On August 6, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) hosted an eventto commemorate the Richmond Chevron oil refinery explosion that happened three years ago. During the commemoration, both organizations presented their patch as part of the Summer of Our Power quilt relay.
APEN and CBE quilt square with square from C2C:
Here are some moments from the event:
For more photos of the event, visit the Richmond Chevron Explosion 3rd year Commemoration page.
APEN works for environmental justice in Richmond and Oakland. CBE has branches throughout California, including Richmond, Oakland and Los Angeles. In 2010, CBE, APEN, and other allies stopped the expansion of the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond. Both APEN and CBE have had a number of EJ victories, and this summer they have been busy working against gentrification, Chevron and oil trains. Here are some moments from their summer via social media!
“CBE BLOG UPDATE: We have one!!!
Read about how we are taking the fight for climate justice to Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and how rule making and board proceedings are where the battle lines are being drawn.”
-via CBE on Facebook, June 10, 2015
“Looking for weekend plans? Help us get $9 Billion back and Make It Fair California.
Learn more and sign up here: bit.ly/ORwalk”
-via APEN on Facebook, June 11, 2015
“#Oakland organizer Alvina Wong speaking up for our members and their displacement from Oakland after contributing so much our community!#savee12th Reopen the RFP and give us the chance to live, work, and STAY in Oakland!”
-via APEN on Facebook, June 17, 2015
CBE STATEMENT ON CHARLESTON MASSACRE: PEOPLE OF COLOR DESERVE SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
The terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church yesterday further confirms that there is no place where Black people and people of color in general are safe.
Safety continues to be a luxury that our communities do not hold. Protection from our government continues to be a myth. Justice for our communities is random and arbitrary and completely absent too many times. Who will be held accountable for what happened in Charleston? Will one evil person be scapegoated for a system that allows this kind of violence against communities of color?
We demand a new system built on the fact that Black women, youth, men and people of color everywhere deserve the right to safe and healthy communities.
We demand a kind of justice that takes into account all of the horrific memories this terrorist attack sparks in the minds of millions of oppressed people in this country.
We need elected officials who will advocate and bring true justice for the safety and health of people of color. At this moment in history, we have yet to witness this type of leadership.
However, we are experiencing a growing movement. A movement that is linking the historic struggles and current realities of people of color to a severely broken economic and political system. For now, once again, we mourn and struggle to contain our anger. But, we continue to fight for justice, healthy and safe communities.
Executive Director, Communities for a Better Environment
“The New Lancet Commissions Report on Health and Climate Change is out and CBE and our members stood with partners today to spread the word. Check out the report (here)
“Our representatives must fulfill their ethical responsibility towards aggressive and direct reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions and dangerous co-pollutants from mobile and stationary sources by ending our reliance on fossil fuel through a just transition process as well as creating effective adaptation policies and projects. To this end, Communities for a Better Environment is excited to work with Climate Resolve and other allies on our Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Enhancement (CARE) Project. ” – Bahram Fazeli, Policy/ Research Director”
-via Communities for a Better Environment on Facebook, June 23, 2015
“Communities For A Better Environment with our partners at ForestEthics have blown the top off the unknown effects of oil-by-rail on poor communities of color already burdened with issues stemming from environmental racism. You can read the report on our webpage:http://bit.ly/1SZcm61”
-via Communities for a Better Environment on Facebook, June 30, 2015
“Did you miss His Holiness’ public talk on Climate? Check out our favorite part here: Miya has the solution! bit.ly/APENHHDL
‘[Our communities] have a dream that is bigger than the crisis…'”
-via APEN on Facebook, July 9, 2015
Oil trains are transporting dangerous oil through our neighborhoods and our families deserve better!
This is not just a fight against oil trains. Together, during the Summer of Our Power, we are building our power to push forward our solutions locally in Richmond and all over California.#stopoiltrains#ourpowersummer
See you Saturday!
-via APEN on Facebook, July 9, 2015
(see event page here)
“Our leader and Laotian refugee, Kae Lin, says we need to #stopoiltrainsfrom rolling through our neighborhoods, endangering her and her grandchildren. If it were up to her, she would tear out the train tracks!”
-via APEN on Facebook, July 11, 2015
WOW! We are out in full force today!! From LA to Richmond!#StopOilTrains NOW! We do not deserve to live in a blast-zone!
Richmond, CA Press Release:
Los Angeles, CA Press Release:
-via CBE on Facebook, July 11, 2015
“Happy Friday! We’re celebrating this week’s WIN at Richmond City Council: Richmond won Rent Control!
-via APEN on Facebook, July 24, 2015
“As a mom, I want to fight for the community my babies are growing up in. Right now, it’s a risk and a gamble to live [near the railway], but if enough people sign this petition, I believe we can create a better, safer, and greener community.” –Our interpreter, turned Richmond member, Mouang Saeyang,
-via APEN on Facebook, July 28, 2015
“‘For many Oakland residents that are working together to create healthier communities, diesel trucks are an issue that must be addressed. Asthma rates in Oakland are high compared to Alameda County and they are even higher in certain neighborhoods like East Oakland. Pollution that comes from the distribution centers, freeways and truck routes are contributing to the high asthma rates along the 880 corridor and other impacted communities.’ -Read more at our blog:http://www.cbecal.org/media/blog/got-diesel-trucks/” -via Communities for a Better Environment on Facebook, July 29, 2015
For more moments from the summer, check out this Storify on APEN and CBE:
Richmond Chevron Explosion 3rd year commemoration:
Asian Pacific Environmental Network Facebook page:
Communities for a Better Environment Facebook page:
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Communities for a Better Environment page: