CBE Community Fund Update/ Fondo Comunitario

(Full post, noticia completa) Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is committed to the wellbeing of low-income environmental justice neighborhoods of color. Now more than ever our communities need extra support—that is why we created the CBE Community Fund. Since the Fund’s inception, we knew this was immediate and temporary relief. We received the last round of applications in October 2020 and have since closed the Fund due to exhausted funds. For the past 8 months we have supported more than 430 individuals and families statewide and distributed approximately $151,050 directly to Black, Indigenous, people of color, undocumented folks, low-income households, elders, youth, those that are differently abled, women, trans* or gender non-conforming folks, formerly incarcerated, single income households, houseless people, and those who are health compromised.

We will continue to:  

  • Hold Tenant Legal Clinics to ensure tenants know their rights and can consult with a lawyer 
  • Support and share information from local mutual aid networks to increase access to resources and strengthen local mutual aid 
  • Provide PPE and emergency kits to frontline communities who are impacted by wildfire, poor air quality, and increased COVID-risk  
  • Advocate for Utility-debt forgiveness, clean energy, a 2,500 ft buffer between oil & homes, and a Just Recovery 
  • Build relationships, amplify community leadership, organize for community-solutions that prioritize Black, Indigenous, People of Color and workers in a Just Transition! 

We would like to thank all who donated, all who applied, all who shared the application, and all staff who led and supported these efforts.  

Empower LA, Save on Utility Costs


(Full post, noticia completa)  Everyone has a right to live in a healthy environment, emPOWER is a coalition of community-based organizations across Los Angeles County making sure that the people hurt most by pollution, high heat, and increasing utility bills can access the millions of dollars provided by State and local agencies to combat climate change. To learn more, visit:
https://libhill.co/empower-cbe

¿Tiene problemas con la registracion su automóvil? ¿Sabía que California ayuda a las familias de bajos ingresos con hasta $1,200 para pagar las reparaciones de smog, $1,500 para desechar su vehículo o $11,000 para reemplazarlo? Having trouble registering your car? Did you know California will provide working-class families up to $1,200 to pay for smog repairs, $1,500 to scrap your vehicle, or $11,000 to replace it?

Utility debt piling up? Low-income families can receive debt forgiveness and save 50% to 90% off their utility bills through monthly subsidies, no-cost efficiency upgrades, and free solar panels.

¿Se sigue acumulando la deuda de servicios públicos? Las familias de bajos ingresos pueden recibir la condonación de deudas y ahorrar entre un 50% y un 90% en sus facturas de servicios públicos a través de subsidios mensuales, mejoras de eficiencia sin costo y paneles solares gratuitos.

Mas informacion: https://libhill.co/empower-cbe

Los Angeles City Council Environment Committee Votes Unanimously to Pursue A Phase-Out of Oil Drilling City-Wide to Protect Public Health 12/1/2020

(Press Release) “We look forward to days without toxic oil drilling next to our homes, schools, and community facilities. Days with revitalized lands where our families, children, neighbors, and workers can live and work without having to sacrifice their health. Today was a big win for environmental justice communities.” –Wendy Miranda, Wilmington community member and intern for Communities for A Better Environment

#GivingTuesday #UnDiaParaDar

(Full post, publicación completa) This has been a year of collective uncertainty, heartache & resilience. CBE appreciates all the love and support that went into our communities throughout 2020. Please continue to support our efforts so we can keep up the fight for environmental justice! 

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner ✨ Donate to CBE today!

Este ha sido un año de incertidumbre colectiva, dolor de corazón y resiliencia. CBE aprecia todo el amor y el apoyo que se le ha prestado a nuestras comunidades. Continúe apoyando nuestros esfuerzos para que podamos seguir luchando por la justicia ambiental. El martes es #UnDiaParaDar haga clic para donar a CBE 🙂 ✨

Exide’s 3rd Bankruptcy Approved 10-16-2020

(Full post, publicacion entera) We are enraged that Judge Sontchi has approved Exide’s 3rd bankruptcy with the support of the Department of “Justice.” The Vernon site will be abandoned by Exide by October 30, 2020 which will force Californians to pay for the costly toxic clean up. Despite over 1000 people submitting emails in opposition and over 250 people mobilized to a public hearing with a one day’s notice, Judge Sontchi ignored community concerns and testimony and still approved the bankruptcy plan.  Adding insult to injury the judge minimized the threat the Vernon site poses to SELA and ELA community members, finding that the site did not pose an immediate and imminent threat even though there admittedly extremely high rates of lead. While the judge preserves the right for the state of California to file administrative claims he ultimately ruled that the Exide will be able to walk away from the public health catastrophe they created by the end of the month. While this is not surprising to many of us that have witnessed local, state and federal government continually prioritize corporations over the well-being of our communities, it will never get easy to experience this slow violence. It will never get easy to know that our families have to continue to have their health deteriorate due to the carelessness of companies like Exide and the negligence of the state. US DOJ claims the bankruptcy is meant to avoid the site abandonment. Now, the site cleanup will be under Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) ‘s responsibility. Considering how the community cleanup is going and knowing DTSC has allowed for this massive disaster, we have little faith in them. Now more than ever it is important to continue building with our neighbors. The fight is not over, our communities have always organized and we will continue to so long as our government continues to fail us. What do we do when our communities are under attack? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!

