Millions of voters delivered a decisive democratic future this November. As CEJA Action reflects on the victories and losses of this year’s elections, we turn to the words of Guinean freedom fighter and anti-colonial leader Amilcar Cabral. Cabral reminds us that we are fighting for survival and liberation: “to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see [our] lives go forward, to guarantee the future of [our] children.” No matter what politicians tell us, it’s clear that Black, indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and working class frontline leaders delivered the final blow to the Trump administration this year. Grassroots organizing by BIPOC leaders led to key victories in Maricopa County, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. In California, our beloved allies at the Million Voters Project led a vibrant, people-centered movement to take on Republicans, white supremacists, and corporations at the ballot box. CEJA members made thousands of calls and texts to ensure that our families, neighbors, and community members understood the key decisions to make on this year’s ballot and had a clear and easy pathway to vote in an increasingly challenging year. Thanks to decades of work by frontline and migrant organizers, and tribal nations, working class, young folks, andRead more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2020 CONTACT Mabel Tsang | firstname.lastname@example.org Environmental justice alliance seeks to grow progressive legislative force in California with slate of 2020 endorsements As Californians hurt from multiple crises, EJ alliance endorses 14 candidates to lead on climate and racial justice Los Angeles, CA—Today, the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action) announced the endorsement of 14 candidates for critical seats in California’s Assembly and Senate, and U.S. Congress. Communities throughout the state are suffering from wildfires, while fossil fuel and other polluting industries are seizing the opportunity to weaken health regulations. While Californians are seeking representatives who will advocate to protect their health and wellbeing, CEJA Action has endorsed proven environmental and social justice champions who will lead alongside the communities most impacted by disasters. The November endorsements include returning elected leaders Monique Limon (SD-19), Abigail Medina (SD-23), Eloise Gomez Reyes (AD-47), Shirley Weber (AD-79), Lorena Gonzalez (AD-80), and Georgette Gomez (CD-53), among a slate of powerful and committed candidates including Jackie Fielder (SD-17), Fatima Iqbal-Zubair (AD-64), Susan Eggman (SD-5), John Laird (SD-17), and Dawn Addis (AD-35). CEJA Action presented this bracket of powerful and committed candidates along with a recommended YES vote on PropositionsRead more
Sacramento, CA | January 15, 2020 – Today, the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action released their 2020 Primary Election Environmental Justice Voter Guide. The guide recommends eight women of color – all environmental justice champions – for seats in the Assembly, state Senate and US House. More information on the candidates, as well as the recommended YES vote on Proposition 13, is available at www.ceja-action.org/voterguide..
Katie Valenzuela, CEJA’s Political and Policy Director, stated: “This is a pivotal moment for environmental justice communities. This voter guide builds on the strong foundation of our statewide advocacy by enumerating environmental justice principles – in order to set clear expectations for elected officials in California. We can pass strong policy only when we have strong allies in elected office. We hope to see the field of EJ Champions grow.”Read more
This election undeniably showed that every vote matters and that California’s election has national consequences.
13 of 16 candidates CEJA Action endorsed were elected! These candidates are proven leaders and people of color who won through a vibrant ground campaign. We congratulate all the elected representatives on their successful campaigns!
We’re proud of CEJA Action members’ work and the results we helped achieve this election. Together, we knocked on over 11,000 doors, made over 8,000 phone calls, equipped over 8,000 voters with English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Lao voter guides, and sent over 13,000 text messages to get voters to complete their ballots and get to the polls. Alliance members displayed courageous leadership to help make local and statewide victories possible in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco, Kern County, Ventura County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and San Diego.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2018 CONTACT: Kay Cuajunco, 619-889-7865 Los Angeles, CA — This election year, communities of color overburdened by economic inequality and health disparities have the power to elect progressive leaders who will courageously defend communities from corporate polluters and pass bold and visionary policies. As the climate crisis worsens and existing environmental health and justice issues persist, working families and people of color have the opportunity to pass ballot measures with critical solutions to our environmental and climate change crises. CEJA Action mobilizes people of color to vote for progressive leaders and advance critical environmental health and justice policies in California. On November 6th, communities of color have an opportunity to lead California in electing progressive candidates with proven leadership on environmental and social justice issues and rise to the challenge to defend all Californians who make up our vibrant and resilient communities. This year, there are a number of ballot measures of critical importance to communities on the frontlines of pollution. CEJA Action urges voters to help secure access to clean drinking water; accessible and affordable housing that sustains the long-term health and livelihoods of our communities; resources that directly improve our schools; good localRead more
Proposition 70 Resounding Defeat Shows Californians Reject Deals with Polluters and Amplifies Call for Bolder Climate Leadership As recent wildfires, storms, and other extreme weather events have shown, the climate crisis is only getting worse. Everyday we see attacks from the Trump administration on communities of color, the environment, and climate science. Now more than ever, California needs bold, transformative action and real climate leadership, starting with our Governor, to stop bowing to industry pressure to enact bad deals like Proposition 70, and other policies that undermine our climate action and hurt our communities. On June 5th, voters in California resoundingly rejected Proposition 70, the most controversial proposition on the June primary ballot, that was part of a long-term effort by Big Oil to attack and undermine efforts to address climate change. The toxic measure would have seized climate funds that are protecting health and cleaning the air in communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. That’s why communities of color rose up to lead the fight against Proposition 70 — and we won, with 63% of Californians voting no. The Proposition lost in every singly county in the state, reflecting voters’ healthy disdain for ballot initiatives born fromRead more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2018 CONTACT: Kay Cuajunco, email@example.com, 619-889-7865 California Votes Down Industry Backed Attack on Climate Action Defeat of Prop 70 Demonstrates CA Climate Policy Will Not Be Held Hostage by Big Oil; Victory Unites Communities of Color, Environmental Organizations, & Labor Unions Oakland, CA — As the climate crisis worsens, California needs bold, transformative action and real climate leadership that will not bow to industry pressure to enact ineffective climate policies. The defeat of Proposition 70 during the June 5th primary election sends a strong message to decision makers that they cannot continue to pass watered down, poorly conceived policies negotiated with the Big Oil industry. Proposition 70 would have undermined climate investments that are improving health, cleaning the air, and fighting climate change. By requiring a supermajority vote to approve climate spending starting 2024, it would have led to budget gridlock and increased the power of corporate interests in our climate policy. The campaign to Stop Prop 70 was led by communities of color on the frontlines of pollution and united community groups, environmental organizations, and labor unions against Big Oil, corporate lobbyists, and compromising politicians who are blocking the bold climate progress California needs.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2018 CONTACT: Kay Cuajunco, 619-889-7865 California Environmental Justice Alliance Action Endorsements Show Growing Force of Environmental Justice in California Politics Los Angeles, CA — This election year, communities of color living on the frontlines of pollution overburdened by economic inequality and health disparities have the power to elect progressive leaders who will courageously defend communities from corporate polluters and pass bold and visionary policies. As the climate crisis deepens and existing environmental health and justice issues persist, people of color have emerged as strong supporters of aggressive environmental and climate change policies. CEJA Action mobilizes the voter base among people of color and builds political support for elected officials that will advance policies addressing the critical environmental health and justice issues in California.Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kay Cuajunco, 619-889-7865 California Democratic Party Stands With Environmental Justice Against Corporate Attack on Climate Action California Democratic Party Votes to Oppose Proposition 70 San Diego, CA I February 27, 2018 — On Sunday during the California Democratic Convention, the California Democratic Party unanimously voted in opposition to Proposition 70, a corporate-led attack on climate action opposed by environmental justice, environmental and social justice organizations. Prop 70 would subject climate investment spending to a two-thirds vote in 2024, leading to legislative gridlock. If passed, it would seize funding that is currently used to fight pollution and improve community health. “We thank the California Democratic Party for opposing Proposition 70. Prop 70 would put our state’s climate funding at the mercy of corporate lobbyists, jeopardizing the integrity of California’s climate programs, our environment, and the health of Californians. It would set a dangerous precedent for climate action that is riddled with industry loopholes. We cannot afford to let corporate polluters control our climate policy.” — Gladys Limon, Executive Director of California Environmental Justice Alliance and CEJA ActionRead more
With many important elections in 2018, CEJA Action is working hard to ensure that environmental and climate justice issues are a key part of the debate. With the recent wildfires and droughts, severe hurricanes battering so many places across the country, and climate inaction and denial at the federal level, our movement must make it perfectly clear that it is time for a Governor who will make our state a true model of just, equitable climate policy. California must protect our most vulnerable communities — low-income communities of color that are most impacted by climate change and have the fewest resources to adapt — while creating the most aggressive policies in the nation to address the root causes of climate change. CEJA Action was proud to co-host a Gubernatorial Forum in Los Angeles to hear from the 2018 candidates what their vision and top priorities are as Governor of California. We thank our co-hosts CBE Action, California League of Conservation Voters, and United Food and Commercial Workers for their partnership and opportunity to build across EJ, labor, and environmental sectors. We wanted to know which of the 2018 candidates for Governor will stand for climate justice in 2019 and beyondRead more