Climate Justice Alliance: Our Power Campaign

GGJ co-anchored the founding of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA)a collaborative of over 35 community-based and movement support organizations that launched the Our Power Campaign: Communities United for a Just Transition in June 2013 to bring together frontline communities to "build the bigger we" for a just transition toward local, living economies.

CJA is rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the U.S. We are applying the power of deep grassroots organizing to win local, regional, statewide, and national shifts. These communities comprise more than 100 million people, often living near toxic, climate polluting energy infrastructure or other facilities. As racially oppressed and/or economically marginalized groups, these communities have suffered disproportionately from the impacts of pollution and the ecological crisis, and share deep histories of struggle in every arena, including organizing, mass direct action, electoral work, cultural revival, and policy advocacy.

Together we are strengthening relationships between community-based organizations, environmentalists, labor unions, food sovereignty/sustainable agriculture groups and other sectors of society.

As CJA we are coalescing our power to reshape the economy and governance in the coming decades – we are communities united for a just transition.

Background

CJA emerged out of a 3-year process of grassroots groups and movement support organizations from racial, environmental, and economic justice movements working to cohere our vision and strategy as a US-based movement for global climate justice. Participating organizations saw the need for the people most severely impacted by both the economic and environmental crises to lead efforts to confront and transform them. Milestones include:

  • convening a climate justice assembly at the 2nd US Social Forum in Detroit (2010) attended by 400 people representing over 118 organizations from every region of the country
  • sending movement delegations to the recent UN climate accord conferences (Copenhagen in 2010, Cancun in 2011, Durban in 2012), the climate summit in Bolivia which produced the Cochabamba Protocol, and the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit (2012).

Co-convened by Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Movement Generation since January 2012, CJA has been developing a unified campaign – the Our Power Campaign. A national convening of 33 member organizations took place in September 2012 in Detroit, during which campaign goals were defined and the first local as well as regional campaigns identified. A Steering Committee and Leadership Body were established to coordinate the campaign.

For updates, visit the Our Power Campaign website.