For vulnerable urban communities, displaced wildfire survivors, and many other residents of California, climate change isn’t something that we can put off worrying about for a few years — it is their reality, today. Changing how we approach housing construction, urban infrastructure, and utility management are going to all be key to addressing climate change here in California.
“The latest research projects the Los Angeles region to be 3°F to 4°F warmer by mid-century, creating more frequent and intense heat waves that pose particular risk to Los Angeles’s most vulnerable communities.”
– Union of Concerned Scientists, Preparing for Climate Change Impacts in Los Angeles
In the summer of 2018 we had some of the most intense heat that Los Angeles has ever experienced. And extreme heat kills more people annually across our country than hurricanes, lightning, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, combined.
Last year’s heat wave wasn’t an aberration — it’s the new normal:
“The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998, and the four warmest years on record have all occurred since 2014.”
– Rebecca Lindsey and LuAnn Dahlman, Climate Change: Global Temperature
And it is our most vulnerable communities that bear the brunt of these impacts.
In 2017, California was the 4th largest producer of crude oil in the United States. We must take immediate steps to end this damaging extractive process. Not only does this industry contribute to global climate change, it has immediate impacts on local communities who have had to live with pumping stations in their backyard for decades.
AD53 is home to multiple oil and gas drill sites, including 28 active wells located at 1328 S Hill St, just 2 blocks from the Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center. The ongoing impact of the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak demonstrates how the petroleum industry continues to threaten the health and safety of our community.
California is the largest economy in the United States — larger than all but 4 nations. Our state has been at the vanguard of environmental protection and technological innovation for decades. Our vehicle emission standards set the bar for cars sold all across this country. We must continue to lead the country in combating the effects of climate change.
We cannot continue to conduct business as usual. Addressing the needs of every Californian as we move forward is key to providing true environmental justice, and absolutely fundamental in not simply surviving but thriving as we wrestle with a changing climate.
Our incumbent has taken thousands of dollars from private utilities and fossil fuel companies. There companies have endangered lives, caused massive wildfires, and poured tons of toxic chemicals into our air. Ending urban oil drilling is the goal, we support mandatory setbacks for drilling, revoking leases on state owned land, and robust clean up efforts to restore our environment. Los Angeles needs more than platitudes, we need to transform our economy and that starts by rejecting money from oil and gas companies.
We’re committed to ending the fossil fuel industry’s toxic influence on our politics, that’s why we’re committed to the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. California is on the front line of the climate crisis and we need bold leadership to protect our homes, water, and air.
To learn more about the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, and see who else has signed, please visit: http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/
January 1st and April 1st are both holidays, but no one died for them. May 1st is for us workers.
But we had to fight like hell for it. Originally created to memorialize those killed in the Haymarket strikes it’s an international day of solidarity. We stand together with those who died in Chicago to organize their workplaces, for sustainable wages to support their families, for basic human dignity.
The battle isn’t over. On May Day 2007, LAPD’s Metro Division unleashed havoc on non-violent demonstrators, injuring several with the indiscriminate use of force. 146 projectiles were fired by officers against an unarmed crowd, causing dozens of injuries. We think of this as something that happens in other countries. And it does. That’s why May Day is international workers day.
Larry Itliong lead the first major strikes of farmworkers here in California. The Filipino community organized to demand and win better wages, building bridges to the Mexican farmworkers that also worked the fields. One of the fathers of the west coast labor movement, his legacy is celebrated in Los Angeles and beyond.
Our history is a history of fighting for things that we take for granted: 8 hour work days, 40 hour work weeks, health insurance, workplace safety, minimum wage, and non-discrimination protections. None of these things were given. They were won by the workers and communities that organized in their own defense. And that struggle continues right here in District 53.
Recently Lyft launched its IPO raising $20 billion in one day…and slashed wages for drivers. Thousands of gig economy workers staged a digital strike to protest working conditions, but executives have ignored them. Lyft and Uber demand long hours for low wages and no benefits, lobbying tooth and nail to keep their “contractors” unable to escape the debt trap. They even finance cars at usurious rates, so the less-than-broke can be exploited.
The battleground has changed but the tactics are the same: wealthy bosses exploit workers. They keep them divided and use confusing rhetoric of “opportunity” to disguise their plan. But on May Day we remember. The rideshare union and Larry Itliong both saw injustice and knew whose fault it was. Today we share his mission to build bridges and show the strength of our communities.
Whether they win is up to us. Representatives like Miguel Santiago aren’t seen on the picket line. They might gladhand with bosses or hide in Sacramento. Chris Roth marched with Fight for $15, teachers, and tenants rights organizations. He and thousands of others demanded their rights. He saw the power of solidarity, the message that rings as true as it did in Chicago more than a century ago. Divided we beg, united we win.
Team Chris can’t do this without you. We need you to get involved and spread the word about what we can achieve when we unite:
Today I want to invite you to my campaign, to join my team as we push for the strongest protections for workers and families. Together we will ensure living wages for everyone, healthcare for everyone, and clean power for everyone. Los Angeles is the future, and together we will make it the brightest future possible.
We’ll be at MacArthur Park to celebrate and build solidarity with working Angelenos and we hope to see you out there. Today is the day we celebrate each other to create the world we deserve.
Let’s be bold.