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.”
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 local
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2018 CONTACT: Kay Cuajunco, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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 Action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2016 CONTACT: Penny Newman, 951-360-8451 Strela Cervas, 213-284-4923 James Johnson, 213-494-8688 San Bernardino Environmental Leaders, Families Outraged “Chevron Cheryl” Brown’s Environmental Track Record Ranked Among Worst In Nation “Chevron Cheryl” Sullies California’s Perfect Record; Brown is 1st Ever-California Official Named to League of Conservation Voters’ “Dirty Dozen in the States list” San Bernardino, CA — San Bernardino environmental leaders, community leaders, workers and parents expressed outrage today that Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown has amassed one of the most anti-environmental records of any state candidate in the nation. On Tuesday, the League of Conservation Voters announced Brown was the first-ever California official named to its “Dirty Dozen in the States” list, based on her record of selling out her constituents to big oil companies and massive polluters. “It’s no coincidence San Bernardino residents are breathing some of the nation’s dirtiest air because we are being represented by a candidate with one of the nation’s grimiest environmental records,” said Penny Newman, Executive Director of Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, based in Cheryl Brown’s district. “Selling out the people of her district to Big Oil is the reason she earned the name ‘Chevron Cheryl.’” The event took place
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Strela Cervas, 213-284-4923 California Environmental Justice Alliance Action Releases First Ever People of Color Led Endorsements for CA State Candidates CEJA Action Endorsements Shows Environmental Justice is a Growing Force in California Politics Los Angeles, CA I September 7, 2016 — Today the first ever people of color led slate of endorsements for state candidates was announced by California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action). People of color are California’s majority, and represent a critical, growing voting block in California, particularly on environmental issues. As the climate crisis deepens and already 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 untapped voter base among people of color and builds political support for elected officials that will advance policies that address the critical environmental health and justice issues in California. View the full slate of endorsements here. “California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action) represents a powerful force as the only statewide coalition with deep bases in environmental justice communities that mobilizes voters of color on state candidate races. We are extremely excited to be on the cutting edge in
San Francisco, CA – Today, Jane Kim received the endorsement of two major environmental advocacy organizations – the Sierra Club and the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action). The groups backed Kim based on her strong environmental record and deep understanding of the issues facing our state. “I’m incredibly honored to receive the endorsements of the Sierra Club and California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, two respected champions of our environment and our neighborhoods,” said Kim. “California is a leader on the environment, but there is more we can do to reduce the use of fossil fuels, address the effects of climate change which are most severe in disenfranchised communities and encourage the development of sustainable communities. We need to build neighborhoods with affordable housing, bike and pedestrian pathways and invest in public transit options that get workers out of their cars. A California that works for all of us includes a California that fiercely combats climate change. I’m looking forward to partnering with the Sierra Club and the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action in the State Senate.” “We’re proud to endorse Jane Kim for State Senate. From her work protecting CEQA to her efforts to promote sustainable communities, she
MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release September 6, 2016 Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348 Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142 Jacobson & Zilber Strategies MORE ENVIRONMENTALISTS GIVE “WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT” TO MEDINA IN AD-40 CEJA Action says “Abigail Medina will be an outspoken force on behalf of the environmental justice movement” SAN BERNARDINO, CA — Increasing her support from environmental protection organizations, today San Bernardino School Board Member AbigailMedina won a significant endorsement from the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action) in her campaign for California’s 40th State Assembly District seat. Previously Medina was endorsed by the Sierra Club and the California League of Conservation Voters. In announcing their support, Strela Cervas, Co-Director of CEJA Action released the following statement: “California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action) is proud to endorse Abigail Medina for State Assembly District 40. From combatting pollution to investing more in clean and renewable energy and drought reducing water conservation measures, we know that Abigail Medina will be an outspoken force on behalf of the environmental justice movement in the state capitol. She’s got our wholehearted support!” Just last week Medina rolled out her first television ad of the general election. To view the ad, click here. Also last