Assembly, Senate Budget Falls Short on Key Environmental Justice Priorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June “Placeholder Budget” Requires Deeper Investments in Low-Income, Communities of Color Sacramento, CA — On June 14th, the California State Legislature narrowly passed a placeholder budget before the June 15 budget deadline with substantially different allocations than those proposed in Governor Newsom’s May Revision. Negotiations on the June budget are anticipated to continue into July. This week, the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) continues to urge lawmakers to pass an equitable 2021–2022 Budget through a letter to the Governor and Senate and Assembly Leadership. In the letter, CEJA requested that State leaders incorporate key environmental justice priorities into the final budget. In response to the passing of a June placeholder budget, CEJA Policy Manager Raquel Mason issued the following statement: As California residents brace for yet another year of severe drought and record-setting wildfires, CEJA calls upon Governor Newsom and the Legislature to eliminate funding for costly and dangerous false solutions that derail our state’s efforts for a just recovery; and, instead, invest deeply in programs that strengthen community well-being and address environmental and climate-related crises. With a record budget surplus, now is the time to prioritize life-sustaining programs and infrastructure such as community resilience centers, and make

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CA Environmental Justice Alliance Action Announces 2021 Legislative Agenda

Oil and gas safety buffer zones and community resilience investments lead the 2021 EJ agenda  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Contact: Isa Flores-Jones | isa@caleja.org Sacramento, California  | April 20, 2021 – On Tuesday, the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action announced its priority bills for the 2021 Legislative session. As the state enters the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, CEJA Action is prioritizing a health and safety buffer zone between homes and to neighborhood oil drilling in California with SB 467 (Wiener and Limon), and critical investments in clean energy infrastructure with AB 1087 (Chiu).  CEJA Action is adopting supporting positions on SB 222 and 223 (Dodd),to ensure access to clean and affordable drinking water to low-income Californians; SB 342 (González), to add two environmental justice board members to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD); and AB 339 (Lee), to ensure that all local agency meetings are accessible to frontline residents. Read more about our priority bills here at ceja-action.org.  “California cannot claim to be a climate leader while it continues the dangerous practice of oil drilling next to where people live, work, learn, and play,” said Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director with Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles

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Celebrating Local and Statewide Victories in the 2018 Election

Celebrating Local and Statewide Victories in the 2018 Election

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.

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Will California’s next Governor prioritize environmental justice?

Will California’s next Governor prioritize environmental justice?

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 beyond

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Join us at our 2018 Gubernatorial Forum on February 6th!

Join us at our 2018 Gubernatorial Forum on February 6th!

Where do the 2018 candidates stand on the issues that matter to you? Join us Tuesday, February 6th, 6:30-8:30pm for our 2018 Gubernatorial Forum at the Huntington Park Community Center in Los Angeles to hear about the candidates’ vision and top priorities as Governor of California. Come learn about the candidates’ positions on environmental justice, uplifting working families, and key social justice issues, as we build community across EJ, labor, and environmental sectors.     Don’t miss this engaging and fruitful discussion with the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates: John Chiang, Delaine Eastin, and Antonio Villaraigosa. CEJA Action is excited to co-host this important event with the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), CBE Action, and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Food and translation will be available. Help spread the word by downloading the flyer in English and Spanish, and please take a minute to invite your friends! Make sure to follow CEJA Action on Facebook and Twitter and look out for the release of our 2018 Environmental Justice Voter Guide in March! Please RSVP today for our 2018 Gubernatorial Forum!

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Will California Democrats succeed in winning a supermajority that can advance environmental justice?

People of color are the majority in California and represent a critical, growing voting bloc in our state. The changing statewide demographics in our state have also diversified our legislature. More elected officials are people of color, often from districts highly impacted by pollution and we know that these demographic shifts can translate into enormous power and policy shifts. That’s why CEJA Action mobilizes the untapped voter base among people of color to build political support for elected officials that share our values.

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