Leadership, Policy and Making an Unsafe World Safer

Leadership, Policy and Making an Unsafe World Safer

For women of color, policy has always had a big ”Do Not Enter” sign in front of it. But when Donald Trump was elected to office, a flame was ignited within our communities to abolish oppressive policy systems. During my time at Greenlining, I have been able to find my voice through policy, and I plan to continue fighting to create a safer and less toxic world through advocacy.  In 2016, many people who live in the United States were shaken when they heard the news that Donald Trump was elected president. I remember that night very clearly: I was 22, living in D.C., had just graduated college, was working…
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Bringing Community Solar to an Environmental Justice Community

Bringing Community Solar to an Environmental Justice Community

California is rapidly transitioning from a fossil fuel based economy to a clean energy economy: A recent walking tour of an environmental justice community, Willowbrook in southern California, gave me a glimpse of how a piece of that future might unfold: Community solar. Bills like  SB 100 push California towards 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. But how will  the path to 100 percent carbon-free energy look for environmental justice communities? Communities of color disproportionately feel the historic and continued impacts of pollution, as they frequently live in closer proximity to refineries, rail yards, ports, transit corridors, dirty industries, and other sites that produce pollution from the use of fossil…
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From Silence to Power

From Silence to Power

Content warning: This post contains language and description of violence, harassment and abuse. The first language that I learned was an intergenerational literacy that has kept the members of my family hollow. The language that I speak of is not English or even Spanish. It instead is an embodied literacy taught to marginalized populations— Silence. Growing up in my Mexican family I was always told to shut up, to be more obedient, to hide secrets that no child should hide, and to pretend that abuse that occured in my life never happened. I was expected to be silent, that was my birthright as a mujer, as a mexican womxn after…
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