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How to Vote Safely in 2020 - A People's Guide

How to Vote Safely in 2020 – A People’s Guide

This year, our lives are on the ballot. This election is a critical moment for low-income and communities of color to raise our voices and vote together for our collective health and well-being. Led by organizers and community leaders from across the state, we created guides with  county-specific details where CEJA members are building grassroots power to rise together. Don’t see your county below? Find more information at this link.
California’s largest investment in solar for affordable housing turns 1!

California’s largest investment in solar for affordable housing turns 1!

The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program just celebrated the completion of its first year and paid tribute to all of the advocates who advocated for SOMAH in 2015 at this year’s 2020 Congreso! This program could not have launched at a more important time – as we face a global pandemic, our country grapples with its racist systems, Read More
2019 Environmental Justice Agency Assessment

2019 Environmental Justice Agency Assessment

Elected officials and legislation may get the majority of headlines, but California’s regulatory agencies wield vast power in decision-making that directly affects whether and how disproportionate environmental impacts on communities of color are remedied or exacerbated. For years, CEJA’s members and partners have deeply engaged in state agencies’ proceedings, raising our voices to advocate for the priorities of residents who Read More
SOMAH and paid solar job training in the time of COVID-19

SOMAH and paid solar job training in the time of COVID-19

One way that people looking to gain new skills can find paid job training is through California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH), a program that will deliver clean power and reduce increasing energy bills for hundreds of thousands of California’s affordable housing residents.
NEW Green Zones Report: Rethinking Local Control

NEW Green Zones Report: Rethinking Local Control

Our report highlights eight case studies to show how community-led decision making can lead to more effective policies, programs, and planning decisions that create healthy and thriving neighborhoods.
Fighting for EJ and our communities in a time of COVID-19

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

CEJA remains committed to uplifting the voices of frontline community members in public decision-making processes. Click through for a list of COVID-19 Resources and Mutual Aid Request Forms, gratefully sourced from our CEJA members, partners and allies.
2019 Environmental Justice Scorecard

2019 Environmental Justice Scorecard

The scores are in! We’ve graded all 120 California legislators on their support for environmental justice principles, and we’re delighted to share the results. With this year’s session about to rev up, now is the perfect time to look at the votes cast in 2019 and see who stood up for California communities -- and who didn’t. Who could California communities count on in 2019? It’s time to find out.
Bringing Solar to Affordable Housing: Energy Savings and Local Jobs

Bringing Solar to Affordable Housing: Energy Savings and Local Jobs

Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) is a landmark program designed to serve the needs of environmental justice communities living in multifamily affordable housing units with a community-based education and feedback structure that aims to address barriers to access. We are working directly with tenants, property owners, job trainees to build power through outreach and education. Through our outreach about solar and other program benefits we aim to educate and implement a Just Transition in the communities that need it most.
Environmental Justice in the 2019 Legislative Session

Environmental Justice in the 2019 Legislative Session

CEJA is proud of our 2019 environmental justice legislative achievements. The majority of our priority bills moved successfully through the legislative process and were signed into law by Governor Newsom. These new laws will provide a range of critically needed benefits to environmental justice communities, from bringing clean safe drinking water to communities, greater transparency and community engagement in decision-making and planning processes, better access to resources for disadvantaged unincorporated communities, cleaner trucks, and public banking opportunities.