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Announcing Our 2023 Legislative Agenda

Coalition of Communities of Color - Tue, 01/31/2023 - 13:45

The Coalition of Communities of Color is proud to release our priority legislative agenda for the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session.

Every session, CCC engages throughout the legislative process to pass bills that increase opportunity and advance racial justice for communities of color.

Our agenda is made up of legislation identified by our members, who work directly with communities to build solutions that will enable Black, Indigenous, and other Oregonians of color to thrive.

SEE OUR FULL AGENDA

You can learn more about our endorsement process here.

View a PDF of our legislative agenda here.

Our 2023 Priority LegislationEconomic JusticeHousing
  • Eviction Reform and Reduction - SB 799

  • Reasonable Rent - SB 611, HB 2733

  • Rental Market Data

  • Rent Assistance Budget Resources

Advancing Democracy
  • Guaranteeing the Right to Vote - SB 579

  • Ranked Choice Voting - HB 2004

  • Opportunity to Serve Act

Education
  • Preparing Teachers to Teach Ethnic Studies

  • Pacific Islander Student Success Plan

Criminal Legal Reform
  • In Defense of Humanity - SB 413

  • Consistency in Supervision - SB 581

  • Equitable Workgroups for Equitable Outcomes - HB 2650

  • Invest in Victims’ Healing and Gun Violence Prevention (budget request)

Environmental Justice
  • Green Infrastructure Equity - HB 3016

  • Community Benefitting Water Infrastructure Funding - budget request

  • Renewable Energy and Transmission Siting Reform - HB 2989

  • Climate Resilience Hubs - HB 2990

Learn more about specific legislative items on our full agenda webpage here. We'll be adding updates and more information as the legislative session advances, as well as opportunities for community members to get involved.

Learn more about CCC’s endorsement process and what it means here. The positions on our agenda represent only the position of CCC as a coalition and not individual members. Please contact CCC's Advocacy Director, Sol Mora, at sol@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org with questions.

Solidarity with the Movement to Stop Cop City and Defend Weelaunee Forest

Climate Justice Alliance - Fri, 01/27/2023 - 14:08

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Climate Justice Alliance endorsed the following statement of solidarity with the movement to stop cop city and defend the Weelaunee Forest.

On January 18, in the course of their latest militarized raid on the forest, police in Atlanta shot and killed a person. This is only the most recent of a series of violent police retaliations against the movement. The official narrative is that Cop City is necessary to make Atlanta “safe,” but this brutal killing reveals what they mean when they use that word.

Forests are the lungs of planet Earth. The destruction of forests affects all of us. So do the gentrification and police violence that the bulldozing of Weelaunee Forest would facilitate. What is happening in Atlanta is not a local issue.

Politicians who support Cop City have attempted to discredit forest defenders as “outside agitators.” This smear has a disgraceful history in the South, where authorities have used it against abolitionists, labor organizers, and the Civil Rights Movement, among others. The goal of those who spread this narrative is to discourage solidarity and isolate communities from each other while offering a pretext to bring in state and federal forces, who are the actual “outside agitators.” The consequence of that strategy is on full display in the tragedy of January 18.

Replacing a forest with a police training center will only create a more violently policed society, in which taxpayer resources enrich police and weapons companies rather than addressing social needs. Mass incarceration and police militarization have failed to bring down crime or improve conditions for poor and working-class communities.

In Atlanta and across the US, investment in police budgets comes at the expense of access to food, education, childcare, and healthcare, of affordable and stable housing, of parks and public spaces, of transit and the free movement of people, of economic stability for the many. Concentrating resources in the hands of police serves to defend the extreme accumulation of wealth and power by corporations and the very rich.

What do cops do with their increased budgets and their carte blanche from politicians? They kill people, every single day. They incarcerate and traumatize schoolchildren, parents, loved ones who are simply struggling to survive. We must not settle for a society organized recklessly upon the values of violence, racism, greed, and careless indifference to life.

The struggle that is playing out in Atlanta is a contest for the future. As the catastrophic effects of climate change hammer our communities with hurricanes, heat waves, and forest fires, the stakes of this contest are clearer than ever. It will determine whether those who come after us inherit an inhabitable Earth or a police state nightmare. It is up to us to create a peaceful society that does not treat human life as expendable.

The forest defenders are trying to create a better world for all of us. We owe it to the people of Atlanta and to future generations everywhere to support them.

Here are some ways to support the defense of the forest in Atlanta:

  • Organize political solidarity bail funds, forest defense funds, and forest defense committees where you live.
  • Participate in or organize local solidarity actions.

For an updated list of endorsers visit defendtheatlantaforest.org/solidarity/

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International Zero Waste Cities Conference 2023: Zero Waste to Zero Emission

One of the leading causes of climate change is unmanaged waste and at the recently held COP27 last November 2022, the continuing struggle to reach the Global Methane Pledge, which recognizes that reducing methane, a greenhouse gas over 80 times as potent as CO2, is critical to achieving the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5˚C. 

Waste is the third largest source of methane, primarily from landfilling organic waste.  Tackling this greenhouse gas globally remains on the agenda of countries committed to put forward the Global Waste Initiative 50, which hopes to catalyze both adaptation and mitigation solutions by treating and recycling 50% of the waste produced by 2050. Both the Global Methane Pledge and the Global Waste Initiative 50 signal how countries are recognizing the potential of Zero Waste to help meet climate targets affordably and effectively by introducing better waste management policies. 

Zero Waste, therefore, is an essential tool for climate adaptation, particularly for communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Approaches such as composting to reduce pollution prevents disease vectors and boosts soil resilience while also combating floods and droughts that threaten food security. Such approaches also create jobs while lowering waste management costs. These and other affordable, fast-acting Zero Waste strategies are vital and should be included in international climate financing to ensure that money is going to communities already building grassroots climate solutions, not to polluting waste management projects.

To date, more than 25 cities across the region have established Zero Waste models, showcasing innovations in source separation, organics management, materials recovery, and plastic regulation. Several of these cities have also incorporated waste assessment brand audits (WABA)*. In their baseline studies, exposing plastic waste as one of the most problematic aspects of their waste streams. With various government initiatives such as plastic bans to reduce the number of carrier bags and plastic straws, challenges in dealing with the volume of single-use plastics (SUPs) render governments to spend millions of funds in transportation costs for landfilling, or even incineration. 

These pressing issues and concerns, from addressing climate challenges, reducing gaps, and highlighting impactful initiatives and policies to meet our global targets, serve as the focal agenda in this year’s International Zero Waste Cities Conference 2023 (IZWCC 2023). Held previously in Malaysia (2019), the Philippines proudly takes on the hosting conference baton this year.

Aptly themed Zero Waste to Zero Emission, the International Zero Waste Cities Conference will gather government officials, civil society organizations, and Zero Waste communities and practitioners from cities in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, the United States, Europe, and Africa in a two-day conference at Seda Hotel, Quezon City on 26 – 27 January 2023. 

For details, visit izwcc.zerowaste.asia.

