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Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Join us for SFAI 140 Nov 17! Always new & inspiring!

From celebrated local artist Rose B. Simpson from Santa Clara Pueblo, to Civil Rights Advocate Robert García from the USA and Guatemala, to feminist multimedia artist Eva Rocha from Brazil, our twenty presenters are all change makers from an exciting variety of disciplines. Join us on November 17 at 7 PM for an incredible SFAI140 lineup! Click here to learn more about our presenters. 

SFAI140 is always new and always inspiring: 1 night, 20 inspiring talks & performances, 140 seconds each. Bring a friend to this event unlike any other. Learn more and reserve your tickets here.

With “Equal Justice” in Fall of 2017, we awarded 80 residencies to artists of all disciplines, as well as content experts across other fields of creative inquiry, free of charge to them. Our initiative to sponsor residency fees is a direct response to a global rise in intolerance and division, and the important need for institutions like SFAI to foster social equity and critical dialogue. We know you believe in the power of creativity, and we need your support to re-imagine a more equitable world.

Today is the day to show your commitment to creativity & social justice! Empower an artist here.

At the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI), we are artists, innovative thinkers and engaged citizens. We cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world.


Make bus rides cheaper and more convenient to fix dwindling transit ridership. LA Times

[T]he NAACP [Legal Defense Fund], the Bus Riders’ Union and others took Metro to federal court to protect bus service in 1994. Their argument was that the expansion of rail was coming at the expense of bus routes, bus frequency and bus riders, and it was disproportionately harming minorities, the elderly and the young. Metro settled, and the deal was enshrined in a 10-year consent decree starting in 1996.

The settlement allowed Metro to build all the rail it could afford, so long as specific bus service improvements were made too. Those improvements included reducing fares, increasing service on existing lines, establishing new lines, replacing old buses and keeping the fleet clean. Lo and behold, while the decree was in force L.A.’s transit ridership rose by 36%. When Metro was no longer bound by the settlement, it refocused its efforts almost exclusively on new rail projects. The quality of bus service began declining in almost every way measurable, and overall ridership again fell.

With the funds generated by the Measure R sales tax increases, voted on in 2008, and last year’s Measure M increases — which will provide $121 billion over the next 40 years — Metro has more than enough money to reinvigorate bus service. At a minimum, it should return to the program under the consent decree: building all the new rail it wants, as long as bus service is improved as well.

Read the complete Op/Ed in the L.A. Times. James E. Moore II is a professor in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Price School of Public Policy and director of USC’s Transportation Engineering Program. Thomas A. Rubin is a consultant based in Oakland; he was the chief financial officer of the Southern California Rapid Transit District before it was merged into Metro. Both served as experts on behalf of the plaintiff class of all bus riders in the MTA class action.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund civil rights attorneys Bill Lann Lee, Constance L. Rice, Robert García, and Richard Larson celebrate the historic community victory in the MTA case 1997

The MTA victory is “a remarkable moment in American urban history.” UCLA Prof. Ed Soja.

“In terms of the dollar value of the settlement, it was the largest civil rights case in American history.” California State Librarian and USC Prof. Kevin Starr.

Richard Larson, Civil Rights Hero.

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The City Project / Robert García SFAI Equal Justice Resident

Truth, Reconciliation, and Public Monuments: The Confederacy, César Chávez, and Chile

There is another path towards truth and reconciliation compared to taking monuments down and marginalizing we the people.

Instead of negating the history of the Confederacy, Christopher Columbus, Father Junipero Serra, and others, monuments that tell the stories faithfully, completely, and accurately promote truth and reconciliation.

Instead of marginalizing or ignoring people of color, tell the stories faithfully, completely, and accurately.

The César Chávez National Monument dedicated in 2012 is the first national monument dedicated to a Latino born in the US after the 1700s. “Our world is a better place because Cesar Chavez decided to change it,” as President Barack Obama said dedicating the monument.

“To see on a piece of paper, for example, the president of the United States ordering the C.I.A. to preemptively overthrow a democratically elected president in Chile is stunning,” according to a historian discussing the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. “These documents have helped us rewrite Chile’s contemporary history,” said Francisco Estévez, director of the Museum. “This exhibit is a victory in the fight against negationism, the efforts to deny and relativize what happened during our dictatorship.” The Museum reconstructs the 17-year saga of the military dictatorship imposed by the US and the CIA on the people of Chile through the overthrow of the democratically elected president Salvador Allende. Solidarity and resistance in Chile provides lessons for the people of the US today.

The movement for museums of truth and reconciliation has spread throughout Latin America.

Manzanar National Historic Site preserves stories of Manzanar faithfully, completely, and accurately. Manzanzar, the relocation camp where the US forcibly incarcerated innocent people during WW II, provokes a greater understanding of, and dialogue on, civil rights, democracy, and freedom.

Photo Samuel García Stanford ’18

Top Photo Robert García Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident.Currently, old monuments commemorating the confederacy and imperialism are being challenged, and new monuments are being created that embrace our multi-cultural histories.” SFAI.

Reimagining Conservation: The Next 100 Years – NRPA Parks & Rec Magazine @next100cltn

Next 100 is part of a re-imagination that reverberates throughout conservation, health, and equal opportunity communities.  Our members bring together grassroots leaders, people-of-color advocacy organizations and established conservation organizations to achieve this shared vision for an inclusive future. These conversations are long overdue, and often allow us to confront and address harsh truths about us as a nation.

by Kevin Bryan and Robert García, Social Equity Department NRPA

In March 2016, 35 grassroots organizations came together for the first-of-a-kind discussion among civil rights, environmental justice, health equity and grassroots conservation organizations pursuing a shared vision of a more diverse and inclusive culture in managing and preserving our nation’s public lands and waters.

Most members of this group, the Next 100 Coalition, represent communities of color that have consistently found themselves on the fringes of opportunity. It includes organizations that empower their constituents to realize their connection to the natural world and to understand how that connection can transform their lives and the lives of their families and communities. The Next 100 Coalition sees great opportunity in our public parks and waters, and is working to shape the next 100 years of conservation, public health and the economy.

Our existing concept of conservation is often limited to boundaries of national parks and monuments, and does not stretch to include young boys and girls from communities of color. This concept of conservation seldom veers off historic trails to connect Americans across our vast diaspora, providing common paths to our histories, cultures and experiences. These conversations are long overdue, and often expose harsh truths about us as a nation.

Achieving Our Shared Vision

The Next 100 Coalition seeks green justice in the neighborhoods where people of color and low income live, learn, work, play, pray and age. The joys of playing in the park, soccer after school, biking and walking on safe paths to parks and schools, and physical education in schools are important to provide the health benefits of the great outdoors on a daily basis. Trips to far away mountains, beaches and rivers are fun, healthy and educational, and go hand in hand with diversity, inclusion and green justice closer to home.

Coalition members, such as Outdoor Afro and Latino Outdoors, are encouraging African-American and Latino residents to find their place in nature. Groups like the Greening Youth Foundation and Hispanic Access Foundation are creating internships for minority youth, providing a more culturally diverse pool of candidates to serve as the next generation of stewards for the Earth and its people. In Colorado, Washington, Nevada and California, coalition partners have initiated local organizations under the same principles. The City Project and GreenLatinos are working on these shared values in urban, rural and wilderness areas, and are organizing civil rights, health equity and conservation leaders to stop construction of the border wall, based on its impact on people, places and values.

At the national level, the coalition is also working to articulate the need to expand opportunity and access to our parks and waters and to garner support for our shared vision with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. The Next 100 Coalition members have testified before Congress to defend national monuments and the Antiquities Act, giving voice to millions of people, and have submitted public comments to the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce Departments in support of maintaining the existing boundaries of our national monuments.

NPS La Ranger Troca engages Anahuak Youth Sports Association players as environmental justice stewards at Río de Los Angeles State Park during National Public Lands Day

Due in large part to the coalition’s efforts, in January, the White House directed federal land management agencies and recipients of federal funding to work toward more diverse and inclusive action plans for managing our public lands and waters, and spreading opportunities to all communities. The directive encouraged these agencies and recipients to increase recruitment and retention of employees from marginalized communities; establish accountability systems for incorporating diversity and inclusion in programs and activities; collaborate with other agencies and recipients to broaden diversity and inclusion; create new opportunities to provide access to and enjoyment of parks and waters; expand public engagement in decision making; and begin implementation of action plans without delay. The Next 100 Coalition actively supports efforts to include these principles into strategic thinking and action by state and local governments; in companies in the outdoor recreation industry; in environmental organizations focused on public lands and conservation policy; and in public health organizations focused on equity.

While these initial efforts provide a good starting point, they are by no means sufficient. The coalition is working to establish a broader dialogue about increasing access of communities of color to public lands and making sure all of us can take advantage of the opportunities that parks and waters offer for better health and for professional and economic advancement.

