For Immediate Release: June 11, 2021
We Are Home Campaign and Chispa Host Roundtable Discussion With Energy Secretary Granholm
Roundtable focused on effects of environmental injustice and its impacts on immigrant communities
Las Vegas, NV –On Thursday June 10th, Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm participated in a roundtable with Nevada leaders and community members to discuss the ongoing impact of climate change, environmental injustices and injustices in our immigration system. The roundtable, coordinated by the We Are Home campaign and Chispa Nevada of the League of Conservation Voters, centered the voices of impacted people from DACA recipients, to local leaders of the AAPI community, to discuss the intersection of climate and immigrant justice and the ongoing efforts to address inequities, including the need for a path to citizenship.
Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director for the We Are Home Campaign issued the following statement:
“The We Are Home campaign thanks Sec. Granholm for making space for the voices of Nevadans most impacted by climate change. We understand that our issues are connected, and that our fight for climate justice must be included in our fight for citizenship to undocumented immigrants. We are encouraged that the roundtable included voices of DACA recipients, young Nevadans who show the state at its best, but who remain in status limbo and unable to become citizens of the country they call home.”
Rudy Zamora, Chispa Nevada Program Director, League of Conservation Voters issued the following statement:
“For years we have fought tirelessly to protect communities in Nevada from the worst air pollution in the country, along with the dreadful impact of extreme weather in the state. The American Jobs Plan is an opportunity to help us reach that goal. It includes transformational investments in clean energy and infrastructure with environmental justice at the heart of it. Now is not the time for half measures, our communities can’t wait any longer. We need Congress to act now.”
We Are Home is a nationwide campaign to fight for immigrant communities on three fronts: prioritizing and demanding a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America; a moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement; and broad affirmative relief from deportation. We Are Home is co-chaired by Community Change/Community Change Action; National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)/Care in Action; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); United Farm Workers/UFW Foundation; and United We Dream.