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May 14: Real Climate Leadership for California

By Sandy Emerson | May 9, 2018

On May 14, a panel of movement leaders asks California to show real climate leadership, ahead of September’s Global Climate Action Summit. Can California become the first major economy to go completely fossil free? Join community and movement leaders to discuss how California can be a global model for how to transition from a major oil-producing…

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Activists Call for SF Public Bank

Activists Pressure SF for Divestment, Public Bank

By Sandy Emerson | May 1, 2018

Activists are putting pressure on San Francisco both to divest its pension funds from fossil fuels, and to create a public bank. On April 11, San Francisco’s SFERS pension fund took a few more steps toward divesting from fossil fuels, as promised after the special meeting of January 24, when more than 100 activists publicly called…

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May 7: Dump Chase Bank – Day of Action

By Sandy Emerson | April 24, 2018

On May 7, activists from Fossil Free California and Indivisible Berkeley will join with Raging Grannies, Occupella and Tax the Rich as part of a national Day of Action Against Chase convened by 350 Seattle.  The informational event (tabling, singing) begins at 4:30 pm in front of the Oaks Theater at the top of Solano Ave., directly across…

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May 1: Break Up With Your Bank Day in Berkeley

By Sandy Emerson | April 24, 2018

On April 24, the Berkeley City Council proclaimed May 1, 2018 “Break Up With Your Bank Day” as a way to encourage residents to move their money to socially and environmentally responsible banks. As Mayor Jesse Arreguin said in a recent newsletter, “The goal is to spur Berkeley residents to stop doing business with banks that…

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Protest Megabanks Fossil Fuels Investments

Upcoming FFCA Events around the Bay

By Sandy Emerson | April 15, 2018

Tues., May 1 is Break Up with your Bank Day in Berkeley, by official City of Berkeley proclamation. Does your Big Bank support pipelines, prisons, guns, fossil fuels, and other unhealthy activities? You can MOVE YOUR MONEY to a socially responsible bank or credit union To find out more, stop by our tables on Tuesday, May 1: …

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Ben Allen

SB 964 Clears its First Hurdle

By Janet Cox | April 12, 2018

On Monday, April 9, the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed SB 964, Fossil Free California’s bill authored by Sen. Ben Allen, 5-3 on a party line vote. The bill will require CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider “climate-related financial risk,” as defined, when making investment decisions—and to report to the public on climate risk…

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Dan Brotman addressing crowd in Glendale

A Big Win in Glendale: Gas Plant Expansion on Hold

By Janet Cox | April 12, 2018

On Tuesday (or more precisely 3 am Wednesday morning) the Glendale City Council voted 4-1 to delay action on expanding the Grayson gas-fired power plant for 90 days, while investigating clean energy alternatives through a Request for Information (RFI) process. Here’s the LA Times’ coverage of the meeting. This is a big win for Fossil…

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Divest the UC system

Pledge to Divest the UC System – but When?

By Sandy Emerson | April 6, 2018

Climate activists celebrated the report from a March 13 investment subcommittee meeting that UC CIO Jagdeep Singh Bachher has again pledged to divest the UC system from fossil fuels. 

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Xavier Becerra: Missing on Climate

By Janet Cox | April 6, 2018

Doesn’t the AG, and the state, have a dog in this fight? At 8 am on March 21, a Wednesday morning, two federal District Court courtrooms in San Francisco were jammed with lawyers, scientists, journalists, and climate activists—and more people were lined up down the hall, eager to listen to five occasionally riveting hours of…

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Big News! Our bill, SB 560, is back as SB 964

By Janet Cox | March 28, 2018

The Bill Formerly Known as SB 560, abandoned in the deep freeze (aka the Senate Appropriations Committee’s suspense file) last spring, is back, thanks to a combination of Ben Allen’s staff’s steadfast dedication to the environment and the arcane rules of the state legislature. The bill: As you may recall, SB 560 and the new SB 964 define “climate-related financial risk”…

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