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We All Deserve to Dream

The recent news about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) spurred many different emotions in our community, from sadness to anger and more, especially for those who would be impacted directly by this policy change. Above all, this news confirms that we urgently need a clean and strong DREAM Act. We know that President Trump’s.....

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Planning for Healthy Communities

Recently, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) co-sponsored California Senate Bill 1000. Now that the bill has passed, cities and counties are required to adopt an environmental justice element or integrate environmental justice-related policies, objectives and goals into other elements of their General Plans. After SB 1000 passed, California Environmental Justice Alliance.....

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The Rochas are Defending Our Human Rights from Mega Warehouses

 Meet Kim and Tommy Rocha. When constant traffic pollution encroached on their neighborhood, they moved to Bloomington and found their American dream: a beautiful home in a peaceful community. Then the warehouses and diesel truck pollution came, threatening their livelihood yet again. Here’s why they’ve become two of our community’s leading voices for human rights. It.....

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The Time is Now To Build Our Power

All of us at CCAEJ are saddened and outraged at the continuing actions of our government. The callous disregard for the families and young people affected is despicable.   Our country finds itself in the grips of multiple disasters – the natural disaster brought on my human activity and social disasters inflicted upon families through misguided.....

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Job Announcement – Executive Director

  Date: August 17, 2017  Applications Due: October 16, 2017  Established in 1978, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice is one of the oldest and most successful environmental justice organizations in California and continues to operate a comprehensive suite of community engagement programs focused on reducing residents’ exposure to local pollution sources and bringing resources and amenities to.....

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

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.....