Environmental Justice Movement Mourns the Loss of Pioneers Marie Harrison & Denny Larson

CEJC is still mourning the loss of two of its members and major pioneers of the environmental justice movement.

Denny Larson

Denny Larson

On March 6th Denny Larson, of the Community Science Institute, passed away in New Orleans where he was organizing his “buckets brigades,” a low-cost community air monitoring method he pioneered. Denny helped in fights against pollution all over the world but was especially know for his work in the East Bay Area in campaigns against Chevron in Richmond and a metal smelter in Oakland. He also took on Lumber Liquidators and their harmful use of formaldehyde it their flooring. Denny leaves behind a 10-year old daughter, donations can be made to her college fun here.

Rose Foundation article about Denny: https://rosefdn.org/in-memoriam-denny-larson/

Only two months later CEJC and the Bay Area EJ movement lost another tireless fighter for disadvantaged communities when Marie Harrison of San Francisco passed away at her Stockton home. Marie was a founding member of CEJC who worked with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice in fighting against toxic pollution and contamination near her then home in the SF neighborhood of Bayview Hunters Point.

Marie Harrison2

Marie Harrison

From the SF Chronicle: “She was a remarkable woman, a fighter and an advocate who knew how to get things done,” said colleague and friend Bradley Angel, head of the Greenaction environmental organization where Harrison worked for two decades. “She was always gracious and always true to her beliefs.” “She never compromised her principles,” he added. “She was steadfast and true.” “Marie wasn’t for sale,” said friend Raymond Tompkins, a chemist who consulted with her about soil contamination at Hunters Point. “She was all about integrity. She had a way about her. When she challenged someone on an issue, she was like a mother who caught a child with his hand in the cookie jar.” In 2006, Harrison chained herself to the front of the controversial power plant at Hunters Point. She later chained herself to the fence surrounding the Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund site. The sites were contaminated and posed health risks to parts of San Francisco largely inhabited by minorities, she and Greenaction maintained.

SF Chronicle article about Marie: https://www.sfchronicle.com/green/article/Hunters-Point-environmental-activist-Marie-13826956.php?psid=3pAq2

SF Examiner article about Marie: https://www.sfexaminer.com/the-city/city-mourns-loss-of-passionate-bayview-community-advocate-marie-harrison/

Mission Local article about Marie: https://missionlocal.org/2019/05/marie-harrison-tireless-fighter-for-environmental-justice-dies-at-71/

Greenaction’s page on Bayview Hunters Point: http://greenaction.org/bayview-hunters-point/



CEJC Meets with California’s New Secretary of Environmental Protection

On March 18th about a dozen members of CEJC met with the newly appointed Secretary for Environmental Protection, Jared Blumenfeld, and other CalEPA staff.


Secretary of Environmental Protection, Jared Blumenfeld, meets with members of CEJC

CEJC members representing the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Comite Civico del Valle, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, El Pueblo Para El Agua Y Aire Limpio de Kettleman City, Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee, Californians Against Fracking and Dangerous Drilling, Rootskeeper, Fresh Air Vallejo, Valley Improvement Projects, and the Food Empowerment Project met with Secretary Blumenfeld at the California Environmental Protection Agency building in Sacramento to discuss a wide range of issues effecting EJ communities throughout the state such as air quality, toxic waste, oil and gas fence-line communities, pesticides, and Superfund Sites.

According to the CalEPA website: Jared Blumenfeld was appointed California Secretary for Environmental Protection by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. As Secretary, Jared oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change, protect air and water quality, regulate pesticides and toxic substances, achieve the state’s recycling and waste reduction goals, and advance environmental justice. As a member of the Governor’s cabinet, he advises the Governor on environmental policy…From 2009 to 2016, he served under former President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Pacific Southwest, a region that includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations.

CEJC hopes Secretary Blumenfeld will prioritize the public health of our state’s disadvantaged communities in his new position and continue to meet with EJ organizations and in EJ communities.


CEJC takeover of CalEPA, at least momentarily


CEJC Members Gather and Show Solidarity in 2018

Although CEJC did not have an official CEJC Conference this year, many members gathered and showed solidarity with each other at various events throughout the state in 2018.


