We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, we all deserve dignified work, healthy homes and resilient communities where we can all thrive.
Our work is driven by the following core values:
Healthy Communities & Thriving Environment
We deserve safe and affordable homes and neighborhoods where we can raise families and nurture our roots. We deserve a healthy environment that will ensure access to clean air, clean water, outdoor recreational spaces, schools, libraries, and nourish a sense of well-being all powered by renewable energy and accessible through mass public transportation.
We deserve dignified work that contributes to the strength of our communities and pays living wages. Workers will be ensured protections such as the right to organize, ability to shape the conditions of their workplace, and receive opportunities for cooperative/alternative ownership.
Solidarity & Justice
We recognize the fight for climate justice is inextricably linked to dismantling and repairing the harms caused by all systems of oppression and extraction. Our movement is interconnected with the fights for Indigenous sovereignty, Black liberation, disability justice, immigrant justice, gender justice, and other liberation/justice movements.
We deserve the right to determine our own futures, tell our stories, and to actively participate and organize to make the decisions that directly affect our communities.
Accountability & Transformation
We demand accountability from greedy corporate interests who have harmed our communities. We will transform and create new systems to break up the concentration of wealth, redistribute to the people, and reinvest in our new institutions and communities.
2022 Coalition Priorities
Despite the ongoing pandemic and disparate public health and economic impacts, California is expecting a $31 billion budget surplus. It is imperative that the state use this money to invest in communities and workers most impacted by COVID-19, structural racism, and the worsening climate crisis.
Our coalition will work together to identify and advocate for transformative investments that redistribute money to families in crisis, and lay the groundwork for a transition to clean energy and a just economy.
Justice40 is a federal commitment to ensure that new investments are rooted in justice and benefit our most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. California has an opportunity to be a leader by committing to Justice40 at the state level. Our coalition will fight for the state’s climate and infrastructure funds to create good union jobs, invest in real climate solutions, and go to the communities that need it most.
As the fossil fuel industry contracts, we need to take care of workers who will lose their jobs and communities who may suffer from cutbacks in critical social services when local taxes from the fossil fuel industry decreases. An equitable transition to a clean energy economy must include support for displaced workers and impacted communities.
The coalition is committed to using this year to develop transformative policy campaigns that present a vision for a Green New Deal in California. This is a long haul process that requires deep collaboration with organizational partners, intensive research, and meaningful community engagement. Ultimately, this will result in GND policies that will form the basis for future organizing, storytelling, and legislative advocacy.
This $600 million program was created through the 2021 budget as a fund dedicated to promoting a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19. CERF has funding available for regional planning and implementation projects.
The California Green New Deal Coalition will advocate for strong program guidelines that ensure community- and worker-led solutions, organize and coordinate regional planning tables, and build capacity for communities to apply for and receive implementation grants.