Our society must continue to embrace and support the diverse ways in which we connect with nature. We must also make sure these ways reflect our ever-widening diversity. The opportunities afforded by our public lands and waters are a collective inheritance that belongs to all of us in the present and future. The Next 100 Coalition will engage our leaders to push for policies and programs that reflect our nation as it is, not as it was. And, as we confront the challenges that emerge as we broaden our reach, we will be buoyed by the knowledge that the Next 100 Coalition’s agenda represents the will of the people.

Kevin Bryan is Lead Organizer for Next 100 and Senior Policy Director, Keystone Policy Center. Robert García is the Founding Director-Counsel for The City Project/Proyecto del Pueblo.

Top Next 100 Coalition Members Photo Glenn Nelson Trail Posse
Bottom Photo Alex Romero / NEEF
This column is available online at NRPA’s Parks & Recreation Magazine Social Equity Column and in hard copy (Nov. 2017). Download the PDF. (NRPA is the National Recreation and Parks Association.)

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Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Residents

Imagine a more equitable world. We are artists, innovative thinkers, and engaged citizens working at the intersection of the arts and social justice. We believe in artists as leaders and catalysts to effect positive social change. We look for local solutions to pressing global issues and we support creative practice by providing opportunities for experimentation, personal expression, and critical dialogue.

Photo The City Project / Robert García SFAI Equal Justice Resident

Human activities are dominant cause of global warming Climate Science Special Report US Global Change Research Program

From the report by 13 federal agencies . . .

The statements below highlight past, current, and projected climate changes for the United States and the globe.

This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization.

This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.

Thousands of studies conducted by researchers around the world have documented changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures; melting glaciers; diminishing snow cover; shrinking sea ice; rising sea levels; ocean acidification; and increasing atmospheric water vapor.

For example, global average sea level has risen by about 7–8 inches since 1900. . . . Global sea level rise has already affected the United States; the incidence of daily tidal flooding is accelerating in more than 25 Atlantic and Gulf Coast cities.

Global average sea levels are expected to continue to rise—by at least several inches in the next 15 years and by 1–4 feet by 2100. A rise of as much as 8 feet by 2100 cannot be ruled out.

Heavy rainfall is increasing in intensity and frequency across the United States and globally and is expected to continue to increase.

Heatwaves have become more frequent in the United States since the 1960s, while extreme cold temperatures and cold waves are less frequent. . . . [O]ver the next few decades (2021–2050), annual average temperatures are expected to rise by about 2.5°F for the United States, relative to the recent past (average from 1976–2005), under all plausible future climate scenarios.

The incidence of large forest fires in the western United States and Alaska has increased since the early 1980s and is projected to further increase . . . .

Annual trends toward earlier spring melt and reduced snowpack are already affecting water resources in the western United States and these trends are expected to continue. . . . [C]hronic, long-duration hydrological drought is increasingly possible before the end of this century.

The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) emitted globally. . . . With significant reductions in emissions, the increase in annual average global temperature could be limited to 3.6°F (2°C) or less.

The global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level that last occurred about 3 million years ago, when both global average temperature and sea level were significantly higher than today.

In 2014 and 2015, emission growth rates slowed as economic growth became less carbon-intensive.

Recommended Citation for Chapter: Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, B. DeAngelo, S. Doherty, K. Hayhoe, R. Horton, J.P. Kossin, P.C. Taylor, A.M. Waple, and C.P. Weaver, 2017: Executive summary. In: Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I [Wuebbles, D.J., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, D.J. Dokken, B.C.Stewart, and T.K. Maycock (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 12-34, doi: 10.7930/J0DJ5CTG.

Download the full report as well as the executive summary and individual chapters.

Peer Review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

See Samuel David García, Latinos and Climate Change: Opinions, Impacts, and Responses (GreenLatinos and The City Project Policy Report 2016)

US Rep Nanette Barragán GreenLatinos Environmental Justice 101 Live Stream

Congresswoman Nanette Barragán D CA

16th Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit L.A. Business Council

The City Project is co-sponsoring the Los Angeles Business Council‘s 16th Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit: Smart Growth and Equity in an Expanding Economy. Topics of discussion include  Housing L.A.’s Future Economy and Workforce, Innovating L.A.’s Transportation Infrastructure and Mobility, and Meeting California’s Housing Needs.

Register here

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