The International Zero Waste Month is made possible in partnership with the following media outlets: Advocates (Philippines), Bandung Bergerak (Indonesia), Business Ecology (China), The Business Post (Bangladesh), The Manila Times (Philippines), Pressenza (Global), Rappler (Philippines), Sunrise Today (Pakistan), The Recombobulator Lab (Global), and Republic Asia. 

Zero Waste Month celebrations originated in the Philippines in 2012 when youth leaders issued a Zero Waste Youth Manifesto calling for, among other things, the celebration of a Zero Waste Month. This was made official when Presidential Proclamation No. 760 was issued, declaring January as Zero Waste Month in the Philippines. It was then promoted widely by NGOs and communities that had already adopted this approach to manage their waste.

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Stories of Truth and Success for International Zero Waste Month

In a time when disinformation is the  norm, it has  become a rare opportunity to find points of truth. Global crises, especially waste management problems, are undeniably evident almost everywhere. It continues to propagate in communities consequently affecting their environment, livelihood, and health. With the government bodies and large-scale corporations not taking action to address the problem, it becomes a vicious cycle with no clear end.  

This is why in continuing the observance of the International Zero Waste Month, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific is hosting the Zero Waste Film Fest available online and in cinemas this January. The festival screens full-length features and documentaries as well as short films from the wide network of the alliance: Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia, to mention a few. 

With the goal to properly educate the population with science-based and community-oriented facts, the stories examine the roots of the waste pollution and how community members are fighting for their lives to make changes. It also solidifies GAIA’s vision that Zero Waste is possible when communities and the government work together through a number of case studies from across the Asia Pacific region.

“We hope to make this more than just an eye opener but also a trigger for people to tap on their communities and knock on businesses and corporations so they can start making changes towards the Zero Waste vision. The answer is already there, we just have to utilize resources and help everyone know that there are alternatives to polluting systems.” Froilan Grate, GAIA Asia Pacific Coordinator said. The alliance believes that with an improved mindset and action towards waste management, there is great opportunity for greater problems to be solved such as that of climate challenges.

Stream the featured films of the virtual film fest via Zero Waste TV from January 9 to 31, 2023. Join in the fun of watching it on the big screen with like-minded game changers on January 27, 2022, 6 to 9:30 PM  at Trinoma Activity Center in Quezon City.

The International Zero Waste Month is made possible in partnership with the following media outlets: Advocates (Philippines), Bandung Bergerak (Indonesia), Business Ecology (China), The Business Post (Bangladesh), The Manila Times (Philippines), Pressenza (Global), Rappler (Philippines), Sunrise Today (Pakistan), The Recombobulator Lab (Global), and Republic Asia. 

Zero Waste Month celebrations originated in the Philippines in 2012 when youth leaders issued a Zero Waste Youth Manifesto calling for, among other things, the celebration of a Zero Waste Month. This was made official when Presidential Proclamation No. 760 was issued, declaring January as Zero Waste Month in the Philippines. It was then promoted widely by NGOs and communities that had already adopted this approach to manage their waste.

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GAIA is a network of grassroots groups as well as national and regional alliances representing more than 1000 organizations from 92 countries. For more information, visit www.no-burn.org and zwmonth.zerowaste.asia or follow GAIA Asia Pacific on social media: FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok

CONTACT

Sonia G. Astudillo, Senior Communications Officer, +63 9175969286, sonia@no-burn.org

Dan Abril, Communications Associate, dan@no-burn.org 

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Under the Microscope: GAIA Asia Pacific, Partners, Media Discuss Waste Colonialism

Exposing the truth behind the plastic crisis through a brand audit 

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific took a bold step forward in unveiling the truth behind the plastic pollution crisis through a waste assessment and brand audit (WABA)* and media briefing event on January 24, 2023 as part of International Zero Waste Month 2023. 

With participation from Ocean Conservancy, this event shed more light on the narrative impact of the GAIA network’s brand audits. Ocean Conservancy had published a report in 2015* that put blame on Asian countries as the main drivers of plastic pollution in the ocean and positioned incineration as a solution to the plastic crisis. They retracted the report in July 2022, recognizing the harm it caused.

“We, at the Global South, have carried the weight and responsibility of waste for too long while our reality and the community solutions we have developed are ignored,” said Froilan Grate, GAIA Asia Pacific Coordinator.  “This brand audit with GAIA, Mother Earth Foundation, Ecowaste Coalition, and Ocean Conservancy shows the commitment to work towards reducing waste, moving away from false solutions, acknowledging the work happening on the ground, and most important, restoring justice where it was previously overlooked.”    

Since Ocean Conservancy’s retraction of the report, the two organizations have been engaging in a restorative justice process to acknowledge and address the harm done by the report, and join forces to expose false solutions and drive accountability among plastics producers. 

“We cannot solve the plastic pollution crisis without reducing virgin plastic production, especially single-use plastics,” said Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s  Vice President of Ocean Plastics. “This has to be our first priority. We are grateful for the incredible work that GAIA has done to shed light on this issue, and hope to learn from their members. We look forward to working together by leveraging each of our organizations’ strengths to eliminate plastic pollution.”  

For years brand audit reports have shown that consumer brands based in the Global North have been overproducing single-use plastics and flooding Asian markets with disposable, throwaway packaging, at the expense of citizens and local governments who end up footing the bill and enduring the long-lasting environmental health effects associated with plastic pollution. 

Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator of the #breakfreefromplastic movement said, “For years, the public has been conditioned to believe that the problem of plastic pollution, now manifesting in the unprecedented, pernicious, and wide-ranging contamination of all life on the planet, was caused by their undisciplined ways and the failure of governments to institute and implement proper waste management systems. Our brand audits have now exposed the real causes of this crisis – and it is mainly due to the irresponsible and predatory practice by corporations of saturating our societies with single-use plastics of all kinds with no consideration about how they can be managed in an environmentally safe and benign manner.” 

“In addition,  Ecowaste Coalition campaigner Coleen Salamat said that, “The real issue is the export of waste and waste-to-energy (WtE) incineration technologies to developing countries,” In the Philippines and in the rest of Asia, “We are faced with truckloads of waste that we have no means of handling. From products packed in sachets to WtE incineration projects, and waste colonialism* has sadly become a norm.” 

“It is never too late to turn things around. Communities around the world are discovering the power of Zero Waste solutions. Through the restorative justice process, we will continue to expose the truth of the waste crisis and it will be more than just a wake-up call to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) and purveyors of false narratives, but cold water splashed over their faces,” said Grate. “The Zero Waste solutions that we have and been doing all these years will be enough for our lawmakers to rethink their policies to turn the tide against waste and the climate crisis.” 

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* Waste Assessment and Brand Audit (WABA) is a methodical process of collecting and analyzing waste to determine the amount and types of waste generated by households and cities and identity which brands are responsible for producing certain percentages of the collected waste. Plastics Exposed details how waste assessments and brand audits help Philippine cities tackle plastic waste. 

* In 2015, the  US-based non-profit Ocean Conservancy published the report, Stemming the Tide. This has since been retracted by Ocean Conservancy.  

* Waste colonialization is the practice of exporting waste, from the higher-income countries to lower-income countries who are ill-equipped to handle this waste which places the burden of plastic and toxic waste on the environment, communities, and these countries’ informal waste sector, especially in the Global South.   

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Job Announcement: Human Resources Manager

Asian Pacific Environmental Network - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 11:34
The Organization

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) was founded in 1993 with the belief that all of us have the right to a clean and healthy environment, in which we can live, work, learn, play and thrive. APEN amplifies the voice of low-income community members, setting the agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. By building an organized movement, we are bringing fundamental changes to economic and social institutions to make them prioritize public good over profits and honor the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people.  

 

Position Summary

The primary goals of the Human Resources Manager are to advance and strengthen APEN’s positive working environment and our organizational culture by building and supporting infrastructure that values growth and thriving for our team and community members.   The HR Manager will successfully manage value-aligned personnel policies and practices; maintain strong payroll, benefits, and timekeeping administration; ensure compliance with state, IRS, and 501c(3) regulations; and manage recruitment and retention of staff, working with external consultants as needed. The HR Manager is a part of the Operations team and is supervised by the Operations Director. 

Applicants must be committed to APEN’s mission and values. We are looking for a creative problem solver, with a keen attention to detail while being able to forecast, have strong project management skills and work well with others. A track record of social justice and/or community work is preferred.

 

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

 

Personnel: 40%

  • Staff Retention: advance opportunities for our team to grow and thrive, including identifying resources for professional development, creating clear pathways for advancement of roles, and supporting our organizational culture. 
  • Consultants: manage consultant processes (contract development with consultants, maintain consistent proper classification)
  • Reporting: Process IRS and EDD reporting (W-2 form, unemployment verifications, tax registration, worker’s comp, provide employee/salary verification requested by outside parties)
  • Provide strategic guidance to organization on emerging, new policies in human resources (annual employment law updates, risk management)
  • Work with Operations Director to train supervisors and staff on personnel policies and best practices to achieve consistency across the organization
  • Manage Personnel Issues: Provide support for staff in handling personnel grievances & procedures; field questions to legal support and HR consultant as needed
  • Manage various staff leaves (medical, unpaid, parental, etc) and ensure compliance with new state laws, personnel policies. Follow up with verification from state entities as needed
  • Personnel Policies: Work with with Operations Director to develop, implement and revise HR and operational policies and guidelines for the organization that are consistent and values-aligned (including hiring practices, performance evaluations, maintain personnel files)
  • Research emerging compensation and benefits trends

 

Recruitment and Selection: 10%

  • Standardize hiring and onboarding/offboarding processes, including posting job announcements, creating emails for hiring cmte to receive, review and categorize applicant pool, trainings for hiring managers. Work with the Operations team as needed.
  • Lead new hire paperwork processes
  • Lead personnel orientation for new staff members
  • Support integration of performance management system with Operations Director

 

Finance and Benefits Administration: 40%

Payroll and Timekeeping:

  • Administer payroll changes and create staff memos (salary/time adjustments, deductions, etc) including special withholding info (garnishments, 401k, etc)
  • Process payroll with payroll vendor per payroll schedule; update payroll with employee contributions to 401k accounts to appropriate vendors
  • Liaison to payroll company to address any questions, adjustments to staff payroll
  • Work closely with Operations team to manage the organization’s financial systems and reporting as needed
  • Understand lobbying rules and regulations to maintain APEN’s legal compliance with lobbying timekeeping
  • Create annual payroll calendar for staff
  • Maintain secure payroll company and staff adjustments files
  • Collect timesheets and track vacation/sick time balance; maintain time codes for earned revenue contracts; submit reports to bookkeeper 

Benefits Administration:

  • Manage medical, dental, vision insurance services; work with insurance broker and appropriate vendors to administer staff benefits updates as needed
  • Work with Operations Director for annual 401k renewals and benefits open enrollment
  • Maintain new FSA/HRA plan with third party administrator; process paperwork and reports as needed

 

General Operations & Program Support: 10%

  • Fundraising: engage in fundraising activities as needed, including foundation site visits and major donor solicitations 
  • General Support: support various areas of work within organization as needed and identified

 

Qualifications
  • Commitment to working with immigrant and refugee communities of color.
  • 2 or more years experience in an operations role – preferably in a social justice organization. 
  • A background and skills in supervising staff or volunteers and managing consultants.
  • Experience with human resources and/or personnel recruitment and retention
  • People-oriented and strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to connect with people as individuals and in large groups
  • Commitment to a culture of feedback; comfortable giving/receiving feedback
  • Excellent project management
  • Self-starter and self-directed while committed to organizational infrastructure building
  • Ability to manage details, meet deadlines and produce high-quality materials.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to communicate complex information effectively
  • Strong decision-making skills and good judgment 
  • Creative resourcefulness; ability to weigh risk and liabilities while staying nimble to organization values
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information

 

Preferred Experience
  • Human resources certification (SHRM, HRCI, or equivalent)

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary range starting $70,000-$90,000. APEN also offers a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental and vision (domestic partner coverage available); vacation and sick time; and an opportunity to qualify for a sabbatical. APEN is a family-friendly employer. 

 

Accessibility and Working Conditions

This position will require applicants to work on a computer daily for long periods of time, and collaborate with staff through Zoom, email, and other digital platforms.  APEN will provide a computer and other equipment needed to fulfill basic job responsibilities.

This position is expected to be an in-person and remote hybrid. In addition, this position will also follow APEN’s COVID safety policies and protocols regarding in-person work. Masks are required to be worn in APEN offices and indoor events, with the exception of eating and drinking. All employees also are required to be vaccinated as part of our safety policy or be subject to weekly testing.

APEN will continue to closely monitor local and state health officials guidance around COVID and any additional guidelines around safety for people to return to offices and gather in-person as needed.

This position may occasionally require work during irregular hours including on nights or weekends, and will require some travel between our APEN offices. 

This position will not require applicants to carry or move heavy equipment or regularly ascend or descend a ladder.  This position will not require working in hazardous or unusual conditions such as outdoors in inclement weather.  

 

Application Process

Applications are due electronically (please use subject line “HR Manager”) to Chiravann Uch at hiring@apen4ej.org. Applications received before February 9th will be prioritized. 

The email must include: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications
  • Three references

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, queer, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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GAIA Asia Pacific gathers environmental news reporter via the Zero Waste Journalists Network

An alliance of voices from the frontlines and for the environment

Super Typhoons. Flash Floods. Forest Fires. Drought. While the challenges of climate change are global, the impacts and the solutions are often highly local. Communities therefore, need trusted information to mitigate environmental impacts and find new ways to adapt. This is where the role of environment-centric civic journalism comes in. With these in mind, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific Media Fellowship was launched in 2019 in the Philippines and Malaysia which was designed to maximize the participation of journalists from various media organizations and academic institutions to learn about environmental issues affecting the region. Fellows from different media outlets were provided the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of core issues such as Zero Waste (ZW), plastic pollution, and waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration. From this initiative, the Zero Waste Journalist Network was formed.

