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The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a new collaborative of community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, socially and economically just transition away from unsustainable energy and false solutions to climate change. Fostering healthy, resilient communities will help to address the root causes of climate change while enabling us to adapt to the impacts already underway. CJA's members are rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latin@, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the U.S. We are applying the power of deep grassroots organizing, direct action, coalition building, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and a variety of communications tools to win local, regional, statewide, and national shift. CJA is launching a national Our Power Campaign to win real solutions to the climate crisis – solutions that will foster quality jobs that meet people's needs while caring for natural resources and ecosystems. We are flexing Our Power at the local, regional, and state levels and building to affect national policy to bring about a just transition. We are launching the campaign in three pilot 'Hot Spots:' Detroit, Michigan; Richmond, California; and Black Mesa, Arizona. They are a racially and ethnically diverse mix of rural and urban communities, and are home to key grassroots groups poised to take on the extreme energy economy driving climate change.
CJA seeks to catalyze a broad-based, scalable campaign for transition away from industries that undermine the well-being of human communities and environmental systems - like dirty energy (or as we call it, "extreme" energy), industrial-scale manufacturing and agribusiness – and towards local energy, food, water, transit, waste, and housing systems that foster equity, democracy, and community resilience. The campaign will support local organizing through peer-exchange, trainings, direct action and coalition work to advance policies to end extreme energy and promote climate- protecting jobs.