The Greenlining Institute and its partners urged Electrify America, which is implementing VW’s $800M Zero Emission Vehicle investment under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement, to prioritize benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. We also provided recommendations on how to ensure this investment creates the most benefits in communities impacted most by poverty and pollution.
The Greenlining Institute filed public comment with the California Air Resources Board regarding staff’s recommendation for allocating the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, part of the settlement for VW’s diesel emissions scandal. We recommend that the final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan leverage equitable economic development benefits and target 100% of light-duty Zero Emissions Vehicle infrastructure investments in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
The Greenlining Institute and 16 coalition members sent a brief comment letter to California Governor Jerry Brown advocating for anti-displacement measures to be further embedded in the roll out of the new Opportunity Zone initiative, a new federal program meant to spur community development in distressed neighborhoods. The letter calls for a 30-day extension for public comments to allow for more robust and broad discussion of which places are designated for investment, and to bring into consideration unintended impacts that could increase gentrification and displacement pressures in emerging neighborhoods.
A statewide coalition of five organizations, including The Greenlining Institute, sent a letter to the California Office of the Attorney General to express opposition to Verdugo Hills Hospital and Mission Community Hospital’s requests to reduce their charity care spending obligations. The proposed reductions would significantly decrease hospital spending designated for indigent and underserved patients. The coalition urged the rejection of all similar requests from nonprofit hospitals.
Greenlining and coalition partners submitted a letter in support of preserving and strengthening the CRA, in response to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s review of this civil rights law passed by Congress in 1977 to address redlining. Under the CRA,banks are required to serve the credit needs of all communities, not just the wealthiest, and regulators are charged with ensuring that banks comply.
Greenlining’s letter provides research findings supporting the need for a strong CRA and recommendations to improve and strengthen the law by expanding it to non-banks and including a specific focus on racial inequities.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter endorsed by 200 organizations, including The Greenlining Institute, calling on FCC Chair Ajit Pai to close the digital divide and reject the Federal Communications Commission’s new proposals that will debilitate the Lifeline program.
A statewide coalition of 17 organizations, including The Greenlining Institute, sent a letter to the California Office of the Attorney General to express opposition to Saint Agnes Medical Center’s (SAMC) request to reduce the hospital’s charity care spending obligation. The proposed reduction would significantly decrease hospital spending designated for indigent and underserved patients.