For May 5, 2016

Central Valley Residents to Take Action for Climate Justice at Capitol

Media Contact:  

Juan Flores, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment,, (661) 709-2292
Madeline Stano, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment,, (510) 821-4764

Sacramento, CA — This week marks the launch of Break Free – a historic wave of actions around the globe to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate the just transition to a 100% renewable energy economy. As part of this global platform, residents from Kern County are taking action at the Capitol on May 5.

The action will target Governor Brown, who has denied numerous requests to visit the Central Valley and address the mostly Latino and farmworker communities dealing with the health impacts of oil and gas drilling (including hydraulic fracturing). Important leaders in this movement will take action inside the capital and be joined by residents of Kern County in solidarity and prayer, invoking the revolutionary spirit of Cinco De Mayo.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 11:00 am PST

WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA (1315 10th Street)

WHO: Activists from the Central Valley, the Center on Race Poverty and the Environment, and Former UFW leader and current Assistant Director to the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, Lupe Martinez, almond farmer Tom Frantz and Clean Water Fund organizer Rosanna Esparza, PhD.

WHAT: Community residents from Kern County where 95% of the state’s fracking occurs will be asking Governor Brown to end dangerous extraction in California and break free from fossil fuels.

WHY: California is the third largest oil producing state in the U.S. Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is booming in California’s low income, rural communities, who are already overburdened by poor air and water quality issues. Extreme extraction techniques impact our water sources and climate. Governor Brown wants to be a climate leader, but his support for the oil industry and dangerous extraction techniques such as fracking, shows where he really stands on climate, environment, and communities on the frontlines.

VISUALS: Photos will be available to download on the day of the action here and will be posted on social media with #StandwithKern.