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Why We Need Community Centered Climate Policy Even More

SCOPE Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
Since the passage of the closed door California climate deal in late July, SCOPE has joined forces with grassroots leaders from across the state to organize town-halls, ground-truth the impacts of polluting industries in our neighborhoods, meet with legislators in Sacramento, and continue to push forward a community-led vision for transformation that starts in our own neighborhoods.

SCOPE Joins the STAND LA Coalition: Fight to End Oil Drilling in Los Angeles

Erick Huerta Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
Throughout its history, the fossil fuel industry has played a major role in the development of the City of Los Angeles. Due to over-development and a history of poor, often racialized, land use decisions, many drilling sites are located in communities with a higher percentage of residents of color, and high rates of poverty, unemployment, and linguistic isolation.

Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Power of Resistance

Ken Henshaw Red Pepper
Twenty years after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 of his comrades, their work continues to inspire ethnic nationalities across the world, showing that it is possible to stand up against a multinational oil company. In all our struggles the message was simple: take on the devil without losing your moral belief in the tools of nonviolence. Ken Saro-Wiwa’s life is a lasting testament to the power of nonviolence, the power of resistance, the power of people.

For Latino Voters, Environment As Important As Immigration

Allie Yee The Institute for Southern Studies
Environmental organizations in the U.S. are staffed nearly entirely by whites with little representation by people of color, contributing to a perception that communities of color are not interested in environmental issues. But a poll released this summer surveying 1,200 Latino voters across the country challenged this notion, finding that there is, in fact, broad concern for the environment among Latino voters.

City of LA Votes to Protect Communities from Exploding Bomb Trains

Diane Middleton Harry Bridges Institute
Phillips 66 proposes an Oil Train offloading facility in San Luis Obispo County to ship 3 million gallons per day of volatile and toxic crude by rail in outdated and unsafe oil tank cars into California, including through Inland Empire and LA Harbor, Downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley. Recently LA City Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a resolution and the entire Council approved asking the San Luis Obispo County Supervisors to deny Phillip 66's request.

Beyond Single Issues: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

Dierdre Smith The Indypendent
I can’t stress enough how important it is for me, as a black climate justice advocate, as well as for my people, to see the climate movement show solidarity with the people of Ferguson and with black communities around the country striving for justice. Other movements have stepped up to the plate: labor, LGBTQ and immigrant rights groups have all taken the firm stand that they have the backs of the black community. Solidarity and allyship is important in and of itself.
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