Climate Justice Alliance

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Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.

Together, We 1) Inspire and organize bold action by communities on the frontlines of climate change to challenge the extractive economy that is harming people and ecosystems; 2) Build resilient, regenerative and equitable economies rooted in place-based webs of social and ecological relationships; 3) Expose false promises posed as ‘solutions’ to the climate crisis, so that precious resources are not allocated to programs that exacerbate social or economic inequality or cause further ecological disruption; 4) Confront governments and industry to act boldly on climate change.

Our members have won significant victories against polluting and extractive industries, preventing new carbon emissions from reaching our atmosphere. We are building local alternatives that center traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and create a pathway for a regenerative future.

Steering Committee

Climate Justice Alliance June 15 2019·

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The members of the Climate Justice Alliance Steering Committee are currently meeting in Puerto Rico, to chart the course of CJA, to deepen our alignment, build community and to meet with frontline community groups, who are leading the #JustRecovery, and are building “local living economies” models focused on clean community energy, regional food systems, efficient, affordable, and durable housing, ecosystem restoration and stewardship. — with Lisa Abbott, Marion Gee, Aghilah Nadaraj, Jesus Vazquez Negron, Mateo Nube, Eddie Bautista, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Angela Adrar, Ice Cube, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Senowa Mize-Fox, Jayeesha Dutta, Maria Irene Lopez, Jose T. Bravo and Jaron Browne.

Leadership and staff

Climate Justice Alliance April 2 ·2019·

The members of the badass Climate Justice Alliance Steering Committee are working together with love, with respect, with the humility that honors the ancestors, and they just got reinforcements!

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We are excited to welcome five amazing new Climate Jedi Warriors: Jayeesha Dutta from Another Gulf Is Possible, Jesus Vazquez Negron of Organizacion Boricua de Agricultura Ecologica de Puerto Rico, Kirtrina Baxter of the Black Dirt Farm Collective, Maria Lopez-Nunez of the Ironbound Community Corporation and Sharon Lewis of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice joined the CJA Steering Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth Yeampierre, the Executive Director of UpRose Bk and Mateo Nube the Co-Director of Movement Generation, as well as their fellow Steering Committee members Aghilah Nadaraj of the Kheprw Institute, Burt Lauderdale of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Darryl Molina Sarmiento of Communities For A Better Environment, Denise Blackburn Abdul-Rahman of the Indiana NAACP, Jaron Browne of Grassroots Global Justice, Miya Yoshitani of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Big shout out to the CJA staff: Campaigns Director Ananda Lee Tan, Executive Director Angela Adrar, Climate Justice Policy Coordinator Cynthia Mellon, Member Engagement Coordinator Chloe Sachine Sumi, Midwest Region Just Transition Organizer Dorthea Enrique, Special Projects and Logistics Coordinator Heather Thiry, Digital Media Coordinator Hendrik Voss, Funder Relations Organizer Holly Baker, Executive Assistant Karina Belen Gonzalez Morales, Managing Director Marion Gee, Southeast Region Just Transition Organizer Monica Atkins, Senior Communications Advisor Olivia Burlingame Goumbri, Executive Assistant Senowa Mize-Fox, Reinvest Project Director Yuki Kidokoro, and Just Transition Project Steward Lupe Romero.

The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.

Together, We 1) Inspire and organize bold action by communities on the frontlines of climate change to challenge the extractive economy that is harming people and ecosystems; 2) Build resilient, regenerative and equitable economies rooted in place-based webs of social and ecological relationships; 3) Expose false promises posed as ‘solutions’ to the climate crisis, so that precious resources are not allocated to programs that exacerbate social or economic inequality or cause further ecological disruption; 4) Confront governments and industry to act boldly on climate change.

Our members have won significant victories against polluting and extractive industries, preventing new carbon emissions from reaching our atmosphere. We are building local alternatives that center traditional ecological and cultural knowledge and create a pathway for a regenerative future.

Living Our Power CJA Member Convening

Climate Justice Alliance March 28 2019·

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Meet the organizing team for the Living Our Power CJA Member Convening. Follow #LivingOurPower and #CJA19 for updates! — with Juan Reynosa, Tere Almaguer, Angela Adrar, Nati Conrazon, Dante C. Swinton, Mateo Nube, Darryl Molina Sarmiento, Marion Gee, Holly Baker, Yuki Kidokoro, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Chloe Sachine Sumi, Darryl E. Jordan, Monica Atkins, Senowa Mize-Fox, Cynthia Mellon, Ananda Lee Tan, Makani Themba and Parisa Bonita Norouzi.

AOC connection

Climate Justice Alliance January 10 · 2019·

Excited to share our vision for a #JustTransition and the #GreenNewDeal with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Climate Justice Alliance members from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Indigenous Environmental Network, the New Economy Coalition the Labor Network for Sustainability, and UpRose Bk shared their solutions and brought the frontlines to Capitol Hill. Stay tuned for a video message from Representative Ocasio-Cortez.

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  1. ClimateJustice #GreenNewDeal #JustTransition #GND — with Cynthia Mellon, Lex Barlowe, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Ananda Lee Tan, Angela Adrar, Tom Goldtooth and Marion Gee.

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