CEJC members at the “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” march

On September 8th CEJC members including Greenaction, Comite Civico del Valle, El Pueblo de Kettleman City, Valley Improvement Projects, Bayview Hunters Point Mothers & Fathers Committee, Central CA Environmental Justice Network, Rootskeeper, Fresh Air Vallejo, Sunflower Alliance, Soil Not Oil Coalition, Californians Against Fracking & Dangerous Drilling, Idle No More SF Bay Area, and 350 Bay Area as well as numerous allies from urban, rural, and indigenous communities across California marched with 30,000 others for Climate and Environmental Justice in San Francisco.






On September 9th CEJC members also attended an Intertribal Prayer, Teach-in and Direct Action Training at the West Berkeley Shellmound and community members had a powerful protest against pollution and gentrification in front of Lennar Corporations’ Shipyard Welcome Center in Bayview Hunters Point.


Intertribal Prayer, Teach-in and Direct Action Training at the West Berkeley Shellmound


On October 19th CEJC founding member Comite Civico del Valle hosted the 9th Annual Environmental Health and Leadership Summit in the Imperial Valley town of Heber. CEJC members Central CA Environmental Justice Network, LEAP Institute (formerly Valley LEAP), Greenaction, El Pueblo de Kettleman City, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and other allies attended the event which held workshops, panels,and discussions on the Community Air Protection Program, Air quality, Climate equity, Statewide environmental justice efforts, Binational Legislative Dialogue, Public health issues, Pollution reduction efforts, and other pressing concerns in California.





On November 30th CEJC members Central CA Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN), Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), Greenaction, El Pueblo de Kettleman City, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP), and Comite Civico del Valle hosted an Environmental Justice & Civil Rights Training at CalEPA which provided a great learning opportunity for Local and State Agencies to get informed and learn about Environmental Justice. Topics discussed included language access, cumulative impacts in disadvantaged communities, and indigenous/tribal treatment.


CEJC is proud to have so many dedicated individuals and organizations in our coalition who worked in solidarity with one another throughout 2018 band will continue to in 2019! Have a Happy New Year everyone!

CEJC Member Tri-Valley CAREs is hiring. Interested? Know someone?

Job Opportunity: Bilingual Community Organizer


Position title: Bilingual (English-Spanish) Community Organizer

Position type: Part-time at an average of 20-25 hours per week. The position has the potential to become full-time in the future.  The position includes time in Tri-Valley CAREs’ Livermore office and in western San Joaquin County.


SummaryDo you have a passion for environmental justice and empowering communities to create positive change? The Bilingual Community Organizer position centrally involves writing, speaking and translation services in English and Spanish. The individual holding this position is responsible for building community capacity and empowering residents in western San Joaquin County to better involve them in environmental decision-making regarding the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Site 300 nuclear weapons experimental facility near Tracy, CA. The Bilingual Community Organizer conducts targeted outreach in neighborhoods in western San Joaquin County, with a focus on Spanish-speakers and youth in Tracy. The individual holding this position will build and maintain relationships with governmental and non-governmental organizations and Latinx community leaders to increase their understanding of the Superfund cleanup of toxic and radioactive pollutants and other programs at Site 300. The Bilingual Community Organizer reports directly to Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director. Specific duties and responsibilities are outlined below.

About Tri-Valley CAREs: Since 1983, Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) has strengthened U.S. and global security by stopping the further development of nuclear weapons and working tirelessly for their elimination. Concerned neighbors living around the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Main Site in Livermore, CA and its Site 300 near Tracy, CA founded the organization. Both of these locations are on the EPA’s “Superfund” list of most contaminated sites in the nation. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors environmental cleanup throughout the nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities. The group’s vision for a “green lab” provides tangible steps to move the country and the world away from reliance on nuclear weapons and toward a more sustainable and just future. www.trivalleycares.org

Primary duties and responsibilities:

• Develop written information in English and Spanish for use in outreach campaigns, including flyers, fact sheets, newsletter articles, and letters to the editor; make community presentations and provide translation.