The Zero Waste Journalist Network aims to improve media coverage on Zero Waste, and therefore increase public engagement in the issue with focus on developing countries, especially in critically affected regions. Digital and on-line discussions and exchanges between network members will be regularly done, continuously building capacities by informing colleagues through collaborative learning. This access enables a stream of news stories with relevant scientific and policy information to reach audiences across the global South. Taking a networked approach, it aims to become more sustainable by creating networks of climate change journalists who work in a leadership role with their local colleagues and community audiences. 

The Zero Waste Journalist Network was formally launched on January 19, 2023 as part of the observance of the International Zero Waste Month.

Among the journalists are Gerry Lirio (Philippines – Southeast Asia), who after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) realized the importance of environmental reporting, especially climate reporting from small island nations, and advocated the creation of a “green” desk for media outlets in the Philippines; Ben Bilua (Solomon Islands – Pacific) who sees the importance of climate reporting especially for island nations like his; and Abhishek Kumar (India – South Asia), who stressed on the importance of highlighting Zero Waste (ZW) work in Asia Pacific and showing the global north that we have solutions here.

Other founding members include: Shiburaj AK (India), Mehedi Al Amin (Bangladesh), Laraib Athar (Pakistan), Parvez Babul (Bangladesh), Ben Bilua (Solomon  Island), Marit Cabugon (Philippines), Ranjit Devraj (India), Rupa Gahatraj (Nepal), Melvin Gascon (Philippines), Shatakshi Gawalde (India), Sabir Hussain (Pakistan), Bui Thanh Huyen (Vietnam), Paramie Jayakody (Sri Lanka), Abishek Kumar (India), Gerry Lirio (Philippines), Cao Ly Ly (Vietnam), Adi Marsiela (Indonesia), Ian Mcintyre (Malaysia), Ted Ong (Philippines), Bhumi Kala Poudel (Nepal), Purple Romero (Philippines), Ashraful Alam Shuvro (Bangladesh), Ananta Prakash Subedi (Nepal), Ramadhan Wibisono (Indonesia), Shailendra Yashwant (India), Wisal Yousafzai (Pakistan), and Xibei Zhang (China).

This historic launch of the Zero Waste Journalists Network will give voice to Zero Waste and climate discussions as seen from the lens of journalists. 

The International Zero Waste Month is made possible in partnership with the following media outlets: Advocates (Philippines), Bandung Bergerak (Indonesia), Business Ecology (China), The Business Post (Bangladesh), The Manila Times (Philippines), Pressenza (Global), Rappler (Philippines), Sunrise Today (Pakistan), The Recombobulator Lab (Global), and Republic Asia. 

Zero Waste Month celebrations originated in the Philippines in 2012 when youth leaders issued a Zero Waste Youth Manifesto calling for, among other things, the celebration of a Zero Waste Month. This was made official when Presidential Proclamation No. 760 was issued, declaring January as Zero Waste Month in the Philippines. It was then promoted widely by NGOs and communities that had already adopted this approach to manage their waste.

GAIA is a network of grassroots groups as well as national and regional alliances representing more than 1000 organizations from 92 countries.

For more information, visit www.no-burn.org and zwmonth.zerowaste.asia or follow GAIA Asia Pacific on social media: FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok

CONTACT

Sonia G. Astudillo, Senior Communications Officer, +63 9175969286, sonia@no-burn.org

Dan Abril, Communications Associate, dan@no-burn.org 

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Climate Justice Dialogue Series

Climate Justice Alliance - Tue, 01/17/2023 - 06:46

In 2022, we invited Climate Philantrophy to join us in a Climate Justice Crash Course — a learning and action journey centered on Climate Justice, to go deep on understanding the frontline-developed frameworks and principles behind Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and Just Transition – for the sake of communities, the planet, and the effectiveness of grant and investment dollars.

Part 1

Intro to Just Transition: Community-centered, Community-led Climate Solutions — History & landscape of Environmental Justice and Climate Justice movements + Just Transition 101.

Part 2

Organizing New Economies on the Ground — Just Transition in frontline communities, community-controlled capital infrastructure + Reinvest in Our Power campaign.

Part 3

Just Transition & Climate Action Strategy — Climate Justice in climate policy + People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy.

Watch the recording of this session in English and Spanish.

Watch the recording in English and Spanish.

Watch the recording in English.

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Environmental Justice Movement Defeats Manchin’s Dirty Deal

Climate Justice Alliance - Thu, 01/12/2023 - 14:13

Early in 2022, Democratic leadership and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia struck a dirty energy side deal to ensure passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The deal served as a quid pro quo to secure Machin’s vote for the IRA, and in return he would gain support for his dirty “permitting reform” legislation, which was little more than a handout to the fossil fuel industry and would have thrown frontline communities under the bus, again.

Three times in a row, spanning from mid-summer until December 2022, the tireless organizing of frontline communities; strategic campaigns waged by the environmental justice movement and allies; and round the clock work with reasonable legislators, ensured that we beat back Manchin’s dirty deal. If passed, this legislation would have stripped away communities rights and the foundational protections afforded all communities under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and other bedrock protections like the Clean Water Act that ensure a pathway for community input and recourse against toxic and polluting industries.

“Those who we have elected to office must understand how hard we had to fight for this victory, we are literally fighting for our lives. I look forward now to spending time building and creating real community solutions to the climate crisis that are grounded in environmental justice rather than fighting against bad policies, which we will continue to do. We must always continue ensuring Manchin’s fossil fuel handout is dead for good.”
– Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Deputy Director of Advocacy and Organizing at Ironbound Community Corporation and CJA board member.

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COP27 – UN Climate Change Conference Egypt

Climate Justice Alliance - Thu, 01/12/2023 - 13:43

We were on the ground in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt as part of a 60 member It Takes Roots Frontline delegation made up of Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Climate Action, Just Transition Alliance and The Black Hive at Movement for Black Lives. We also worked collaboratively with other organizations such as La Via Campesina and the World March of Women.

We’ve had the privilege to witness frontline communities and members of our alliance demonstrate brilliance every day here in Egypt from members like Valencia Gunder with The Smile Trust, to Moneka de Oro with Micronesia Climate Change Alliance and others, who have gone the distance, bringing the same power they hold at home with their communities to this global platform.

Over the course of two weeks, we met with policy makers and US members of Congress, engaged in dozens of panels like Global Grassroots Feminist Frameworks for Climate Justice and Frontline Solutions to the Climate Crises, along with demonstrations including No More Stolen Relatives on Stolen Land, Action in solidarity with Egypt’s political prisoners and more!

Click here to read the statement of It Takes Roots on the conclusion of COP27.

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Prepared to Govern, Prepared to Win – Our Power Communities Summit 2022

Climate Justice Alliance - Thu, 01/12/2023 - 13:35


In October 2022, the Southwest Workers Union, hosted the Our Power Communities Summit in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose of the summit was to re-ground in the Our Power Communities political leadership in CJA, sharpen our political analysis around false solutions, and develop our strategy for regional and collective action.

