Resolution To Support The Creation Of A Healthy Environment For All People

RESOLUTION 15-08.04

Resolution To Support The Creation Of A Healthy Environment For All People

WHEREAS, all people have the right to a safe and healthy environment in which to work, play and worship; and

WHEREAS, established California law (commonly known as AB 857) requires the state to develop land use policy consistent with state planning priorities that “promote equity, strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and promote public health in the state,” but not yet address and prevent planning practices that result in the disproportionate exposure of low-income communities to polluting and toxic land uses; and

WHEREAS, these low-income communities, usually people of color, migrants, non-English speakers, tribes and other vulnerable populations, often bear a heavy burden of toxic and polluting land uses in and around their neighborhoods when freeways, landfills, industrial and heavy commercial facilities, hazardous waste facilities and disposal sites are concentrated in the areas in which they live, causing harm to their physical and mental health; then

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party calls upon the state of California to include in its planning practices and priorities the advancement of the health and safety of the residents of low-income communities while at the same time encouraging the improvement and development of California’s industrial base and infrastructure so as to ensure safe living conditions and good jobs for all California workers.

Sponsored by CDP Region 8; Fresno Stonewall Democrats; Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley; San Joaquin Valley Democratic Club; Kings County Democratic Club, Blue Wave; Democratic Women of Kern; Desert Bones Democratic Club; et al.

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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