Greenlining and Southern California Edison Partner to Bring Community Voices to Clean Energy

Greenlining and Southern California Edison Partner to Bring Community Voices to Clean Energy

Here at Greenlining, we often say that if our community members aren’t at the decision-making table, we’re on the menu – and so often that is true. We find ourselves in rooms all the time in which decision-makers, industry folks, and even advocates like us are all talking about this community or that community, and what people there need and want, but no one is actually talking with community members to ask those critical questions. To begin to solve this problem, Greenlining and Southern California Edison (yes, the electric company) have kicked off a working group that we hope will change that dynamic and, in turn, change the way SCE…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 15

#ResistReport, Vol. 15

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  We dedicate this week’s issue to the individuals, families, and communities torn apart by police violence and brutality. Today and every day, we know that…
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An Important Step to Clean Air and More Equitable Communities in Los Angeles

An Important Step to Clean Air and More Equitable Communities in Los Angeles

By Jimmy O’Dea and Joel Espino Next month, LA Metro, the second largest transit fleet in the United States, will decide what types of buses to purchase through 2030. The decision will impact Los Angeles’ efforts to have clean air, fight climate change, and expand economic opportunity. We applaud the proposal put forward by Metro staff last week to transition the entire fleet to zero-emission vehicles. LA Metro can be a leader Today, Metro’s 2,200 buses operate entirely on natural gas. While natural gas was a better option than diesel when Metro began switching fuels more than 20 years ago, it no longer deserves the “clean” branding seen on Metro’s buses.…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 14

#ResistReport, Vol. 14

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  TAKE ACTION INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS: URGENT – resist attacks on healthcare! Senate GOP leaders want to ram their version of Trumpcare through without hearings or full…
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150+ CEOs Make Diversity Pledge. Will It Amount to Anything?

150+ CEOs Make Diversity Pledge. Will It Amount to Anything?

Skim through any article on diversity, and I bet you nine times out of 10 the phrase “commitment from leadership” will appear. Research far and wide, including our own, cites this best practice as a critical component to creating authentically diverse workplaces. That’s because the tone — for anything, diversity-related or not — gets set at the top. In an unprecedented move, 150+ executives from the nation’s most powerful corporations banded together and just launched CEO ACT!ON to “advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.” The website reads, “This commitment is driven by a realization that addressing diversity and inclusion is not a competitive issue, but a societal issue. CEOs…
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Uber Released its Internal Workforce Report: Here’s What People of Color Need to Know

Uber Released its Internal Workforce Report: Here’s What People of Color Need to Know

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that Uber’s been plagued recently by an ongoing public relations nightmare. On Tuesday it made a major announcement on its plan to redeem itself. CEO Travis Kalanick will take an unspecified leave of absence following recommendations from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, partners at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP . Kalanick’s hiatus is undoubtedly newsworthy, but the 46 other recommendations Uber’s Board unanimously adopted may prove even more important. As a racial equity advocate and super diversity-nerd, here are some highlights I’ll uplift from the report:     Twenty-one, or almost 45 percent, of the report’s recommendations…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 13

#ResistReport, Vol. 13

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  TAKE ACTION Individual actions: Save health care! Demand transparency from your senators on their efforts to take away health care from 23 million people, gut…
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Cap-and-Trade, Clean Energy, and Protecting Communities of Color

Cap-and-Trade, Clean Energy, and Protecting Communities of Color

Oakland, Los Angeles, and Fresno were not always some of the most polluted and impoverished communities in California, but they are now. As California contemplates updating its clean energy policies, including cap-and-trade, we must remember the debt we owe these and other communities devastated by decades of disinvestment and structural racism. Industrialization, migration, white flight, redlining, and massive (and misguided) infrastructure spending resulted in concentrations of poverty and pollution in communities of color throughout California. In recent years environmental justice and equity advocates have successfully passed laws to tackle this problem, making a cleaner and more equitable future for impacted communities more likely.  But progress remains too slow and too…
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#ResistReport, Vol. 12

#ResistReport, Vol. 12

Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country. If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, follow Greenlining on Twitter and regularly check our archive #ResistReport for previous and future updates.  We dedicate this week’s issue to the victims of hate violence in Portland. In their memory, we rededicate ourselves to the fight against bigotry. TAKE…
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Defend Freedom of the Press

Defend Freedom of the Press

Before entering the nonprofit world, I used to be a reporter.  And I want to tell you a little story about freedom of the press. About 17 or 18 years ago, I wrote a series of stories for the San Francisco Bay Guardian about pending cuts to city health services – cuts city officials claimed would streamline and improve these services, while the health providers in their employ insisted they would harm their most vulnerable patients. In the course of my reporting, I attended several Health Commission meetings, and after one meeting I approached Monique Zmuda, an official in the city Controller’s office whom I’d interviewed a couple weeks prior.…
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