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Wilmington, we are hiring! ¡Wilmington, estamos contratando!

(Full post)Join our team! Hiring 3 Wilmington Outreach interns!

Outreach interns will work with community to build connections across climate adaptation, housing, and utility assistance. This will include in-person tenant outreach, connect people with housing and utility assistance resources via phonebank and text, distribute resilience kits, and conduct community surveying on climate adaptation needs. Outreach will occur in the Harbor Area communities including Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, San Pedro, etc.  This is a temporary and part-time position beginning in September-December 2021.

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 15th. Expected start date is Monday, September 27th. Rate of pay is $18 per hour and 15hr/wk

Apply at bit.ly/applyCBE

¡Unete a nuestro equipo! ¡Contratando a 3 Promotorx para Wilmington!

RESUMEN DEL PUESTO GENERAL: Promotorxs trabajarán con la comunidad para construir conexiones a través de la adaptación climática, la vivienda y la asistencia de servicios públicos.  Conectará  inquilinos a talleres de derechos y ayuda legal y a las personas con recursos de asistencia de vivienda y servicios públicos a través de llamadas teléfonicas y mensajes de texto, distribuirá kits de resiliencia y realizará encuestas comunitarias sobre las necesidades de adaptación climática. El alcance se llevará a cabo en las comunidades en la area de Harbor: Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, San Pedro, etc. Este es un puesto temporal y de medio tiempo a partir de septiembre-diciembre de 2021.

Aplique antes del miércoles 15 de septiembre. La fecha para comenzar es el lunes 27 de septiembre. Debido al tiempo parcial de este puesto, no podemos ofrecer beneficios o vacaciones. El sueldo es $18 por hora. 15 hora por semana.
Aplique :bit.ly/apliqueCBE

Green Zones Ordinance: Public Comment for Regional Planning Commission (Submit by 9/21 at noon)

(Full post) We need YOUR support! Please take a moment to submit a written public comment to urge the Regional Planning Commission to push for a stronger Green Zones (GZ) Ordinance that offers true community protection. Comments must be submitted by September 21st, 2021 at noon. http://Bit.ly/gzcomment

While the GZ Ordinance was created to address industrial issues near people in unincorporated communities, we need it to push for rezoning and more consistent land use practices. We need to continue to protect the health and quality of life of those who have been historically and disproportionately impacted by multiple polluting sources. Link is above and it takes 2 minutes to complete!!!

¡Necesitamos su apoyo! Por favor tóme un momento para enviar un comentario público a la Comisión de Planificación Regional. Queremos una Ordenanza de Zonas Verdes que sea fuerte para asegurar que ofrezca proteccion a la salud de las comunidades.

La Ordenanza de Zonas Verdes se creó para abordar problemas industriales cerca de personas en comunidades que no son incorporadas, la necesitamos para urgir la rezonificación y prácticas de uso de la tierra. Queremos mejorar la salud pública y la calidad de vida en comunidades que históricamente han sido afectadas por múltiples fuentes de contaminantes.¡El enlace está arriba y tarda 2 minutos en completarse!

EPA Chief and US Rep take Toxic Tour with CBE

(Full post) US Rep Nanette Diaz Barragán and EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited Wilmington and South East Los Angeles on August 19th, 2021 to see and hear about the health impacts that locals face due to their proximity to dangerous pollution. They visited oil drilling sites, a few refineries, and Central Metal in #SELA. We appreciate their leadership and look forward to creating real health protective solutions.

Check out this article that was published that morning.
“Ashley Hernandez, 28, grew up in the area. Now she’s the Wilmington youth organizer with Communities for a Better Environment, and she recalled suffering health problems as a girl.

“One of the first experiences that I had living within this site was having an eye infection, or what I would consider it is an eye infection,” Hernandez said. “I had to miss around two weeks of school.”

During a visit to the pediatrician, she said, the doctor said, “You live in an area where there’s so much going on that it’s really important that you sleep with … your windows closed.”

She said her mother and sister attended a meeting organized by Communities for a Better Environment. They learned that other people were having similar health problems.

“A lot of kids were dealing with either rashes or, like, hollowed-out eyes, nosebleeds, and this was also a part of my history growing up here,” Hernandez said. “I had low heart palpitations. I had nosebleeds that would take over entire pillowcases. I had entire classrooms of peers in elementary school dealing with either asthma or nosebleeds.”

