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The Organizer's Corner Blog

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    Jul 9 2013

    The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), a collaborative of over 35 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from unsustainable energy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change on July 9th, sent out a statement in response to the Climate Action Plan announced by President Obama.

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    May 13 2013

    Scientists have spoken frequently over the last decade warning of the rising levels of "greenhouse gases" in earth's atmosphere. The increase in these gases has been linked to higher surface tempatures, increased storm activity and rising sea levels. As Science Now reports, these gases are about to reach a milestone high not seen on this planet since the Pliocene era.

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    Feb 21 2013

    On February 17th environmental groups from all over North America gathered for a historic rally in Washington D.C. for climate justice. The Bus Riders Union, Idle No More, Sierra Club and many others marched here in Los Angeles in solidarity with the groups in Washington. Part of the rally was used to bring attention to continuing opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

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    Nov 8 2012

    The attached document is the statement that CJA/Just Transition Campaign groups are putting out post Sandy. It has evolved out of 2 different pieces that Ife, Kandi, and Movement Generation had drafted. It includes a new quote from a Grassroots Intl partner from Haiti and it names us as community groups & movements engaged in developing a Just Transition campaign.

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    Oct 25 2012

    An article from our allies in the Indigenous Environmental Network as they confront California lawmakers about the inclusion of REDD in CA's Global Warming Solution Act. California is shaping policy that will affect not only local but international solutions to the growing crisis of climate change.

More from the Organizer's Corner ...

  • 7/10

    In June 2013, the first section of the Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes opened. For bus riders this means decreased wait times and decrease in overall travel time which will not only improve the mobility of 80,000 bus riders traversing the corridor but help attract new riders and decrease the number of cars on our streets. This is the first step in our new No Cars in LA campaign.

  • 3/4

    On March 5th, LA voters are being asked to pay another regressive sales tax, Measure A, which will generate another $215 million to cover the city's budget deficit

  • 10/4

    Barry Commoner, who inspired a generation or three of left radical environmentalists, died in New York on September 30th. He was a founder of the modern environmental movement, an anti-war activist, and a powerful critic of capitalism.

  • 7/19

    Extreme weather, here and around the world, is keeping the discussion about climate change going. As we move into an election year, GOP pundits are ramping up their "climate denial" rhetoric.

  • 7/12

    Simon Butler of Climate Change/Social Change examines the latest weather as the United States was hit by freak storms, intense heatwaves, prolonged drought, huge floods and out-of-control bushfires that have burnt out more than 2.1 million acres.

  • 6/5

    June 5th starts a Week of Action leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development on June 20th. Grassroots Global Justice is calling on all its allies to sign a petition to the US State department rejecting the false solutions of a "Green Economy"

  • 1/19

    Tribal leaders and Native organizations from the United States and Canada are standing together today pleased that President Barack Obama is acknowledging his pledge to listen to the voices of this countries' original people, by rejecting the Transcanada Keystone XL pipeline.  

    "This is one battle won for our Mother Earth," said Clayton Thomas-Muller, campaign coordinator with Clean Air ally Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign.

  • 12/13

    Indigenous leaders returning from Durban, South Africa condemn the fiasco of the United Nations climate change talks and demand a moratorium on a forest carbon offset scheme called REDD+ which they say threatens the future of humanity and Indigenous Peoples' very survival. During the UN climate negotiations, a Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities against REDD+ and for Life was formed to bring attention to the lack of full recognition of Indigenous rights being problematic in the texts of the UN climate negotiations.

  • 12/6

    Joining forces with Communities for a Better Environment, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, and Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, the BRU marched to demand the Mayor and the MTA "Expanding the bus system, not the 710 freeway. Meanwhile, BRU organizer Francisca Porchas is representing Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Transit Riders for Public Transportation in Durban, building our connections with the international climate justice movement.  

  • 12/6

    The BRU, Communities for a Better Environment, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, and Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles have sent this letter to Mayor Villaraigosa and the Board of Directors of MTA calling for swift action on climate change. We demand restoration and expansion of bus service and a halt to the multi-billion dollar expansion of the I-710 freeway as two immediate actions that would benefit the health and well-being of LA's low income communities of color while reducing LA's carbon footprint.

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