• Develop social media and web content in English and Spanish.

• Conduct bilingual outreach, including neighborhood walks, workshops and issue trainings, with a focus on Spanish-speakers and youth, to educate residents about environmental hazards and Superfund cleanup at Site 300.

• Build community-based leadership with bilingual skill training in public speaking, letter writing, advocacy and/or media.

• Speak, table, and/or participate in community events relevant to Site 300 outreach, including the annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Stockton, sponsored by El Concilio, and the annual Mexican Independence Day festival in Tracy, sponsored by Southside Community.

• Facilitate meetings between Latinx and youth residents, environmental regulators and/or elected officials on issues of concern to community members.

• Engage residents in advocacy campaigns to strengthen environmental regulations, enforcement mechanisms and public participation practices involving Site 300; conduct media events in support of these campaigns.

• Manage the group’s Youth Video Contest to involve young people between the ages of 10 and 30-years old.

General duties:

• Attend the group’s monthly meetings; participate in two group events during the year.

• Represent Tri-Valley CAREs in the California Environmental Justice Coalition.

• Facilitate meetings of the Tracy Environmental Advisory Committee for Site 300.

• Other duties as assigned by the organization’s Executive Director.

Required qualifications:

• Bilingual in Spanish and English; demonstrated ability to speak, translate and write in both languages.

• Strong communication skills; able to work with diverse constituencies.

• Able to work as part of a team on some occasions and with limited supervision on others.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, InDesign, Photoshop and/or Illustrator (or similar program), email, and common social media platforms.

• Strong commitment to Tri-Valley CAREs’ mission and goals.

• Ability and willingness to travel within San Joaquin County and nearby counties; position requires a flexible schedule to accommodate outreach opportunities including some evening and weekend hours.

• At least one-year minimum of community organizing or equivalent experience.

• Residency in or near San Joaquin County or a willingness to relocate.

Preferred qualifications:

• Community roots in Tracy or western San Joaquin County.

• Degree in communication, environmental science, social science, or another relevant field.

Working environment: The position is based out of Tri-Valley CAREs’ office in Livermore and requires working in the office 10-12 hours/week on average. The balance of the time will be spent in San Joaquin County.

CompensationPay is $17 – $20/hour depending on experience. Medical benefit is available after 30-days. 1-week paid annual vacation is available after 6 months.

Experience and Languages(See required qualifications)

Deadline: Position open until filled.

How to apply: Email your resume in English, 3 professional references, and a writing sample of 1- 3 pages in English or Spanish. Your writing sample may be one part of a longer piece, an essay, or anything else you have already written. It must be your original writing; any topic is fine.

Send packet by email tomarylia@earthlink.net and scott@trivalleycares.org. Your application packet can also be sent by postal mail to: Tri-Valley CAREs, 4049 First Street, Suite 139 A, Livermore, CA 94551


CEJC Fights for Climate and Environmental Justice in SF-Bay Area September 8th & 9th!

The California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) will have representatives of some of our front-line community groups from all over the state come to San Francisco for the September 8th “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” march.
The march on Saturday, September 8th assembles at the Embarcadero at 10am, then will march to Civic Center. At around 5:30pm CEJC will gather for a “NorCal Gathering” at the office of Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice at 315 Sutter Street 2nd floor, SF, for an informal hang-out, a chance to network and also food.

CEJC and allies march for Environmental Justice and Climate Justice at the US EPA building in San Francisco for Earth Day, April 2017.

The next day, Sunday, September 9th, CEJC members will support and participate in a big action in Berkeley at the Ohlone Shellmound that is being threatened by developers. Then at 12:30pm we will join Greenaction and Bayview Hunters Point residents in a protest at the Lennar corporation’s sales office next to the Shipyard Superfund site where the battle over radioactive and toxic contamination, rising sea levels and gentrification is raging.
More information about CEJC’s “SoCal Gathering” in the Imperial Valley on October 20th will be coming soon.
If you are interested in more information, please contact CEJC at:

(415) 447-3904



CEJC Meets in Sacramento August 2017

CEJC Networking Session at “Soil Not Oil” This Week!


