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After 39 Years, Founder of Inland Valley’s Environmental Justice Movement Retires

Penny Newman announces departure from the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice Renowned activist to continue advocating for Inland Valley as Riverside County Board of Supervisors candidate Jurupa Valley, August 11, 2017 – Today, Penny Newman, the founder and executive director of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), announces her retirement from the organization after nearly 40 years......

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We Will Not Allow Warehouses To Poison Our Families

Warehouses bring large amounts of diesel truck traffic that pollute nearby communities with toxins that cause asthma, cancer, heart disease, emphysema and early death. When our government allows warehouses to be built too close to homes and schools, it is illegal. In 2013, CCAEJ won a lawsuit against the county for breaking the California Environmental Quality.....

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Jurupa Valley residents rally against power lines that would halt community growth

Power lines would seal off open land meant for grocery stores, jobs near new homes Neighbors led protest to oppose power lines that would bring zero power to locals Jurupa Valley, August 2, 2017 – Today, over 40 Jurupa Valley residents gathered to speak out against the proposed installation of power lines next their homes. The families.....

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We Will Not Allow Riverside to Cage Jurupa Valley’s Future In Their Power Lines

Betty Anderson is a passionate community leader of Jurupa Valley. She’s building community power to protect Jurupa Valley’s future from Riverside’s power line project. Betty’s here to tell you why.  There is more than one point of view about the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP).  Mr. Girish Balachandran of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and RPU.....

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The voice of our community is powerful, and it’s within you.

  Every day, for 35 years and counting, we watch community leaders stand up to special interests, polluters and prejudice and we watch them win. These leaders are the grandmothers, fathers, daughters and friends who live next door. They are just like you. They don’t have the time, money, experience or the formal expertise they.....

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An Open Letter To Assemblymember Garcia: Amend AB 617 So Our Families Can Breathe

July 12, 2017 The Honorable Cristina Garcia Assemblymember State Capitol, Room 2013 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: AB 617 — Oppose in Current Iteration Dear Assemblymember Garcia: We thank you for your efforts on behalf of environmental justice communities, and we know you are one of the strongest champions for the community in Sacramento; which makes.....

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Tell Our Governor: Your “Climate Bills” Sell Our Lungs To The Oil Industry, We’re Smarter Than Your Spin

Right now, a battle between political points, the oil industry and the future of the air we breathe is taking place in Sacramento. It’s time to wield our community power to ensure a better future. A key bill package on climate policy and air quality is moving its way through negotiations in our state legislature......

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Become a Citizen. Take Charge of Our Community’s Fate.

At the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, my job as Civic Engagement Coordinator is to help us build a powerful community that is led by our people and for our people. When our community is empowered to make our own decisions, we can build healthier, cleaner places to live more prosperous lives. We.....

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Toya Vick: A Voice For Our Community

Boards and commissions in the Inland Valley are key decision-making bodies that oftentimes do not represent the needs and interests of the communities they are supposed to govern. Our Boards and Commissions Training Program trains and supports community leaders to help build upon their skills and network in order to get appointed to key boards and.....

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Take Action to Bring Our Community’s Needs To State Decisions

The California Transportation Commission allocates the majority of transportation funds in the state, so it’s imperative that appointees have our families’ best interests at heart. A newly proposed state bill, AB 179, would require at least one CTC commissioner to represent environmental justice communities. The CTC allocates the majority of transportation funds in the state, so.....