Community Coalition for Environmental Justice Programs
The Clean and Safe Ports Coalition: aims to establish environmental justice for the truck drivers who bring goods to and from our ports. Essentially, the trucking companies are offloading the costs of complying with clean air regulations onto the drivers and the surrounding communities. The campaign fights back in the media, in the courts, and most of all in the communities. CCEJ has done our part by organizing the community in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.
The Coalition to Save Yesler Terrace continues to monitor the Seattle Housing Authority's plans to convert the Yesler Terrace low income housing community into mixed-income housing. Our aim is to maximize the number of units made available to low-income people.
In the Communities Putting Prevention to Work campaign: CCEJ has joined in partnership with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle in their Food Justice campaign. We are contributing our expertise in community mobilization to ensure a healthy food supply for South Park.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
CCEJ helped to organize the South Park Bridge Action Alliance, composed of South Park residents and their supporters. SPBAA held several meetings to generate public support for keeping the bridge open and for mitigating the damage and pressing for rapid replacement. The campaign succeeded in obtaining commitments for sufficient funding for bridge replacement, but continues to monitor progress.
Currently we are raising funds to hire an executive director to coordinate our volunteer-staffed efforts. With a staff person we could also reach out to citizens of South King County, where many of the people displaced from central Seattle have resettled.