Thursday, September 7, 2017  4 PM – 6:30 PM


CEJC Networking Session: Building Unity, Solidarity and People Power in the Statewide Movement for Environmental and Climate Justice

The networking session will be facilitated by CEJC members Rey Leon/San Joaquin Valley LEAP (Latino Environmental Advancement Project), Bradley Angel/Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, and Ms. Margaret Gordon/West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP).

Join in discussion with the grassroots community and environmental justice leaders in the California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC) to learn about each other’s work, and how we can work together to strengthen the unity, solidarity and effectiveness of the environmental and climate justice movement in California. The CEJC is the largest and most diverse environmental justice  coalition in the state, and operates on the principles of unity and solidarity. CEJC is a grassroots, community-led coalition of over 60 diverse organizations, and was founded in Kettleman City in the San Joaquin Valley in 2014.

More info at: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/


36 CEJC Members & Allies Submit Comments to DTSC on Civil Rights & Language Access Policy

CLICK HERE FOR PDF: August 2, 2017 EJ Recommendations on DTSC Civil Rights & Language Access policies

Environmental Justice Comments to DTSC on development of DTSC Civil Rights and Language Access Policies  

The following provisions and language should be included in DTSC’s new Civil Rights and Language Access policies:

I.  Introduction and Relevant Authority Requiring Civil Rights Compliance

As a recipient of federal and state funds, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Toxic Substances Control are subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations, and California Government Code 11135.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d to 2000d-7, and the

United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Title VI regulations, 40 C.F.R. Part 7, prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. DTSC and CalEPA are recipients of financial assistance from U.S. EPA and are subject to the provisions of Title VI and U.S. EPA’s implementing regulations.

As recipients of funding from the State of California, DTSC and CalEPA are subject to California Government Code, Section 11135 which prohibits discrimination under any program or activity that receives any financial assistance from the state.

Pursuant to Title VI and Government Code 11135, California EPA and DTSC will refrain from discrimination or taking actions that have discriminatory negative impact on the basis of race, color, or national origin in its permit and regulatory processes, decisions, actions, provision of services, administration of its programs, and contractual agreements.

DTSC is committed to the principle of environmental justice, equal opportunity and equitable service for all individuals in the State of California. DTSC will not tolerate discrimination, nor will it take any actions or make any decisions that have a discriminatory negative impact against protected classes of persons. Civil rights compliance will help bring about environmental justice and protect the health and well-being of California’s most vulnerable residents.

DTSC will meet the intent and provisions of both Title VI and Section 11135. Pursuant to Title VI and Section 11135, DTSC will require that no person shall be excluded from participation, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, genetic information, race, national origin, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, or physical or mental disability, or any other basis by federal or state statutes in any program or activity undertaken by DTSC.

Applicable civil rights requirements include (but are not limited to) the following: a. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 including Title VI of that Act.

  1. Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act of 1973.
  2. California Government Code 11135.
  3. S. EPA Title VI Limited English Proficiency Guidance, 69 Federal Register 35602.
  4. S. Department of Justice Title VI Limited English Proficiency guidance, 67 Federal

Register 41455.

  1. DTSC Bilingual Services Policy.
  2. Title VI Civil Rights Act Settlement agreement signed August 10, 2016 that resolved the Title VI Complaint filed by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice and El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water of Kettleman City against the DTSC and California EPA.


II.   Applicability

The policies, procedures, and responsibility of this Civil Rights Policy apply to all DTSC staff, including those working on their behalf, such as contractors and grantees. It applies to all aspects of the agency’s work, programs, activities, public participation processes, development of regulations and policies, and permit and regulatory decisions.

In addition, DTSC will ensure that those entities that receive funding from DTSC comply with applicable civil rights laws and regulations.

DTSC will not use documents or decisions from other agencies in making DTSC decisions if the other agency’s decisions or processes failed to comply with civil rights laws.


III.   Language Access

DTSC affirms that all people have a right to meaningful participation in decisions that affect them. Civil rights compliance includes ensuring “language access” in order to enable non-English speakers and Limited English Proficient individuals to participate in an equitable and meaningful way in DTSC’s public processes. DTSC will take all reasonable steps to ensure that vital documents related to DTSC services, programs, and activities are translated into the most frequently encountered languages of those LEP individuals affected by the services, programs, and activities or are interpreted for the LEP individual(s).

This civil rights policy incorporates the DTSC Bilingual Services Policy: “It is the policy of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to ensure that all customers with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have equal access to all available services and information provided by DTSC. DTSC will provide effective communication by identifying bilingual staff, ensuring the availability of resources, and providing translated written materials in other languages.”


IV.  Civil Rights Compliance to Ensure Meaningful Civic Engagement

Meaningful public participation through processes that comply with civil rights laws, regulations, policies, and guidance will have the following elements:

  1. All relevant notices, documents, reports, meetings, and hearings (pursuant to Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act of 1973 and DTSC’s Bilingual Services Policy) will be language accessible to all residents of affected communities ensuring their ability to actively participate in relevant DTSC decisions. These meetings will accommodate LEP individuals to ensure effective communication. This necessitates translations of vital documents, accompanying visuals, handouts, and presentations in public meetings, public hearings held by DTSC and processes conducted by DTSC. If no bilingual DTSC staff member is present, a contract translator or interpreter must be onsite to ensure all verbal communication may be understood by relevant LEP individuals.

Non-English speakers will be allocated the same amount of time to speak as English Speakers, with full simultaneous translation provided. If subsequent translation is used, the non-English speaker will be given twice the amount of time to speak. AB 1787 specifically requires local governmental bodies to abide by these equal time rules, and DTSC will not utilize any decisions or documents from local governmental bodies that failed to comply with AB 1787.

  1. Clear prohibition on discriminatory practices, including practices of intimidation and hostile environments that prevent meaningful public participation. This includes a prohibition on having a large and/or intimidating police presence at DTSC meetings and hearings.
  2. Meetings and hearings will be held at appropriate times and locations, facilitating and maximizing the ability of members of the public to participate. Meetings and hearings affecting a community should be held in that community.
  3. Timely notices will be written in English and any other appropriate languages, with the English and translated versions on the same page when feasible, for workshops, meetings, available drafts, comment periods, and related documents and publications. Notices and documents should use plain language rather than all technical wording.


V. Review of Hazardous Waste Permit Applications, Permit and Regulatory Processes, and Decisions: 

Applicable state and federal civil rights requirements will be complied with during DTSC’s permitting processes and regulatory oversight of facilities under its jurisdiction.

  1. DTSC will take into account civil rights during its permitting process for hazardous waste facilities and during all of its permitting and regulatory processes and activities. DTSC will conduct an analysis of civil rights and environmental justice considerations for each permit process and permit and regulatory decision and will include that written analysis in the decision documents;
  2. DTSC will deny permits to facilities whose emissions and operations would have a disparate negative impact on overburdened communities of protected classes of persons;
  3. DTSC will require and conduct a comprehensive cumulative impact analysis as part of every permit application process. DTSC will apply CalEnviroScreen and similar cumulative impact tools to analyze and address the vulnerability of nearby communities in permitting decisions. Each decision will include a written analysis of the vulnerability of an affected community;
  4. DTSC must reject a permit if the most updated version of CalEnviroScreen’s results show its issuance would have a harmful and disproportionate impact on people of color, non-English speakers and/or vulnerable groups of people protected by state and federal civil rights laws;
  5. DTSC will utilize Statements of Overriding Consideration under the California Environmental Quality Act when necessary to protect and overburdened, vulnerable community of color from more pollution and prevent disparate negative impacts which are prohibited pursuant to civil rights laws;
  6. DTSC will not utilize Statements of Overriding Consideration under the California Environmental Quality Act to approve permits for pollution if such a permit would have a disparate negative impact on protected classes of persons and would thus violate civil rights laws;
  7. DTSC will ensure language access in all aspects of its activities and processes;
  8. DTSC will cease use of or reliance on documents including Environmental Impact Reports prepared by other agencies that were approved during processes that violated the civil rights of residents, were conducted in a hostile environment, were not language accessible, and/or otherwise denied the affected public meaningful opportunities for public participation;
  9. DTSC affirms that public comment periods, permit and regulatory processes including appeals, are appropriate forums in which to raise objections to DTSC’s permitting decisions that include civil rights claims, when those objections are raised consistent with DTSC’s regulations.


