Now available in print and PDF formats.
Edited by M. Paloma Pavel, PhD, with the Breakthrough Communities Team
Foreword by Carl Anthony
In the face of global crisis and in response to California’s leadership
in the field of global warming, climate justice advocates and organizations
in California are writing a new chapter in the struggle for social justice.
We are living at a critical moment in planetary evolution. After four hundred
generations, the period of the Earth’s stable climate is ending. The evidence
of this change is now widely documented: melting polar ice caps, sea level
rise, extreme weather events and widespread flooding and drought.
The runaway economy itself is in crisis, driven by the myopic short-term goals of the world’s largest corporations in pursuit of private profit. The majority of the world’s people are living in poverty, being uprooted and forced away from the land and into the cities in search of livelihoods. Already at risk, these populations are placed in greater danger by the current global climate crises. In response, a global climate justice movement is emerging, demanding fairness in the distribution of the benefits and burdens of climate change processes.
This book presents the highlights of what the San Francisco Bay Area Six Big Wins Coalition accomplished and a brief summary of our planning efforts. After many letter writing campaigns, power analyses, turn-out sessions for public meetings, a highlight of the process came when we introduced the Equity, Environment and Jobs scenario into the regional planning debate. This was a major accomplishment. Social justice advocates had never before created a unified transportation and land use plan for achieving equity throughout the nine-county region. Our scenario called for greater investment in operating local transit services, increased allocation of affordable housing in transit-connected suburban communities of opportunity, and a regional grant program creating incentives for local cities to zone for affordable housing and implement protections against displacement.
This book presents a rare opportunity to see and understand how grassroots groups from historically disenfranchised communities perceived the challenges of California Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375 and how they responded and rose to the challenges, bringing about breakthroughs in public policy. The work undertaken by individuals and groups on the front lines, over a three-year period is recounted in their own voices—with passion and enthusiasm, with the knowledge and authority of communities that have been working collaboratively on a range of issues for a long time.
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On November 9, 2016, Maria Shriver posted a Facebook video review of Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, co-written by Paloma Pavel, Director of Earth House Center. Click the image below to watch the video.
A message to you all. What I've Been Thinking today…Posted by Maria Shriver on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Human Kindness: Waking Up In Tough Times
By Aaron Ableman — December 19, 2016 — Huffington Post
In the chaos of the US election, the Syrian war and global ecosystems collapse, my partner and I had our first child. No, I’m not joking. Not 10 days after the election polls closed and the proverbial “stork” arrived carrying our new girl in its wings. But when the innocent kindness in her eyes probed deep into my heart, I felt a new faith in … well, everything! With every breath, the matrix of violence and corruption fell away like Neo when he saw through the physical world to the truth behind existence. This baby was medicine in sick times, a symbol for the unexpected rise of love in a predictably falling world.
The days after she was born, I asked myself: how can this world carry so much suffering and so much joy all at once? In the face of untold fears, will I choose kindness or despair? Deep down, I knew that I no longer had the luxury of giving up on the world or hiding away until someone else plays the hero. There was a whole new responsibility (and motivation) for busting through the concrete of hopelessness like a resilient flower on the edge of a trucker’s highway. I went searching for others who were also emerging to see through this time of great “emergency”.
Produced by Paloma Pavel for Alameda County Medical Center
This video, produced for the California Department of Health, introduces a “systems” approach toward health improvement. A narrow emphasis on medical issues only, to give just one example, would not reveal that a lack of grocery stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables in a given neighborhood, will effect the long term health of the residents of that neighborhood. Narrated by Carl Anthony. Produced and directed by Paloma Pavel.
|In the center of the storm.|
Photo: U.S. Navy
The “Voices from the Storm” performance and event at Oakland Tech, March 17 at 7PM, brings life to the stories of communities of color that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Check out the Katrina Bill of Rights, from our archives, put out by the African-American Leadership Project: http://ow.ly/Zybmr This document demands that the restoration of our cities equitably involve and include displaced communities of color.
Currently, we are working with the Resilient Communities Initiative to prepare for the effects of climate change in the Bay Area. In particular, we are learning about levies and other infrastructure being adapted for future sea level rise in vulnerable and underserved communities.
For further information about natural disasters, city planning, and race, stay tuned for Carl’s forthcoming book, “The Earth, The City and the Hidden Narrative of Race”
More info about the event in our newsletter: http://ow.ly/Zy9rO
Also,please join us for an arts and culture dialogue after the “Voices from the Storm” event, meet Carl and learn about how these themes are connected to his forthcoming book.
February 9th-15th, 2015, was National Random Acts of Kindness Week, and February 17th celebrated Random Kindness day. This year we have launched the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty. The re-release of the book is accompanied by our global Random Kindness Community Resilience Project, building justice and resilience throughout vulnerable communities in the face of climate change. Book proceeds go to climate and nuclear refugees from Fukushima.
Time: 8:00-10:30 am
Location: St. Theresa Little Flower Catholic Church, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland
Sheila Jordan has been a courageous champion for the Free Bus Pass for Youth of Alameda County, helping to win $15 million of Transportation Expenditure Plan funds for Youth Bus Passes. Genesis will be honoring Sheila’s vision and hard work to provide at-risk students and all students the tools they need to build productive lives.
We invite you to join with Genesis in the celebration of our community visionary leader, Sheila Jordan. Breakthrough Communities is deeply inspired by the work of the Gamaliel foundation nationally, and its regional affiliate, Genesis. For more information on these remarkable organizations, visit:
Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, PhD
Co-Founders, Breakthrough Communities
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Communities for a Better Environment assists residents of Richmond, Calif., (and other communities) in their efforts to fight air pollution from a large nearby oil refinery. Their efforts were recognized in a 2002 Ford Foundation report titled, “Sustainable Solutions.”
Part of the Ford Foundation’s Sustainable Solutions video.
Produced and directed by Paloma Pavel. 2002.
Executive Producers: Carl Anthony and Urban Habitat Program
*Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength
2005 — 28 minutes
MOSES Producer: Victoria Kovari
EARTH HOUSE PRODUCTION SUPPORT TEAM:
Producer: Paloma Pavel — Videographer: Richard Butler
and Earth House Staff
Video on Web by Earth House, Oakland