CASE STUDY:  Committee  for a Better Arvin — Oil and Gas Ordinance

In 2018, community leaders in Arvin pressured  city officials to pass an unprecedented, health- protective oil and gas ordinance, and used the  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in  litigation to protect residents from four new oil and  gas wells. Twenty miles southeast of Bakersfield,  Arvin [More….]

San Joaquin Valley

Case Study – Southern San Joaquin Valley: Chelsea Tu, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

We use three primary strategies to advance our land use and green zones work: Number one is advancing environmental justice communities’ priorities through local, regional, and state land use planning processes. Number two is connecting community-identified infrastructure projects to funding opportunities at the state and national levels. Number three is building community leadership, self-governance, and resilience. [More….]

San Joaquin Valley

Case Study – Fresno: Ashley Werner, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

We work both in rural communities as well as urban communities and urban fringe, unincorporated communities. All of our work we strive to ensure is rooted in partnerships, longterm partnerships, with community residents from impacted communities themselves, and we’re striving to ensure that all of our advocacy is shaped by their priorities and that, really, it’s the residents who are taking the leaderships and advancing strategies, and we’re doing what we can to facilitate their priorities and their strategies. [More….]

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San Joaquin Valley

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY: The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE)

Low-income communities and communities of color in the Southern San Joaquin Valley (Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties) are exposed to severe environmental hazards, including toxic pesticides and some of the worst air quality in the nation. More than 90 percent of California’s fracking operations takes [More….]