VI. Consultation with Native Nations and Protection of Sacred Sites and Cultural Resources

DTSC will conduct meaningful consultation with Native Nations, recognized and unrecognized, at the beginning of any process and prior to any decision that would impact Native Nations, their members, environment, cultural resources and sacred sites whether on tribal lands and/or aboriginal territory.

DTSC will refrain from taking any action or approving any action that harms, desecrates or destroys Indigenous peoples’ sacred sites or cultural resources.

Native Nations will be provided a full and meaningful opportunity for public participation in decisions that could impact their people, environment, sovereignty, sacred site and/or cultural resources.


VII. Roles and Responsibilities for DTSC staff

DTSC staff will be trained on civil rights compliance including language access policies and procedures, including how to access policies and procedures, how to access language assistance services and how to identify and work with LEP individuals, interpreters, and translators.


VII. Public Complaints/Complaint Procedures:

  1. DTSC recognizes that if individuals or organizations feel their civil rights are being threatened or have been infringed upon by DTSC, then these individuals and organizations have the ability to take legal action and/or file administrative complaints in response to civil rights violations made by DTSC.
  2. Filing an administrative civil rights complaint at the federal level is pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Public Complaints may therefore be sent to the U.S. EPA., Office of Civil Rights.

Address:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Civil Rights

Mail Code 1201A

1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20460

Email: Title_VI_Complaints@epa.gov

3. Filing a complaint at the state level is pursuant to Section 11135 and should be                    submitted to the Department Fair Employment and Housing. Visit                                            https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/complaintprocess/complaintforms/ for more                                    information.


Respectfully submitted,

Maricela Mares Alatorre, Spokesperson

El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpia/People for Clean Air and Water

Kettleman City, CA

Bradley Angel, Executive Director

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice

San Francisco and Kettleman City, CA


Asamblea de Gonzales

Roberta Camacho-Treasurer

Gonzales, CA


Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee for Health and Environmental Justice

Leaotis Martin and Mavis Williams, Co-Directors

San Francisco, CA


California Prison Moratorium Project

Debbie Reyes, Director

Fresno, CA


California Environmental Justice Coalition (CEJC)

Thomas Helme, Coordinator

Statewide, CA


California Safe Schools

Robina Suwol, Executive Director

Los Angeles, CA


Code Pink – San Francisco

Jackie Barshak, Representative

San Francisco, CA


Comite Civico del Valle

Luis Olmedo and Humberto Lugo

Brawley, CA


Communities for a Better Environment – Richmond

Andrés Soto, Richmond Community Organizer

Richmond, CA


Community Food and Justice Coalition

Armando Nieto, Executive Director

Oakland, CA


Community Science Institute

Denny Larson, Executive Director

Richmond, CA


Del Amo Action Committee

Cynthia Babich, Director

Torrance, CA


Desert Protection Society

Donna Charpied, Executive Director

Desert Center CA


Equal Justice Society

Allison Elgart, Legal Director

Oakland, CA


Food Empowerment Project

lauren Ornelas, Founder/Executive Director

Cotati, CA


Fresnans Against Fracking

Ron Martin, President

Fresno, CA


Friends of the Earth – US

Gary Graham Hughes, M.Sc., Senior California Advocacy Campaigner


Grayson Neighborhood Council

John Mataka, President

Grayson, CA


Healthy 880 Communities

Wafaa Aborashed, Executive Director

San Leandro, CA


Idle No More San Francisco Bay Area

Pennie Opal Plant, Coordinator


La Union Hace La Fuerza

Guadalupe Rosales, Director

Eastern Coachella Valley, CA


Literacy for Environmental Justice

Anthony Khalil, Community Programs Director

San Francisco, CA


No Coal In Oakland

Margaret Rossoff, Secretary-Treasurer

Oakland, CA


Our Roots Multi-Cultural Center

John Hernandez, President

El Centro, CA


Resilient Communities Initiative

Phoenix Armenta, Coordinator

Oakland, CA



David Braun, Director

Oakland, CA


Shore Up Marin

Hannah Dorress, Co-Director

Marin City, CA


Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club

Ron Martin, Vice Chair

Fresno, CA


The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Colin Bailey, Executive Director and Managing Attorney

