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Air Resources Board Approves Program to Improve Air Quality in Disadvantaged Communities

Sacramento, CA ​—Muscoy was selected by the California Air Resources Board as one of ten areas to have community air monitoring and emission reduction plans developed through the help of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The creation of the state’s Community Air Protection program is a step in the right direction, although much remains to be.....

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San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to vote on rezoning 17 acres of land in Bloomington

This article was first published August 15, 2018 on IECN The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take a vote on rezoning an unincorporated area of Bloomington to build a distribution warehouse on Tuesday, August 21. IECN photo courtesy Gary Grossich: A picnic table chained to a tree on the proposed warehouse property.....

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Mariana Lopez embraces civic engagement with passion

This article was first published July 31, 2018 on IECN Canvassing in the scorching heat, knocking door-to-door, talking to residents to get pledge cards, and testifying during public hearings. Sounds extensive, doesn’t it? These sort of actions are typical for local volunteer, Mariana Lopez. A recent 23-year-old graduate from the University of California at Irvine,.....

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Assemblymember Reyes Announces the 2018 30 Under 30 Awardees

This press release was first published July 10, 2018 on IECN In honor of former Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) is continuing her legacy by hosting the 2nd Annual 30 Under 30 event. The goal of the 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony & Art Showcase is to honor the accomplishments of.....

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California must invest in cleaning up polluted communities

Pump jacks stand in a field being developed for drilling using fracking near Lost Hills in 2014. David McNew Getty Images This op-ed was originally published June 1, 2018 on the Sacramento Bee Gasping for air in an asthma attack. Heart problems, cancer, stroke. These are the consequences of fossil fuels for millions of people in California’s.....

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Prop. 70 will slow down California’s push towards a greener future

This Op-Ed was first published May 30, 2018 on IECN California’s progress on reducing air pollution and climate action is at risk due to Proposition 70–industry’s sneaky attempt to curb investments benefiting low income, working class communities. What appears as a fair deal on the surface is really an act of political expediency that will.....

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After Fighting with Us All His Life, Allen Hernandez Joins CCAEJ as Executive Director

Join us in welcoming Allen Hernandez to the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice team as executive director. Allen has been a part of our fight to build community power his entire life. A second-generation resident of Fontana, Allen spent his childhood in and out of the emergency room because of his inability to.....

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How will CA’s Move To Electric Transit Impact Our Community in the Inland Region?

What’s the latest news? On January 11, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to approve utility programs aiming to electrify the state’s transportation system. The decision means that our state’s largest investor-owned utilities will move forward with ambitious pilot programs to electrify transportation — the largest source of pollution in the state. How.....

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Meet the Next Generation of Environmental Justice Advocates

Our communities depend on future generations to follow in our footsteps and speak up for environmental and social justice. Through our Emerging Youth Leaders Program, we empower, educate and engage students in high school and college to take on active leadership roles in their communities. On December 2, 2017, we celebrated with the 13 inspiring.....

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San Bernardino Celebrates an Environmental Justice Victory

For over 20 years, we worked alongside San Bernardino residents to raise our voices and call on Omnitrans, a local public transit agency, to find a safer solution for storing natural gas that posed a danger to our homes and schools. Why We Took Community Action Omnitrans’ headquarters are located in the heart of the.....