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Announcing the 2017 Anthony Grassroots Prize Winner

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is pleased to announce Regina Chichizola as the winner of the 2017 Anthony Grassroots Prize, an annual $1,000 Earth Day award recognizing an outstanding example of grassroots environmental stewardship. Orleans activist Regina Chichizola is a dedicated volunteer advocate for wild salmon and environmental justice for Tribal communities.

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Tools for the Future

The Humbolt Institute and our grantee FutureWise have both published reports that focus on cities. Cities and urbanization are a big concern of the future as they contribute to many global issues such as disease, sanitation, and climate change.

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Northern California Grassroots Fund Deadline Application Materials Due by 5:00 PM May 1

The deadline for the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund is approaching on May 1rst. Our Grassroots Fund supports small groups on the front lines of environmental issues, addressing toxic pollution, sustainable agriculture and more. Click the title above for full eligibility criteria and more information.

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New Voices fellow Javier Mejia-Cuenca stood up for what he believed is right. On a trip to Sacramento with our New Voices Are Rising coordinator Carlos Zambrano, he lobbied for Senate Bill 5 (SB5). SB5 would provide funding for disadvantaged communities who do not have access to recreational spaces. Furthermore, this bill provides funds for the state to employ green flood control methods, such as rain gardens and storm water ponds. These improvements give space for runoff to collect safely and provide habitat for plants.

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It Is All About Water and Environmental Health in Our Communities A visit to our grantees in Southern California

In February, Grants Associate Laura Fernandez had the opportunity to visit the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area to check out the wonderful work of some of our community partners and grantees. The three organizations she met with, the Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, and the Central Coast Alliance Untied for a Sustainable Economy all bring a vibrant community voice to water quality issues in Los Angeles, Riverside and Ventura counties, and emphasize community involvement in clean water policy and regulation.

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The 2017 Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy Application is now open!

The application for the 2017 Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy is now open! Apply Now! Applications are due Friday April 21.

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Join Our Team The Rose Foundation is now looking for a new Development & Communications Manager

Do you care deeply about environmental conservation, social justice and youth leadership? Do you have at least three years experience in fundraising, communications and data management, and are seeking a career-track opportunity in development? Join the Rose Foundation’s close-knit team and help us tell our story to institutional funders, individual donors, and community members. Competitive salary, great benefits, and bike and transit-friendly office in downtown Oakland.

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Announcing the 2017 GTI Grantees We have selected 5 outstanding organizations for a unique training opportunity

Grassroots environmental groups often over flow with passion, but struggle to get access to tech support, HR and other skills. The GTI helps grassroots organizations gain access to skills that help organizations expand to act as greater agents of change. Brown Girl Surf, Farms to Grow, Growing Together, Conservation Action Fund for Education, and SPAWNERS have all been selected to take part in the Grassroots Training Institute GTI.

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Greenaction Calls for Justice:

Stung by whistleblower allegations of falsified soil samples measuring radiation at the closed Hunters Point Shipyard, the Navy hired a new firm to recheck the data. But the new firm, CH2M Hill, was at the center of a similar controversy over faked asbestos samples 10 years ago. Community members have the right to demand accurate and responsible monitoring of significant environmental problems, and the pressure is now on the Navy, the City of San Francisco, and the master developer, Lennar, to either verify the data or retest. Congratulations to Rose Foundation grantee, Greenaction, for providing technical assistance to the community and keeping the pubic spotlight shining on this unfolding environmental health threat.

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No Coal in Oakland Our New Voices are Rising Interns attend the No Coal in Oakland Rally

This Tuesday, March 7, our New Voices are Rising intern, Javier Meija-Cuenca (second from left), gave a speech at the No Coal in Oakland rally. He joined demonstrators flocking to Downtown Oakland to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and Phil Tagami’s lawsuit against the Oakland City Council’s 2016 ban on shipping and storing coal in the city. Tagami hopes to overturn Oakland’s ban on coal transports that prevented his company, Oakland Bulk Oversized Terminal, from building a terminal to ship Utah coal to Asia.

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