September 12, 2019This summer CEJA hosted the first ever Green Zones Policy Fellow, Sydney Fang. Sydney is currently pursuing dual Masters degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Asian American Policy Review. We thank Sydney for all of her incredible work from policy advocacy to protect CEQA and advance AB 1628 to helping facilitate workshops focused on SB 1000 implementation and planning for healthy communities.
August 26, 2019CEJA's Environmental Justice Legislative Agenda for 2019 features 16 bills that will address energy, climate, air quality, transportation, and drinking water and infrastructure improvements. From anti-displacement protections in energy efficiency programs to increasing zero emissions vehicles, these bills keep equity at the center of California’s environmental policies by bringing much needed benefits directly to disadvantaged communities.
August 23, 2019Our 2019 Congreso brought almost 200 powerful EJ leaders to the Capitol on August 14th to build and learn together over a full day of inspiring workshops, skill-building trainings, advocating for EJ priorities, and celebrating our EJ Leadership Awardees! We thank all of the community leaders and our member and partner organizations who made our 2019 Congreso a success. Check out all the highlights from throughout the day!
August 13, 2019This year, CEJA has been redefining environmental justice in California. One of our legislative priorities, AB 1628 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas, enhances the state’s definition of environmental justice to include the “meaningful involvement” of all people in environmental or land use decisions. AB 1628 would recognize the health, dignity and agency of all people, promoting the environmental health and quality of life that everyone deserves.
August 1, 2019CEJA partnered with PODER to lead a Green Zones Community Tour of the Mission and Excelsior districts of San Francisco. Led by staff, youth leaders, and residents, this powerful tour united over 60 community leaders from across the state to share stories of struggle and resilience, envision a healthy and just future, and develop solutions for transforming their neighborhoods. The tours animate our imagination and help us strategize for policy solutions to build healthy, community-led transformation in our neighborhoods. After an incredible day showing the power of Green Zones, we are so excited to bring together community leaders at our Congreso!
July 9, 2019CEJA is thrilled to welcome Katie Valenzuela, Political & Policy Director and Mad Stano, Program Director to CEJA! Both Katie and Mad are highly talented advocates with deep experience working for environmental justice in California, including with CEJA member organizations. Their senior-level expertise will broaden our capacity and grow our leadership. They will work closely with CEJA’s Executive Director and… Read More
June 18, 2019The environmental justice community knows that the most effective climate policies reduce pollution at the source, at the industries in our neighborhoods. CEJA opposes false promises of carbon trading and offsets because these programs don't cut our fossil fuel dependence and instead concentrates pollution in hot spots in EJ communities. We are working for real climate solutions that will truly reduce fossil fuel emissions, but we know schemes like carbon offsets distract us from realizing our climate targets.
June 13, 2019Since the beginning of 2019, CEJA’s members and partners have brought their stories and voices to the Capitol to ensure that statewide funding to improve their health and quality of life goes to the communities who need it the most. We worked tirelessly, meeting with our state representatives to ensure that our priorities were heard. From catalytic investments to energy efficiency upgrades in high need disadvantaged communities, here’s how CEJA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund priorities fared in the 2019-2020 California state budget.
June 11, 2019CEJA is proud to release our 2018 Environmental Justice Agency Assessment that provides an overview of how well environmental justice issues are being integrated or championed at state agencies, and where there are areas for improvement. Download our full report on June 20th to learn how well state agencies develop, implement, and monitor policies that address environmental issues that impact low-income communities and communities of color.
May 22, 2019The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) helps to protect fundamental rights for EJ communities to affordable homes free from the harmful burdens of pollution, to participate in local land-use decisions, and to access clean air and water that improve and protect their health. We must protect CEQA to build affordable housing that is safe and healthy, while ensuring that our state’s most vulnerable residents are not inadvertently exposed to toxic hazards and other dangers in their own homes. Learn more here.