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Moving Vulnerable Communities from Surviving to Thriving, Part 5
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Moving Vulnerable Communities from Surviving to Thriving, Part 5

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Transitioning Out of a Toxic, Unsustainable Industry


[02:09] An introduction to José T Bravo.

[02:32] José describes the mission and goal of Just Transition Alliance.

[03:40] What are the goals of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition and Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE)?

[04:35] José explains what green chemistry is.

[05:38] José tells why the gathering at the 2016 National Training & Resources Summit to Revitalize Vulnerable Communities was significant.

[06:29] José shares if measurable progress is being made in addressing the environmental and public-health challenges that vulnerable communities are facing.

[07:33] Was there an avenue for the voice of impacted communities and workers to be a part of the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) reform process?

[08:22] José explains the message he brought to the Summit, from his stakeholder perspective.

[10:16] José states what he was hoping to accomplish when he co-lead at the Summit.

[11:08] José shares about the consumer campaign that Just Transition Alliance is helping to lead.

[13:32] José conveys why we should all be working toward addressing the disproportionate impact of pollution and health threats to vulnerable communities and workers.

[14:35] José provides one change that would lead to safer, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[15:51] José states the action listeners can take to help build a more safe, equitable, and sustainable future.

[16:29] José shares what chemical and toxic exposure looks like 30 years from now.


José T Bravo is the Executive Director of the Just Transition Alliance. José is a leader in Californian and national chemicals policy reform work, and Green Chemistry as a member of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE). CHANGE is an alliance of health, environmental, labor, resource organizations and EJ organizations throughout California. Also, José is on the steering committee of the State Alliance for Federal Reform of Chemicals Policy (SAFER). SAFER is an alliance of organizations in key states working to create a pre-market testing system and regulation for all chemicals. José works directly with Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities and Labor (Organized and Unorganized). His work in social justice issues is rooted in his upbringing in the Southern California farm fields alongside both his parents. José has also worked on immigrant rights issues since his days as a student organizer in the 80s to the present. José has participated in the EJ movement since 1990 and over the years he has gained recognition as a national and international leader in the movement. José also serves on the board of Communities for a Better Environment.

The Just Transition Alliance was founded in 1997 as a coalition of environmental justice and labor organizations. Together with frontline workers, and community members who live along the fence-line of polluting industries, the Just Transition Alliance creates healthy workplaces and communities. They focus on contaminated sites that should be cleaned up, and on the transition to clean production and sustainable economies. The Just Transition Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization based in San Diego, California.


“For the first time, we were able to go and talk about what a regional economy looks like, what a safe job should look like, what a community-driven infrastructure should be looking like, and it’s so important to involve the communities in what goes in those communities.”

“We tested 164 products. We found products…earrings for children, targeted to children, with over 4,000 parts per million of lead…At least 81% of the 164 products that we tested had one chemical of concern or more.”

“…this is also putting us in a position – in an environmental justice position – that many of these chemicals are actually made in our communities, they’re put into products in our communities, they’re sold back to our communities, and they’re also dumped back in our communities. So we get a multi-fold of impact while many communities, many white communities primarily, they do have access to dollar stores, but, at the same time, they don’t have the whole myriad of impact that they pose in an environmental justice community.”

“What we believe in the environmental justice movement is that if our communities are safer, society as a whole in the United States will be safer because we share and we put up with the disproportionate burden.”


2016 National Training & Resources Summit to Revitalize Vulnerable Communities –Moving Communities from Surviving to Thriving

Just Transition Alliance

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