Chevron Resolution Passes

Thanks to your actions the Richmond City Council passed a resolution holding Chevron accountable for the health and safety risks their refinery poses to the community.  This is the first step in holding Chevron accountable for the horrific explosion that occurred on August 6, 2012.

APEN Leader Lipo Chanthanasack says:

“Chevron must invest in good jobs and economic development for Richmond residents, like a good person take full responsibility for the explosion and assure us this type of thing will never happen again.”

Back to School: APEN Academy

The first class of the APEN Academy celebrated their graduation on October 6 with a big BBQ with friends and family in Nichol Park in Richmond.

Launched on July 21, APEN ran an 8-week academy to strengthen the leadership and organizing skills of APEN members in Oakland and Richmond. About 25 leaders are attending the academy, but the numbers are growing each week! Workshops were interpreted in Mien, Khmu, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Vivian Huang, Local Campaign Director says:
 “Its been so inspiring to see our members engaging on complex issues, supporting each other in the learning process and contributing sharp analysis based on their personal histories and life experiences. It’s strengthening APEN’s leadership as a whole and fostering connections across the different ethnic communities we organize in.”

Climate Solutions EJ style

“An investment of up to $8 billion through 2020 is what low-income and EJ communities just got from Governor Brown who signed SB 535 and AB 1532.  The bills, which passed out of the California legislature in September, will provide needed economic stimulus of up to 25% of annual AB32 revenues to residents of communities most directly impacted by last century’s pollution-based energy system.
Mari Rose Taruc, APEN’s State Organizing Director says, “Immigrants and refugees have wanted to advance climate solutions in their local areas to solve both the environmental and economic crisis but haven’t had much support to do so until now.”

Click here to see the list of SB 535 & AB 1532 supporters.