August 31, 2021: Special General Election Assembly District 18

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AD18 election is coming up real soon. Are you ready to vote? Check your voter status online: registertovote.ca.gov After you’ve checked your status and you’re ready to vote, head over to ballottrax and sign up to track your ballot! https://acvote.ballottrax.net/voter/

La Elección General Especial del Distrito 18 de la Asamblea se acerca muy pronto. ¿Estás listo para votar? Verifica tu estatus de votante en línea: registertovote.ca.gov Despues de verificar tu estatus y estas listo para votar, diríjase a ballottrax y regístrese para asegurar que llego su boleta. https://acvote.ballottrax.net/voter/

Cat Cracker Rule 6-5 Update

(Full Post) Cat Cracker Rule 6-5 has been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District! Read our press release on today’s (7/21/21) historic vote! “This is a huge win for environmental justice communities who have been fighting for this rule for years as a matter of racial, environmental, and climate justice. Despite a widespread misinformation campaign by the refineries and their allies of exaggerated costs that threatened our communities with doomsday scenarios, the Board of Directors made an historic vote today on behalf of disproportionately impacted communities,” Andres Soto, Richmond Community Organizer for Communities For A Better Environment


Previous text prior to vote:

The BAAQMD vote has been rescheduled for July 21st, 2021. Send and email to the board before then! The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is planning to finalize a rule that would reduce pollution from Chevron and PBF (formerly Shell) oil refineries in Richmond and Martinez, California — some of the largest refineries in the world. Regulation 6 Rule 5: Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units a.k.a. Cat Cracker Rule 6-5’s original vote was set to take place on June 2nd but was delayed due to the amazing turnout by community during public comment. (Read more)


(Full post) Juneteenth (June 19th), Communities for a Better Environment is closed to celebrate Black liberation, dreams, and joy in community. ✊🏿 ✊🏿 ✊🏿  

Juneteenth is the day that honors Black freedom, resistance, and Black people’s contribution to the ongoing struggle for justice for all. However, you honor Juneteenth, we hope that this day inspires you to take action for the abolition of oppressive power structures and in celebration of Black power.  

To read our full statement click here.

Join us at the Black led actions and celebrations in communities near where CBE organizes. 


East Oakland: Black Cultural Zone’s Akoma Market:  https://blacklovethrives.com/     

Richmond:  Caravan and Rally   
Bay Area: List of events  


Leimert Park Rising   

South Bay: List of events  

Los Angeles: List of events     

In solidarity,  

Communities for A Better Environment

Proposed Rule 6-5 : Facts and Myths

(Full post) Rule 6-5 will improve public health and save lives, particularly in environmental justice communities, while creating thousands of jobs. However, the refineries have been spreading misinformation about this rule in a last-ditch effort to confuse politicians, and ultimately pass a weaker, more dangerous rule at a deadly cost to residents’ lives. The refineries and oil industry have a history of deception, manipulating information only to protect their profits at all costs. To straighten out the record, here are some of the most egregious lies, twisted facts, and the truth about them. To read the full fact sheet click here.

Floor Alert: Reject Environmental Racism, Support SB342!

(Full post) SB 342 is heading to Senate Floor next week! SB 342 empowers community involvement and promotes equity by adding two environmental justice representatives to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) governing board. Check out the floor alert here.

Bay Area, Urge the Air District to Adopt a Strong Refinery Pollution Rule- 3 ways to help!

(Full Post)On June 2nd, the Bay Area Air District will be voting on whether to take strong regulatory action against Chevron and force the facility to make dramatic pollution cuts. After seeing the stark health impact data and hearing from community members like you, the Advisory Council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) recommended that the Air District take “maximum feasible action within its authority to reduce emissions from [particulate matter] sources, prioritizing the most impacted areas.” However, Big Oil and its allies are lobbying aggressively against the rule, distorting facts and making false claims about the rule. 

We cannot afford to lose this intergenerational fight for
environmental justice. Our lungs cannot afford it. 

The Air District must protect community health and truly
ultimately chart the path towards a future #BeyondChevron for Richmond.

Here are three ways you can support to make sure the Board votes the right way!

  1. Attend an action at the Air District Headquarters at 10AM Tuesday June 1st! Join community youth members and organizations to tell the Board members we need them to vote the right way to protect community health. You can RSVP here.
  2. Sign the petition!
  3. Send an email to Air District Board members! Tell them your story about why you need them to vote the right way. 

Environmental Protection Agency Nixes Metro and Caltrans’ Current Plan for Expanding Lower 710 Freeway

(Click for full post ) This is huge/ confirms what we already knew. Alternative(5c) that was picked did NOTHING to improve air quality for hundreds that live along the corridor. 20+ yrs of organizing on 710 freeway alongside CEHAJ and we will continue to fight for a cleaner project that doesn’t displace people, includes local hire, and commits to a zero-emissions corridor.


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