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Job Announcement: Los Angeles Community Organizer

Asian Pacific Environmental Network - Wed, 01/11/2023 - 09:12
The Organization

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is an environmental justice organization with deep roots in California’s Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Since 1993, APEN has built a membership base of Laotian refugees in Richmond and Chinese immigrants in Oakland. Together, we have fought and won campaigns to make our communities healthier and just places where all people have the resources we need to live full, dignified lives. We are growing our local roots and building power to make decisions at the state level that have real local impact. By building an organized movement, we’re leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies that benefit everyone.

 

Position Summary

The Community Organizer position is a part of APEN’s Los Angeles organizing project, working towards APEN’s vision of building healthy, fair and just neighborhoods. The Community Organizer plays a crucial role in organizing low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities, developing their leadership to engage in advocacy, campaign, and electoral actions, and providing interpretation and translation to make these processes accessible to members. The position reports to the LA Lead Organizer and works with other organizers across APEN’s Oakland and Richmond organizing teams to integrate bold and authentic Asian immigrant and refugee leadership throughout the organization.

The Los Angeles Organizing work will focus on basebuilding in the South Bay, member outreach and development and campaign development as a key part of our Just Transitions efforts. Key Strategies we engage in are educating communities on the Just Transitions model, supporting policies and projects that support equitable development in our communities, leadership development, outreach and organizing towards a just and healthy vision for our communities. Job may require some evening and weekend activities.

 

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

Basebuilding: Outreach, Transformational Organizing, Leadership Sustaining & Development

  • Contribute to setting organizing goals and plans for recruitment 
  • Conduct outreach and various activities to gain new members and new constituencies 
  • Ensure member participation in various leadership development and campaign activities that engages members in the Environmental Justice movement
  • Contribute to developing organizing systems and methods 
  • Interpret and translate activities and materials or support interpreters/translators to do so
  • Coordinate & implement logistics for various activities, including providing transportation, arranging childcare, etc. 
  • Data Management: Document & track the participation of members 
  • Supporting general community members and APEN members in accessing necessary resources as is within the scope of APEN’s work 
  • Support members to improve needed skills (e.g. public speaking, grassroots fundraising, critical thinking & analysis, campaign strategy, electoral phone-banking) 
  • Work with members to deepen political consciousness (e.g. critical analysis of political context; understanding of the importance of transformative organizing; shared commitment to vision; exposure to different social justice issues)
  • Contribute to culturally relevant and accessible curriculum and messaging towards leadership development
  • Support leaders in developing strong communications and spokespersoning skills 
  • Work with leaders to develop narratives and create media pieces

 

Project Development and Management

  • Conduct research on demographics and community resources
  • Leverage relationships with existing resources and models
  • Engage our members in furthering Just Transition strategies
  • Support projects that create local economic alternatives to advance Just Transition*

 

Campaign & Alliance Building

  • Support local policy and electoral campaigns, including political strategy development and alliance building
  • Support on research and analysis of policy/legislative changes as needed
  • Work with members to identify progressive campaign demands
  • Support planning and implementing campaign goals and activities 
  • Support members to lead campaign strategy and implementation 
  • Build relationships, alliances and coalitions to win campaigns, integrating those relationship with APEN’s membership
  • Share, learn and exchange with other social justice allies

 

Organizational Development

  • Strategy and Planning: Contribute to overall organizational coordination and planning processes, including strategic planning, yearly workplan and budgeting, annual board + staff meeting, bi-weekly staff meetings and component meetings
  • Organizational Culture: Contribute to the APEN culture of team-building, emotional intelligence, feminisms, and leadership development
  • Fund Development: Engage in grassroots and/or foundation fundraising as needed
  • Communications: Act as a spokesperson and engage with communications narrative framework as needed
  • Cross Component Support: Support various areas of organizational work, events, or campaigns as identified and participate in organizational committees and teams as needed
  • Supervision: Manage volunteers, fellows, and interns as needed

 

Qualifications
  • Commitment to the mission and principles of APEN and social justice; and shares the commitment of indigenous peoples and the broader environmental justice movement to work toward a Just Transition, defined as shifting from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy that provides well being for all.
  • Clear communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Self-motivated, responsible, proactive, and disciplined
  • Team-oriented, with a commitment to principled struggle
  • Outreach and recruitment; skills and confidence in talking to strangers about different issues
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Willing to travel

 

Preferred Experience
  • 3+ years experience working within Social/Environmental Justice movement and/or social service sector
  • Comfortable using social media platforms for community engagement
  • Familiarity with the Los Angeles region, specifically the South Bay (Carson, San Pedro and Wilmington)
  • Facilitation in small to large groups (5 -100 people)
  • Working with Asian immigrant and refugee communities, especially elders
  • Supporting community members in building up their confidence to participate in public processes
  • Fluency in Tagalog, Korean or other Asian dialects is strongly preferred. 
  • Experience working with interpretation and translation
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car with valid insurance is required within 1 year of employment

 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary starting at $63,000 commensurate with experience. APEN offers a benefits package that includes the following:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage for employee and spouse/dependents
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
  • Dependent Care and Health Care Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
  • Vacation and sick time
  • Paid holidays
  • Fully paid 2 week winter holiday
  • 401k with 5% employer match
  • Professional development
  • Commuter benefits
  • Sabbatical opportunity 
  • APEN is also a family-friendly employer

 

Accessibility and Working Conditions

This position will require applicants to work on a computer daily for long periods of time, and collaborate with colleagues and coalition partners through Zoom, email, and other digital platforms. APEN will provide a computer and other equipment needed to fulfill basic job responsibilities.

This position will be hybrid requiring 2-3 days of in-person work. In addition, this position will also follow APEN’s COVID safety policies and protocols regarding in-person work. Masks are required to be worn in APEN offices and indoor events, with the exception of eating and drinking. All employees also are required to be vaccinated as part of our safety policy. 

APEN will continue to closely monitor local and state health officials guidance around COVID and any additional guidelines around safety for people to return to offices and gather in-person as needed. 

This position may require work during irregular hours including on nights or weekends, and will require travel within California.  

This position will not require applicants to carry or move heavy equipment, regularly ascend or descend a ladder, or stand or sit for long periods of time. This position will not require working in hazardous or unusual conditions such as outdoors in inclement weather.  

 

Application Process

This position was posted in January 2023 and will be open until filled. Applications received before January 25th will be prioritized. Applications are due electronically. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please email with subject line “LA Community Organizer” to hiring@apen4ej.org. The email must include three enclosures:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter describing interest in the Los Angeles Community Organizer position and qualifications
  3. Three references, including at least one previous supervisor.

APEN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, individuals with disabilities, people of color, queer, and gender non-conforming people strongly encouraged to apply.

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Media Statement on Governor’s Budget

Public Advocates - Tue, 01/10/2023 - 16:49

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2023
Contact: Sumeet Bal, Director of Communications, sbal@publicadvocates.org, 917.647.1952

Media Statement from Public Advocates President and CEO Guillermo Mayer

“What’s my reaction to the governor’s proposed budget? It’s a mixed bag. On the one hand, it is unprecedented to have such a large budget deficit and not see deep cuts to social services and education like we experienced in prior decades. This is key when so many Californians are hurting. I also commend Governor Newsom for continuing to prioritize advancing equity in our education system. On the other hand, the housing crisis is enormous and requires much bolder state intervention.

