CBE Updates

Learn about the I-710 Corridor

Find out about the potential health impacts of the I-710 expansion project and opportunities to realize the communities vision for the region. Go to the KCET site.

A Message From CBE’s New Executive Director

I am humbled to be named Executive Director of CBE and am honored by the confidence that the board and staff have shown in me during this transition. As a long-time community member and activist, I have closely followed and long admired CBE’s rich history of fighting to improve the realities of folks in low-income communities and communities of color. It is with great enthusiasm that I am joining the CBE family to continue this work.

In this new role, I hope to build upon the my experience in movement-building for environmental justice and social change. Over the last 20 years of community organizing, I have had the pleasure of struggling and working with activists and organizers throughout the country in service of racial, educational, environmental and economic justice. I have also worked to expand immigrant and worker rights in our communities.

While serving as Director of The Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), I worked with our staff, members and allies to improve the educational experience and environment of young people of color in Los Angeles and throughout California. Later, as the Director of Organizing at the Sierra Club, I led organizing efforts throughout the country to challenge the extraction, export and burning of fossil fuels, protect and create access to public lands, protect endangered species, and promote clean and renewable energy development. During my time at Sierra Club, I worked with our members, staff, and allies to demand that people in low-income communities and communities of color have access to clean and renewable energy industry jobs and careers.

While I have embraced the challenges of fundraising, planning, and leading staff, the most exciting part of my work has always been leadership development. Helping young people of color become organizers and grow to be leaders in their own communities for justice inspires me and guides the work that I do-work that I looking forward to continuing at CBE. I also look forward to collaborating with CBE’s board, staff, members and network of partners on advancing our mission and moving closer to our vision.

Byron Ramos Gudiel

Refinery fire shows need for new rules

[Op-ed] In the wake of the 2012 Chevron refinery fire and a series of incidents at similar facilities across the country, it is clear to us that there is a refinery safety problem in America. Read more.

“We’re on our way to a million electric vehicles”

[Press release] Charge Ahead California groups react to Governor’s support for campaign’s goal of one million electric vehicles on the state’s roads.

CBE is Hiring!

We’re searching for a talented Development Director and part-time Grant Writer. Go to our Jobs page for details

Feds poised to call for overhaul of protections from refinery fires & explosions

[Press release] The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) draft report found that safety oversight of oil refineries is fundamentally broken. Read more.

Brown-to-Green Report

[New report] CBE is proud to present its Brown-to-Green Implementation Plan for the City of Huntington Park in Southeast Los Angeles County. Download the report here. 

Lawsuit Challenges the City of Oakland’s Environmental Injustice

[Press release] “Stewart Enterprise have been tone deaf to seniors, families and other residents in the community who have expressed legitimate health and safety concerns about this project,”said Reverend Buford. Read the press release. Read the legal petition here.

Community Urge Air District to Protect Bay Area from Tar Sands Oil Projects

[Press release] Worker and community groups are calling on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to support the community and worker proposed recommendations to protect environmental health and safety from new toxic dirty oil projects. Read more.

Threat of Refining Lower Quality “Dirtier” Oil in the Bay Area

[Fact sheet] Even before a full switch to tar sands, shifting to lower quality oil already has caused serious harm to refinery communities, workers, and the environment. Read more.

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