CAMPAIGNS

At YVA we work on many campaigns. Join one that interests you!

In San Francisco, there will be a youth strike speak-out from 10am to Noon outside BlackRock HQ at 400 Howard Street. At noon, there will be a march from BlackRock HQ to a Congressperson’s office (to be announced.)

BlackRock is an investment firm that has funded the destruction of our planet and the oppression of black and brown people. BlackRock has funded the burning of the Amazon, leading to environmental catastrophe and the murder of indigenous people, and have invested in private prisons and detention centers. BlackRock must be held accountable. 

We demand that BlackRock, as the world’s largest investment firm, immediately begin excluding investment in fossil fuels, rainforest destruction and private prisons that hold migrant kids, families and adults.

We demand that our business leaders and elected officials support this divestment from destruction and invest in a Green New Deal in order to create jobs in renewable energy and ecological restoration.

 

The Green New Deal Campaign is an effort to advocate for the implementation of the Green New Deal as national policy. Our campaign has involved protests, block parties, and a press conference. At these events, we explore the potential of the Green New Deal to catalyze a just transition and avert the worst impacts of climate change. We have taken our message directly to elected representatives by protesting at Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein’s offices and discussing the Green New Deal with Pelosi’s staff and Feinstein herself.

The No Coal In The Bay Campaign is an effort to draw attention to the disastrous effects of coal exports from Oakland and Richmond. This is a massive human health issue that disproportionately impacts various marginalized communities in Oakland through what can be described as environmental racism. YVA’s Campaign is based on the urgent need to block coal imports by showing the public the true cost of coal.

#divestCalSTRS

Most California public school teachers have no idea that CalSTRS, their pension fund, invests over $6 billion in the fossil fuel industry. It is extremely ironic that teachers, who spend their careers preparing their students for the future, have a retirement that is invested in the destruction of their students’ future and is also a financial risk to their pension.

We must show CalSTRS that they cannot silence the youth and keep teachers from knowing what is happening in their boardroom and about their $6 billion investments that are funding a climate catastrophe. Since CalSTRS is the largest teachers’ pension fund in the country, what happens in California can have a tremendous impact globally.

Our Last Chance: Protect CA from Big Oil

 In the name of our health and future, we need the Governor take action now and side with us, the people, over fossil fuel CEOs.

Governor Newsom has the executive authority to not only address this crisis, but also set a global standard for climate leadership prioritizing justice and equity for young people, frontline communities and workers at every stage of the process.

 

BlackRock’s Big Problem

BlackRock is the largest investor driving new coal plant development, it is the largest investor in oil and gas, and the largest investor in companies driving deforestation.

BlackRock is a structural force in our economy with the power to guide the flow of trillions of dollars in investment capital, therefore, If we want to have a shot at tackling the climate crisis, BlackRock must stop pouring money into the destruction of our climate and communities.

 

Don’t Dredge SF Bay

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced an alarming plan to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay whose sole purpose is to enable oil tankers to move greater amounts of crude to and from Bay Area refineries.  A short description of the project is here.  The Army Corps is co-sponsoring the project with the Port of Stockton, and Contra Costa County and the Western States Petroleum Association are listed as project partners.