Sacramento, CA


Tri-County Watchdogs

Katherine King

Frazier Park, CA


Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment)

Marylia Kelley, Executive Director

Livermore, CA


West County Toxics Coalition

Dr. Henry Clark, Executive Director

Richmond, CA


Valley Improvement Projects (VIP)

Bianca Lopez, Chairperson

Modesto, CA


West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs

Janice Schroeder, Core Member

Berkeley, CA


West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Margaret Gordon and Brian Beveridge, Co-Directors

Oakland, CA



CEJC Will Host 3rd Statewide Gathering Since its Founding! REGISTER NOW!


Please join the California Environmental Justice Coalition for our 3rd Statewide Gathering from Saturday, August 12th – Monday, August 14th 2017.



Saturday, August 12th 2:30pm-7pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church – 1701 L Street, Sacramento

Introductions, networking, and dinner!


Sunday, August 13th 9:30am-5pm

Capitol Event Center – 1020 11th Street, Sacramento

CEJC Conference to discuss the future of the coalition, youth outreach, climate justice, and more!


Monday, August 14th 9:30am-12pm

Sierra Hearing Room, CalEPA Building – 1001 I Street, Sacramento

Presenting Environmental Justice testimony to DTSC/CalEPA on Civil Rights and Language Access


Hotel rooms for Saturday and Sunday night will be reserved for participating CEJC members. Reasonable travel expenses can also be reimbursed for CEJC members!


Support for this project has been provided by: California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

REGISTER for the CEJC Imperial Valley Regional Conference on Saturday, June 24th!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the CEJC Imperial Valley-Colorado River Regional Conference: Saturday, June 24th!

CEJC will be continuing its series of Regional Conferences throughout the state bringing together CEJC organizations, allies, supporters, and community members to discuss Environmental Justice issues in the local region, network, organize, and plan solutions to our common problems. Please join us!

CEJC Imperial Valley Flyer

imperial valley map

Save the Dates and Register for CEJC Regional and Statewide Conferences!

imperial valley map

CEJC will hold its third Regional Conference in the Imperial Valley on Saturday, June 24th. Click here to REGISTER and get more info!



We will also hold our third Statewide All-CEJC Conference in Sacramento from Saturday, August 12th to Monday, August 14th. Click here to REGISTER and get more info!

As a state-wide coalition, CEJC understands the importance of solidarity in the Environmental Justice movement. In order to strengthen our solidarity, CEJC will be hosting a series of regional conferences to explore the common issues and solutions that may exist in their particular area. Members are also welcome to present these issues and potential solutions at an all-CEJC conference in the state’s capital this summer!

Como parte de una colaicion estatal, CEJC entiende la importancia de la solidaridad en la lucha de la Justicia del Medio Ambiente. Para fortalecer nuestra solidaridad, CEJC tendra una serie de conferencias regionales para explorar nuestras preucupaciones comunes, y soluciones que pueden existir en areas particulares. En adicion, miembros estan invitados a presentar sus preocupaciones y soluciones en la Conferencia de  todo CEJC en la Capital este verano.

Discussion and workshop topics will include: Air Quality, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Cumulative Impacts of Pollution, Fracking and Fossil Fuels, Implications of the Trump Administration, Legislative Advocacy, Social Media, Water Quality and Access, Youth Outreach, and more!

Temas y discusion incluyeran: Calidad del Aire, Derechos Civiles, Cambio de Clima, Impactos cumulativos de Contaminacion, Fractura Hidraulca y fosil combustible, Implicaciones de la adminitracion de Trump, Abogacia Legeslativa, Medio Social, Calidad y accesso del agua, Divulgacion de la Joventud, y mas!

Support for this project has been provided by: California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants Program