Environmental Justice Program

Environmental justice guarantees equally high levels of environmental protection for all people – regardless of race, color, national origin, or income. The development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws and policies can protect a sustainable community from hazardous and polluting industries located predominantly in its neighborhood.

Our environmental justice work began with a chance meeting between the Godmother of Bayview-Hunters Point, Espanola Jackson, and Brightline founder Joshua Arce on April 16, 2007. Jackson and Arce spoke for 2 hours on the phone that night and in short time Brightline would join Ms. Jackson's long-shot effort to "Stop The Peakers".

Brightline Announces the Dr. Espanola Jackson Fellowship
Posted Thu, Mar 31, 2016
An environmental justice (EJ) non-profit founded in 2005, Brightline proudly presents the Dr. Espanola Jackson Postgraduate Legal Fellowship to begin in late summer 2016. A longtime community leader often known as “the Godmother of Bayview-Hunters Point,” Dr. Espanola Jackson
Brightline Joins Midtown Residents And ALRP To File The Biggest Rent Control Petition In San Francisco History
Posted Wed, Feb 05, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- On Monday, January 3, residents of Midtown Park Apartments, joined by civil rights nonprofit Brightline Defense, legal services provider AIDS Legal Referral Panel and over 50 supporters, filed the biggest rent control petition in the history of the City and County of San Francisco. The petition reques...
It's Over: Potrero Power Plant Closes For Good On January 1, 2011
Posted Tue, Dec 21, 2010
The December 21, 2010 announcement that San Francisco's polluting Potrero Power Plant would shut down by the end of the year was as much a cause for celebration as it was a reason to recount the twists and turns that it took to finally shutter the city's last fossil fuel-burning commercial power plant. For many years, ...
State Regulator Finally Agrees To Close Entire Potrero Power Plant In 2010
Posted Wed, Jan 13, 2010
Cal-ISO Letter To Mayor Gavin Newsom Carries The News That Community Leaders, Environmentalists, And Elected Officials Have Sought For Years

January 13, 2010, San Francisco, CA—Yesterday, from a secluded office park in a remote corner of Folsom where a little-known quasi-regulatory agency called the California I...
Senator Leland Yee Tells Cal-ISO To Shut Down The Potrero Power Plant
Posted Thu, Oct 29, 2009
Senator Leland Yee has joined the groundswell of elected officials calling for Cal-ISO to allow San Francisco to shut down the aging, polluting, and redundant Potrero Power Plant. Senator Yee urges Cal-ISO to shut down and stresses that "San Francisco has waited too long to see the Potrero plant closed."



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Environmental Justice Journal
Emerald Cities Collaborative

Brief History Of The Potrero Power Plant Debate
Posted Sun, Feb 01, 2009
Environmental Justice

Policy Paper On Asbestos Existence And Disturbance In El Dorado Hills
Posted Tue, Jun 05, 2007
Environmental Justice

What Is Cal-ISO?
· Sat, Jan 23, 2010

Letter to Cal-ISO re Potrero Power Plant
· Mon, Sep 14, 2009

No New Power Plants Campaign Review
· Tue, Sep 01, 2009

Out With The Old - Southeastern San Francisco Celebrates The End Of The Potrero Power Plant
Posted Wed, Dec 29, 2010
(SF Bay Guardian)

Newsom's Power Play
Posted Wed, Jun 11, 2008
(SF Bay Guardian)

Powerful Coalition - Letter To The Editor
Posted Tue, Jun 10, 2008
(SF Chronicle)

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