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Climate Justice Stanford Sit In Ends President John Hennessy Meets with Students

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Photo by organizer Sam Garcia Stanford ’18

Congressman Grijalva “The G.O.P’s Myopia on Coal” New York Times Op-Ed

Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ranking Member on the US House Natural Resources Committee, wrote an Op-Ed article in the New York Times, arguing that a surplus of cheap natural gas and not President Obama’s climate change initiatives, primarily accounts for coal’s decline. He challenges Republicans to rethink the impact of global warming.

It’s no secret that American coal companies are facing tough times. . . .[W]hile it may not qualify for life support just yet, the American coal industry is decidedly unhealthy.

Republicans in Congress like to blame what they call President Obama’s “war on coal.” In particular, they single out for scorn the president’s Clean Power Plan, which will set first-time emissions standards for carbon dioxide on coal-fired power plants by 2022. Many old, dirty plants will close as a result.

The industry’s self-described defenders seem to assume that without these rules, American coal would be financially sound into the foreseeable future because Americans — and people everywhere — still need cheap energy. If a hypothetical Republican president forgoes carbon regulations, they believe, the industry’s problems will be solved and we can get back to business as usual.

It’s not that simple, and my colleagues help no one by pretending otherwise. Coal companies are struggling largely because domestic coal is not economically competitive with the country’s cheap and abundant natural gas. That would be true no matter who was president or what climate quality standards we had in place. . . . [I]f you’re a lawmaker who wants to keep today’s coal industry alive under the Clean Power Plan, standing pat is not an option.

Representative Grijalva’s full op-ed in The New York Times, The G.O.P.’s Myopia on Coal


Congressman Grijalva held a forum on environmental justice, health, and climate in Los Angeles in April 2015.

Holy Prevalence, Batman! UCLA Center for Health Advancement

Shining A Light: Concert for Progress on Race in America, Nov 20 8/7c

Diverse artists will come together tonight to perform once-in-a-lifetime duets and collaborations. The 2-hour special program will broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, November 20 at 8pm ET/PT across A+E Networks and 150 iHeart radio stations. The concert will raise funds for organizations and individuals (through a sponsoring organization) that are working for racial justice and reconciliation.

The Lineup
Aloe Blacc, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Andra Day, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, Tom Morello, P!nk, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, Big Sean, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Pharrell Williams & more


About the Shining a Light Initiative: The Mother Emanuel tragedy and the reaction of the family members and the Charleston community inspired A+E Networks and iHeart Media to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America. The two are also partnering with United Way Worldwide to power The Fund for Progress on Race in America.

Guillermo Penalosa on Bikes, Parks & Cities

The City Project applauds the work of Guillermo “Gil” Penalosa, honored at a special reception on Tuesday, November 17. Penalosa and his team are responsible for creating the “new Ciclovia,” a program that sees one million people walk, run, skate, and bicycle along Bogotá, Colombia’s city roads every Sunday. Ciclovia is internationally recognized and emulated, including in Los Angeles.

The founder and chairman of 8-80 Cities, Penalosa previously served as the commissioner of parks, sport and recreation in Bogotá, where he led a team that designed and built more than 200 parks and opened 75 miles of car-free city roads. His expertise includes the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, cycling, and public transit. Penalosa advises decision-makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for all, regardless of social, economic, or ethnic background.

His visit to Southern California included attendance as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Eco-Rapid Transit Transportation Summit, a gathering of public transit and government officials to discuss transit-oriented development and sustainable infrastructure for Southern California.

The City Project is committed to working with diverse allies to create, preserve, and plan multibenefit green space for active living, climate justice, clean air, water and land. We work to ensure all communities have equal access to active living where they live, learn, work, play, and pray.


Guillermo Penalosa, speaking at a reception honoring his achievements.

Climate Justice Stanford Sit In Divest


Stanford University students have begun an indefinite sit-in to protest against the institution’s investments in fossil fuels.

According to protest organisers, more than 100 students attempted to enter the main administration building and office of the president on Monday afternoon. The students have been locked out but say they have encircled the building and will camp out there until Stanford acts on their demand to “completely divest” its financial holdings from the fossil fuel industry.

They are demanding action before UN climate negotiations in Paris at the end of November.

In May 2014 Stanford agreed it would not invest any more of its $22.2bn of endowed funds in coal mining companies, and would divest any current holdings. The pledge followed a campaign by student-led organisation Fossil Free Stanford, the group behind the latest protest, which now says that after three years of campaigning and negotiating the administration is not acting quickly enough.

Read the full story in the Guardian.

Photo by Sam Garcia, Stanford ’18

US Census Bureau: Measuring Race and Ethnicity Across The Decades 1790 – 2010

The United States Census Bureau released a timeline of how the measurements for race and ethnicity evolved from 1790 through 2010, tracing the changes of how we racially classify people in the US.

Click the image below to view the interactive timeline.
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San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applications!

The San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for its Winter 2016 Class!

The Leadership Academy is a training program of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever, a coalition of over 150 individuals and organizations working to protect and enhance our mountains, rivers, and parks with access for all. The goal of the Leadership Academy is to empower the next generation of public lands advocates, particularly among youth and communities of color.

Academy classes are led by coalition staff, experienced organizers, and professionals on various topics including environmental justice, power analysis, community organizing, public speaking, social media, and advocacy. The Academy is free to apply and attend.

Academy members are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid for transportation and family care
  • Up to $1,000 to organize a community project
  • $500 upon completion of the project

The Leadership Academy is a great opportunity for young people and community leaders to learn skills to permanently protect and enhance urban access to our San Gabriel Mountains, River, and foothills.

The program runs from January 16 – May 11, 2016. 

Click here to learn more and apply today.  Applications are due by 5pm on Friday December 4, 2015.

For more information contact Duyen Tran at (213) 222-3577 or

In Memoriam, Jackie Berrien Civil Rights Advocate

“The City Project celebrates the life of Jackie Berrien, a civil rights hero and my former colleague at the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.  We join the civil rights community in extending our condolences to her family and loved ones. Carry it on, Jackie.”  – Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel at The City Project.

Read more remembrances:

  • LDF Deeply Mourns the Passing of Former Associate Director-Counsel and Former EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien (Nov. 9, 2015)
  • Urban League Grieves Loss of Civil Rights Icon Jacqueline Berrien, National Urban League (Nov. 10, 2015)