While the governor’s proposed $1 billion investment to address homelessness and his emphasis on accountability for local housing decisions are steps in the right direction, greater state assistance is desperately needed to provide relief to both unhoused people and rent-burdened households at risk of homelessness. Many of our transit systems are also running out of operating funds and will be forced to slash service when vulnerable residents need it most unless the state provides assistance. We look forward to partnering with the governor and our legislative leaders on advancing more comprehensive solutions in the final budget.”

Media Statement on Governor’s Budget for K-12 and Higher Ed

San Francisco—Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his proposed $297 billion state budget for this year amidst a challenging $22.5 billion deficit. After a few years of disrupted learning that has most negatively impacted high-need students and students of color, it is important that the governor proposes to maintain the State’s commitment to education equity.Despite the economic decline, Public Advocates is pleased that the governor proposes no cuts in the budget to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) or school transformation efforts and that, overall, LCFF is proposed to receive a $4.2 billion increase. “We applaud the governor for protecting investments to establish and expand racially just and relationship-centered community schools, create a diverse and well-prepared educator workforce, expand learning opportunities and recovery, and support youth behavioral health,” said Erin Apte, Senior Legislative Counsel.  We are pleased to see the governor’s proposal establish an ongoing $300 million “LCFF Equity Multiplier” for schools with the most concentrated poverty, which is intended to increase support for students who have been historically marginalized by our education system, especially Black and Brown students. We understand these funds would go to school districts and counties to spend on school sites with 90% or more student populations eligible for “free meals” (85% for high schools) to improve outcomes for low-performing student groups (red or orange on the CA School Dashboard), and attract and retain more fully prepared teachers. “This is an important investment that would double-down on improving opportunities and closing gaps at our state’s lowest-income schools. We’re particularly pleased to see the funds focus on improving teacher quality at the neediest school sites,” said John Affeldt, Managing Attorney and Director of Education Equity at Public Advocates. We also applaud the Governor’s proposal to update the State’s public school accountability system. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Local Control Funding Formula and the new multiple measures/continuous improvement accountability system alongside it. “Ten years in, the accountability system is due for an update to better ensure resources are allocated based on student needs and services are effective in closing opportunity and outcome gaps,” Affeldt said. “In seeking to be more intentional about closing equity gaps at the school level for Black and Brown students and Multilingual Learners, the Administration is starting the right conversation. We look forward to working with the Administration and the Legislature to fulfill the equity promises of LCFF.”Higher Education During a year with a large deficit, we are pleased that the governor continued his commitment to the multi-year compacts with UC and CSU, and the multi-year roadmap with the California Community Colleges. This commitment is necessary to ensure we move toward the 70% attainment goal set by these agreements. California Community Colleges “Retention of community college students continues to trouble the segment,” said Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, Director of Higher Education. “This budget includes an additional $200 million to address retention and recruitment. We urge the Administration and the Community Colleges to partner with student-led and community organizations to climb out of the 16% enrollment drop and begin to see gains in matriculation, persistence and completion.”  We also look forward to working with the Administration and the Community Colleges to ensure that any proposed “ flexibility” in reporting requirements–should a college district make progress towards the roadmap goals–is balanced with transparency and accountability metrics to ensure equitable outcomes for students .  Student Housing Housing is one of the major costs of attending college and can serve as a significant barrier to completion. With 1 out of 5 community college students reporting housing insecurity, timely investment in student housing is more critical than ever. “Despite proposed delays in funding, we are pleased that the Governor is maintaining his commitment toward building affordable student housing for California’s neediest students,” said Viveros-Walton. Despite the delay of $250 million in this year’s commitment towards the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program (HESHGP), we are thankful that the project will see $500 million in funding this year.The additional funding delays in the California Affordable Student Housing Revolving Loan Program, while not optimal, do provide an opportunity for students, segments leaders and community stakeholders to ensure that housing projects funded through this program will in fact be affordable for students who need it the most. We will be working with student stakeholders in the coming months to create a better definition of “affordability” that effectively identifies and benefits low-income students who need housing near their campus.

Media Statement on Governor’s Housing and Transit Budget

San Francisco—Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $297 bIllion state budget fails to include critical investments in housing and public transportation which are vital to Californians on the verge of displacement and homelessness, and foundational to the state’s economy and climate goals. Despite projections of a $25 billion budget deficit, the state has enormous resources at its disposal to invest in addressing immediate crises and securing our future. Invest in Renters“Our neighbors—workers, seniors, and children—are fighting against the skyrocketing cost of housing. As a result, our state’s population is shrinking while the number of those experiencing homelessness explodes,” said Managing Attorney Sam Tepperman-Gelfant. “We are disappointed that the governor’s housing budget does not address the growing displacement crisis or provide sufficient investments that address the problems our struggling neighbors need. California’s ongoing economic vitality—and moral responsibility—require the state making sure that everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.” The COVID pandemic laid bare the enduring systemic failures in our housing system, public services, and social safety net. Nearly half of Californians are renters, and millions of renters have been prevented from access to affordable homes both before, during, and after the height of COVID. Landlords have been raising rents through the roof in the past year–one of the primary drivers of inflation. While Governor Newsom did invest an enormous $1 billion dollars to address homelessness, and has increased local accountability, our current situation calls for bolder initiatives. Our leadership must take more meaningful steps to address the needs of renters and keep more families from being forced into homelessness—pulling back on housing investments and tenant protections now would be catastrophic. We cannot “streamline” our way out of this affordable housing crisis—the state must make the investments and policy changes that will directly help struggling Californians today.  Public Transit on a Fiscal CliffPublic transit has always been essential to those who depend on it to get to work, school and the doctor’s office—and increasing public transit service and usage is the cornerstone of the state’s response to climate change. Even at the height of COVID, essential workers relied on transit to get to frontline jobs. Making sure that our public transit system fully recovers and grows is essential to the state’s long-term economic vitality. Yet today, just as more workers, students, and seniors are returning to public transit, federal emergency operating funds are running out. State leaders must allocate transit operating funding to ensure this critical public service that supports Californians and climate justice does not disappear. Without this important state investment, local agencies will slash critical bus and transit service. “Our public transit service is failing to meet the needs of poor and working class residents and failing to reduce carbon emissions,” said Richard Marcantonio, Managing Attorney. “Increased funding for transit operations is central to achieving our climate, equity and economic goals.”We Call on the Governor to:

  • Fully fund the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Tens of thousands of qualified families across the state are still waiting for promised financial assistance to cover rent accrued as a result of the pandemic.

  • Fully fund the Community Anti-displacement and Preservation Program (CAPP). The root cause of unaffordable rents is real estate speculation and profiteering—the only solution is shielding our homes from the speculative market. The Community Anti-displacement and Preservation Program (CAPP) would provide $500 million to purchase existing housing and preserve it as permanently-affordable housing California needs to end the crisis of ever-rising rents and homelessness.

  • Fund the operating needs of public transportation agencies as they run out of federal COVID operating funds.

We’re ready to partner with the governor to ensure that the state makes the investments in our housing and transportation systems that California needs for immediate stability and long term prosperity. In this challenging economic moment, we urge the governor to remain firm and committed to a California for all in his post-pandemic vision for our state.

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Affected communities ask the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to divest from Davao’s Waste-to-Energy (WtE) facility

On January 9, 2023, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific together with Ecowaste Coalition and the Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) – Davao and in partnership with Ecoteneo, Masipag Mindanao, Panalipdan Youth-Davao, and Saligan-Mindanaw stood together with affected farmers, residents, and concerned members of the community as they opposed the pending construction of a waste-to-energy (WtE) incinerator in Davao City.

In August last year, the City Council of Davao unanimously approved a WtE facility funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) despite a national ban on incineration as provided for by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the Clean Air Act. Proposed to be constructed on ten hectares in Barangay Biao Escuela in Tugbok District, the facility will stand close to the barangay’s school, agricultural lands, and a few hundred meters away from the relocation site of the affected communities.

During a people’s forum held in January 9, the organizations have spoken out against the city government’s plan for a WtE incinerator, stating that the facility will only impact people’s health and Davao’s rich biodiversity, particularly its already fragile watersheds. 

According to Gary Villocino of Masipag, a network of farmers in Davao, “The construction of this facility will not only be dangerous to people’s health but will also destroy valuable agricultural land. Land that could be used to cultivate resources for the community.”

Mark Peñalver of IDIS-Davao adds, “When it comes to WtE incineration, the bottom line is this: not only is it a dangerous way to produce energy, it’s also incredibly harmful to the environment.  What’s more, incineration is not a renewable or sustainable energy source. In fact, it actually produces more greenhouse gasses than coal. So not only is incineration a bad choice for the environment, but it’s also not a wise choice from a climate perspective.”  

Randy Catubag Irog of the Mintal Resource Collectors Association (MiRCA) in Barangay Mintal, despite fearing repercussions for disagreeing with the project, stated his disapproval and highlighted that there are more sustainable approaches that are helpful to the community and the environment. “We collect recyclables and sell them for profit and WtE will only teach future generations to be lazy as it undermines recycling efforts if waste can be simply burned away.”    

Communities cited that the City’s waste composition is 50 percent organic waste which cannot be burned in the proposed type of WtE technology. Advocates point out that the WtE project is also not a financially viable project for JICA, the city government and the private sector. 

Peter Damary of the start-up enterprise, Limadol, shared that Davao needs to focus on segregation at source.  “Davao’s case, around 50  percent of waste is composed of food waste. If removed from the waste stream through composting, it eases the burden on landfills and leaves other waste available for recycling. Further, the environmental value composting  contributes to methane reduction can not be ignored.”

Citing the efforts of other barangays in the country, GAIA Asia Pacific’s Zero Waste Coordinator in the Philippines, Archie Abellar shares that individuals and communities in Davao are similarly gradually adapting Zero Waste strategies to combat waste. From composting to opting for refills instead of single-use plastics or sachets, there is a conscious effort from the grassroots to veer away from practices that harm the planet.

He concludes, “WtE incineration is a band-aid solution and will only make matters worse in the long run. JICA has not examined existing options on waste management in the City and have promoted an expensive and harmful technology. We call on JICA and the local government to support zero waste systems as they offer  inclusive, effective and sustainable approach to the City’s waste problem .”

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The International Zero Waste Month is made possible in partnership with the following media outlets: Advocates (Philippines), Bandung Bergerak (Indonesia), Business Ecology (China), The Business Post (Bangladesh), The Manila Times (Philippines), Pressenza (Global), Rappler (Philippines), Sunrise Today (Pakistan), The Recombobulator Lab (Global), and Republic Asia. 

Zero Waste Month celebrations originated in the Philippines in 2012 when youth leaders issued a Zero Waste Youth Manifesto calling for, among other things, the celebration of a Zero Waste Month. This was made official when Presidential Proclamation No. 760 was issued, declaring January as Zero Waste Month in the Philippines. It was then promoted widely by NGOs and communities that had already adopted this approach to manage their waste.

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GAIA is a network of grassroots groups as well as national and regional alliances representing more than 1000 organizations from 92 countries.

For more information, visit www.no-burn.org or follow GAIA Asia Pacific on social media: Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.

CONTACT

Dan Abril I Communications Associate I Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) – Pacific I dan@no-burn.org I +63917 419 4426

Archie Abellar I Zero Waste Philippine Coordinator I Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) – Pacific I archie@no-burn.org I +63908 770 0681

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It’s time to Refuse Single-Use Plastics

Environmentalists worldwide are stepping up their efforts to call businesses and global leaders to phase out single-use plastic (SUP) to address plastic pollution and the climate crises.  Onsite and online actions are organized in key cities around the world on January 6 to mount the Refuse Single Use Day. 

Led by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Zero Waste youth, and their allies expressed their demand to eliminate the production of SUPs. Around 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, yet less than 10 percent are recycled. Continued plastic production and consumption heats up global climate temperatures, depletes our resources, intoxicates the environment and creates public health issues, feeds incinerators, and chokes landfills and oceans. The most problematic form of plastic is SUP  meant for one-time use such as cups, cutleries, bottle drinks, plastic stirrers and plastic bags. 

Refuse Single Use Day is the opening of International Zero Waste Month (IZWM) as GAIA together with its members and allies,  doubled down on their commitment to creating a global movement that puts an end to waste pollution. The IZWM is a historic moment for the movement, built on its decades-long campaign to design and manage products and to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste materials.

Back in 2014, then Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III designated the month of January of every year as National Zero Waste Month through Presidential Proclamation No. 760. The observance also coincides with the signing anniversary of the Philippine Republic Act 9003 known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”. Both efforts were envisioned to address waste pollution.

Fast forward to 2020, GAIA Asia Pacific led the Zero Waste Month celebration in the region culminating in a global celebration this 2023.

Kicking the month-long celebration of Zero Waste wins, the 1st ever Refuse Single-Use Day is envisioned to galvanize leaders to declare a phase-out of SUPs and craft an ambitious Global Plastics Treaty. Refuse Single-Use Day is designed to coincide with the IZWM to underscore the importance of paving the path towards a Zero Waste future. 

With the theme Zero Waste to Zero Emissions, this month-long celebration hopes to highlight the connection between waste and climate, and highlight proven Zero Waste solutions as powerful climate action. Implementing Zero Waste strategies can reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions from waste of up to an average of 84%.

This Refuse Single-Use Day, GAIA Asia Pacific is posing the challenge not only to individuals but also to communities, organizations, and institutions to take the pledge and take action for the environment. It’s time to refuse and say no to single-use cups, cutlery, plastic bags, and more.  Share your stories on our Facebook page. https://web.facebook.com/refusesingleuseday 

The International Zero Waste Month is made possible in partnership with the following media outlets: Advocates (Philippines), Bandung Bergerak (Indonesia), Business Ecology (China), The Business Post (Bangladesh), The Manila Times (Philippines), Pressenza (Global), Rappler (Philippines), Sunrise Today (Pakistan), The Recombobulator Lab (Global), and Republic Asia. 

