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.
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.
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!