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Legislative Corner 

September 30th The Legislative session ended. Click here to read our round-up.

◊ August 29th Senate Bill 812 passed its final vote and heads straight to the Governor's desk for signing!

◊ July 23rd LA Times Editiorial Board came out in support of SB 812, Dept. of Toxic Substances Control reform.

◊ June 26th Provisions in Assembly Bill 2145 that would have stripped communities of the right to choose to use clean energy were removed.

 

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As State Moves Forward on Environmental Justice Issues, Valley Falls Behind The 2nd annual Environmental Justice Scorecard was released today by the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and shows a general increase in support for EJ issues by representatives in the California Senate and Assembly. Sadly, it also reveals that Legislators from more rural regions, like in the San Joaquin Valley are falling behind.
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This Alaskan Village Will Be Underwater In 10 Years Last year photographer Suzanne Tennant accompanied our Legal Director Brent Newell to the Native Village of Kivalina, Alaska to meet our clients. She reflects on the people, what it is like to be on the front-lines of climate change and why "we all must pay attention to Kivalina" in this personal piece.
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What will Environmental Justice Look Like in 2015? Grist.org looked to both CRPE's Executive Director Caroline Farrell and Legal Director Brent Newell for their leadership in the EJ movement for a forecast of what Environmental and Climate Justice will look like in 2015. Both articles highlight the need to recognize the leadership of people of color because they represent those most impacted by climate change and ensure that communities of color benefit from climate change policy. Read the Full Story
An Evening of Music Benefiting CRPE Join Bay Area singer/songwriter Nancy Schimmel Thursday Feb. 26th for an evening of music celebrating her birthday and benefiting CRPE at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage Coffee House.  Nancy and co-writers Candy Forest and Judy Fjell will be performing original songs by Nancy as well as a few numbers by her mother, songwriter-activist Malvina Reynolds, writer of “Little Boxes.” Also joining in this evening of folk-style, jazz, doo-wop and pop songs will be the Organic Women’s Chorus and Occupella. Read the Full Story

The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment is a national environmental justice organization providing legal, organizing, and technical assistance to grassroots groups in low-income communities and communities of color. We are driven by the belief that all people have the right to live, work, play and pray in a healthy environment, regardless of their race, place or income.