The 2012 BCLI Cohort Has Been Chosen!
Urban Habitat's Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute has chosen sixteen new fellows to train, support and place on priority boards and commissions throughout the region. We are excited to announce the following BCLI 2012 Fellows:
Social Equity Caucus State of the Region 2012 Conference
The California Endowment Conference Center, Oakland, CA.On April 26, 2012, Urban Habitat's Bay Area Social Equity Caucus (SEC) hosted its annual State of the Region conference at the California Endowment's Oakland Conference Center. The conference convened more than 100 leaders from San Francisco Bay Area community-based organizations, advocacy groups, foundations, and government agencies to:
- Seed conversations between key decision-makers, advocates, and community-based organizations across the Bay Area that represent and work on finding solutions to pressing regional issues affecting the Bay Area's low-income communities and communities of color.
Raquel Nunez (lvejo.org) is a youth organizer for Little Village Environmental Justice Organization.
My passion for environmental justice is ever growing. By the age of 19, I was working to organize around various social justice issues. Over the last eight years, I have created several bodies of artwork with a central focus on social change and youth rights. My goal as an adult ally of the youth at Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is to continue to grow and sustain an environmental justice youth leadership program. We organize youth by creating a curriculum that we share with high schools and have an open-door policy for anyone who would like to become involved and learn more.
A key vote at the July 11 meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will determine whether low-income San Francisco youth will be able to get to school free next year. Youth and community leaders from around the Bay Area will converge at the meeting to urge the Commission to make youth a priority and approve the last of the funds needed to make San Francisco’s pilot Free Youth Pass program a reality. The Free MUNI Muni for Youth Coalition will hold a press conference Wednesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. at 390 Main St., San Francisco; MTC’s Planning and Allocations Committee is scheduled to discuss the Youth Pass funding at 10:45 on the first floor.
“A well-resourced, successful pilot program in San Francisco would provide much-needed relief for struggling families in the city, and would set an example for other cities as well,” said Maria Poblet, Executive Director of Causa Justa::Just Cause.
On the eve of President Obama signing the Federal Surface Transportation Act, the Transit Riders for Public Transportation (TRPT) denounces the new bill and calls on the President to affirm his administration's commitment to environmental justice and transit riders by rejecting this bill. Known as the "highway bill," this legislation threatens public health and the environment in communities of color and systemically blocks transit riders from benefiting from the majority of this federal funding. This new version unfortunately perpetuates the 80/20 split in funding (80% for road infrastructure and 20% for mass transit) and fails to allow transit agencies the flexibility to use those limited dollars to maintain service, despite desperate need. At the same time, this bill blatantly guts the National Environmental Policy Act, which offers the only meaningful opportunity for communities to have a voice in major capital construction projects that will directly impact their lives.