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GAIA is a network of grassroots groups as well as national and regional alliances representing more than 1000 organizations from 92 countries. For more information, visit www.no-burn.org or follow GAIA Asia Pacific on social media: FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok

CONTACT

Sonia G. Astudillo, Senior Communications Officer, +63 9175969286, sonia@no-burn.org

Dan Abril, Communications Associate, dan@no-burn.org 

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CCC Job Announcement :: Senior Researcher

Coalition of Communities of Color - Tue, 01/03/2023 - 13:41
Job Announcement :: Senior Researcher

Applications due Monday, January 23

Position Overview

The Coalition of Communities of Color’s Research Justice Institute is hiring a new Senior Researcher to lead the Institute’s equity research projects. As a Senior Researcher, you will help address research and data inequalities within our current systems by collaborating with and advising dominant institutions like government, universities, for-profit businesses, some nonprofit organizations, and more so that they better understand, engage, and center communities of color. Examples of this work include research and data collection strategies, evaluations, community engagement, and frameworks for using data for decision making that support policy change in areas like housing, education, and health. You will also collaborate with other research staff on projects with communities of color and organizations that support them, using community-led and -driven research and data practices. As a critical part of a small but growing team, you will work to achieve near and long-term strategic objectives, build new relationships and strengthen existing ones, and contribute to a unique cross-cultural coalition working toward racial justice. 

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in applied research, both qualitative and quantitative, with an equity focus. For detailed information on this role and our approach to research and data equity, download the full job description here.

About Our OrganizatioN

The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of culturally-specific organizations that supports a collective racial justice effort to improve outcomes for communities of color through policy analysis and advocacy, environmental justice, data and research in communities of color.  

Our Research Justice Institute (RJI) conducts research and data equity and justice work across the region and advocates for the need for more reliable, holistic, actionable, and community-centered data. We work to both advance equity to guide dominant institutions toward fairer systems, and to promote justice via community-led research. We believe that both areas of work are essential to achieving CCC’s vision of racial justice in Oregon. 

Responsibilities

Research and Data Equity Consulting (60%)

As Senior Researcher, you will lead collaborations and partnerships with dominant institutions on research and data equity projects by:

  • Consulting and advising dominant institution stakeholders on research and data equity practices, frameworks, and methodologies

  • Working with community-based partners to engage community members

  • Providing technical assistance and trainings to dominant institutions and organizations in research, data, and diversity, equity, and inclusion 

  • Representing CCC and the Research Justice Institute on advisory boards and committees

Research and Data Justice Projects (15%)

In addition to leading projects with dominant institutions, you will support other RJI staff in an array of research and data justice projects with coalition members and other community-based organizations. This work includes:

  • Convening partners and supporting their participation in research projects

  • Co-constructing data collection strategies with relevant community stakeholders and colleagues and analyzing data

  • Building capacity for coalition member organizations and other nonprofits by providing technical assistance, trainings, and workshops

Research Justice Institute Program Support (15%)

We operate as a close team, with every member making critical contributions to our success both internally and externally. You will support the program by:

  • Building and strengthening effective partnerships with an array of entities, including community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, public sector entities, and foundations

  • Maintaining up-to-date records of dominant data on communities of color 

  • Building RJI’s understanding of the landscape and keep the organization current on research and equity practices and other relevant developments in the field

  • Contributing to RJI’s literature reviews and original research reports and presentations

Administration and Grants Management (10%)

Other duties include grants and contract management, supervising contract researchers and supporting RJI’s student interns, and other general administrative tasks and requirements.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in social sciences, humanities, or other research-related field

  • Minimum three to five years experience in leading applied research projects 

  • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative research with an equity focus

  • Successful grant writing experience

  • Experience working with communities of color and community-based organizations

  • Commitment to racial justice

  • Ability to develop diverse partnerships and respond to multiple stakeholders

  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills

  • Highly self-directed, with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneous

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on research and data equity approaches in dominant institutions

  • Experience working on cross-cultural racial justice efforts and coalition building

  • Strong policy analysis and ability to write research findings with an advocacy voice

  • Experience working with intersectional approaches including gender, sexuality, ability, language, etc.  

Position Details

This is an exempt position with a salary range of $75,000–80,000. Benefits include:

  • Paid time off: 15 days paid vacation in the first year of employment, increasing with tenure at the organization; 10 days of sick leave; 12 paid holidays and one week office closure in December

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee, with 100% of premiums paid by CCC

  • Flexible Spending Health Savings Account, Transportation Savings Account, life insurance, and monthly phone and transportation stipends. Employees may enroll in a matching 401k retirement plan after one year of employment.

CCC’s office is located in Portland, Oregon and has a hybrid work schedule. The Senior Researcher must live in or be willing to move within commuting distance of the Portland metro area. 

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to HR@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org, with the subject line “Senior Researcher — [your name].” Applications are due Monday, January 23. Interviews will be scheduled for the week of January 30. You will be contacted if selected for an interview.

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Pesticide Use in the San Joaquin Valley: Our “right to know” when pesticides are applied

by Nayamin Martinez On November 10th, in a small northern Tulare County town known as Orosi, over a hundred residents from various counties across the San Joaquin Valley gathered to raised their voices and demanded to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) the right to know full transparency of when pesticides are applied or used. […]

Shut Down Adelanto

Just Transition Alliance - Tue, 12/20/2022 - 13:34

On May 27, 2011, the GEO group entered a contract with the city of Adelanto, California to incarcerate immigrants on behalf of ICE.

Nine years later, GEO used a pesticide called HDQ in their failed attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. What resulted was health impacts on detainees that included headaches, dizziness, fatigue, respiratory illnesses, bloody noses, gastrointestinal problems, and worsening mental health. This on top of already horrific conditions such as lack of medical care, and contamination of the food and water.

On Dec. 8, 2022 our Executive Director José Bravo and Program Assistant Nona Chai took a toxic tour of Adelanto; later José gave a presentation about just transition.

Learn more about #ShutDownAdelanto by clicking below.

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Rest in Peace, Rep. McEachin

Just Transition Alliance - Tue, 12/20/2022 - 13:02

The Just Transition Alliance expresses our sincerest condolences for the passing of Representative A. Donald McEachin of the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia. As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Rep. McEachin served environmental justice communities heroically. Among a decades-long list of accomplishments in advancing equity, public safety, affordable health care, and environmental stewardship, Rep. McEachin along with Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva spearheaded the Environmental Justice for All Act, which was introduced to the U.S. Senate in 2021. This legislation aims to fund the transition for fossil fuel-dependent communities to a clean energy economy and to open pathways for people of color, Indigenous, and low-income communities to influence federal processes regarding their health and safety. In remembering Rep. McEachin’s fierce commitment to environmental justice, we express our humblest gratitude and aspire to honor his legacy as we serve environmental justice communities everywhere.

“Rep. McEachin’s role was always very inclusive,” says Just Transition Alliance Executive Director José Bravo. “EJ is tied to economic justice and Rep. McEachin saw beyond traditional environmental justice roles and looked at economic impacts that go along with EJ, the plight of frontline workers and many other pieces important to JTA. He will be greatly missed.”

(Photo credit: U.S. House of Photography, circa 2018)

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