Amazing art work by Amber Williams-King

Nos enfurece que el juez Sontchi haya aprobado la tercera quiebra de Exide con la aprobación del Departamento de “Justicia”, lo que inevitablemente hará que los californianos paguen por la costosa limpieza tóxica. A pesar de que más de 1000 personas enviaron correos electrónicos en contra y más de 250 se movilizaron a una audiencia pública con un día de anticipación, El Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos decidió ponerse del lado del contaminador. El juez Sontchi dijo que el estado de California aún puede presentar reclamos administrativos, pero finalmente que el sitio de Exide en Vernon no representa una amenaza inmediata e inminente y que el plan de quiebra propuesto seguirá adelante. Sabemos que esto no es verdad, esto no es sorprendente para muchos de nosotros que hemos sido testigos de que el gobierno local, estatal, y federal continuamente prioriza a las corporaciones sobre el bienestar de nuestras comunidades, nunca será fácil vivir esta VIOLENCIA lenta. Nunca será fácil saber que nuestras familias tienen que seguir con el deterioro de su salud debido al descuido de empresas como Exide y la negligencia del  estado. El Departamento de Justicia de los EE. UU. Afirma que la quiebra está destinada a evitar el abandono del sitio. Ahora, la limpieza del sitio estará bajo la responsabilidad del Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Teniendo en cuenta cómo va la limpieza de la comunidad y sabiendo que DTSC ha permitido este desastre masivo, tenemos poca fe en ellos. Ahora más que nunca es importante seguir construyendo con nuestros vecinos. La lucha no ha terminado, nuestras comunidades siempre se han organizado y seguiremos haciéndolo mientras nuestro gobierno nos siga fallando. ¿Qué hacemos cuando nuestras comunidades están siendo atacadas? ¡LEVANTARTE Y LUCHAR! 💚

Increíble obra de arte de Amber Williams-King

UPDATE: EXIDE BANKRUPTCY PUBLIC HEARING -TUES, 10/13 @ 4pm Tel (844) 337-7911 ID: 579-5412

(Full post, noticia completa) Thank you for submitting a public comment to US Department of Justice​ (USDOJ) regarding Exide’s bankruptcy plan.​ The USDOJ will be holding a public hearing w/ one day’s notice!  😒 Join us to continue to take action against Exide’s plan to abandon the site and leave us with their toxic mess. Shoutout to the 570 individuals, SELA city leaders, County agencies, and various community orgs that submitted emails urging for this public hearing–Demand the DOJ to deny Exide’s Bankruptcy plan and site abandonment.
AUDIENCIA PUBLICA: BANCARROTA DE EXIDE, MARTES, 10/13 @ 4pm Tel (844) 337-7911 ID: 579-5412Gracias por enviar un comentario público al USDOJ sobre el plan de quiebra de Exide. El Departmento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos (USDOJ)  tendra una audiencia publica con solo un dia de anuncio! 😒 Ayudenos a  continuar a tomar accion contra el plan de Exide de abandonar el sitio y dejarnos con su derrame toxico. Gracias a las 570 personas, lideres de las ciudades de SELA, agencias del condado, y varias organizaciones comunitarias que enviaron comentarios exijiendo para esta audiencia– ahora es el tiempo para asegurar que el Dept de Justicia  niegue la bancarrota de Exide y cual quier plan de abandono. 

Voting Info Workshops! October 13, 20, 21, and 27th

Nov 3, 2020 is Election Day; ensure you know your voter rights and ways to vote safely and securely.  
4-part virtual workshop series to build your power at home (and physically-distant at the polls)! October 13, 20, 21, 27 from 5-6pm REGISTER: bit.ly/ejvotes20 
El 3 de noviembre de 2020 es el día de las elecciones; conozca sus derechos como votante y las formas seguras de votar. Serie de 4 talleres virtuales para desarrollar su poder en casa (y físicamente distante en las urnas). 13, 20, 21, 27 de octubre de 6:30-7:30pm REGISTRATE: bit.ly/ejvotes20

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