aid work currently ongoing in our state. We will be updating this list weekly. If you’re aware of a network, resource or fund that would be valuable to the CEJA community, please send them to isa@caleja.org****