Statement on Environmental Justice and Stimulus -- Please sign on

Dear Environmental Justice friends and allies,

To facilitate and help unify the voice of the environmental justice movement in their Stimulus-related advocacy, a small Working Group representing eight organizations in six states has prepared Stimulating Environmental Justice: How the States Can Use Federal Recovery Funds to Build a Just and Sustainable Economy. This short document includes a Vision statement and Talking Points, Recommendations, and a state advocacy-focused Stimulus Resource Guide. (PDF is attached)

With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or the “Stimulus” Act) President Obama has set a new tone for our democracy, based on making the right choices for our children and generations yet to come. Yet while Stimulus Act provisions recite a historic level of transparency and accountability to help guarantee that tax dollars are spent wisely, state and local governments will ultimately be responsible for ensuring the fair and prudent distribution of Stimulus funds. It will be up to our communities to continually push for fairness and accountability standards, equitable inclusion, sustainability, and community participation, all of which are core tenets of the environmental justice movement, in Stimulus appropriation decisions.

We urge all supporters of environmental justice to sign on to this document. This statement is a potentially powerful way in which we can amplify and unify our voices across all our communities. We encourage you to incorporate and/or customize the Talking Points and Recommendations as they best fit your locality.

To endorse this statement, please send an email to penn@ace-ej.org with your name, title, and affiliation and whether you are endorsing as an individual or organization. We also encourage you to send any comments or questions about the statement to the same address.

A periodically updated list of endorsers will be posted on our Wordpress blog site at http://ejstimulus.wordpress.com.

Sincerely,

Working Group Members
Diane Takvorian, Environmental Health Coalition (San Diego)
Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment (Los Angeles)
Roger Kim, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Oakland)
Denise Perry, Power U (Miami)
Peggy Shepard and Cecil Corbin-Mark, West Harlem Environmental Action
K. A. Owens and Burt Lauderdale, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Donele Wilkins, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
Kalila Barnett and Penn Loh, Alternatives for Community & Environment, Boston