The Environmental Health and Justice Campaign

Join the movement to use your voice for social and environmental justice in our communities.

 

We are the Margin of Victory

EHJC educates, organizes and advocates for candidates, policies and initiatives that protect public health, the environment and that promote social and environmental justice.

 

2016 - A Year of Victory

In 2016, every ballot measure EHJC endorsed went our way - including the election of District 9 City Councilmember Georgette Gomez. Thank you for using your voice to bring our communities one step closer to #healthyhoods.

About Us

Environmental Health & Justice Campaign is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit organization. EHJC empowers low-income communities of color to build power by increasing voter turnout through effective civic engagement campaigns. EHJC educates, organizes and advocates for candidates, policies and initiatives that protect public health, the environment and that promote social and environmental justice.

Contact us at 619-474-0220 for more information.

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2020 Candidate Endorsements

Georgette Gomez for United States Congress, District 53

EHJC is proud to endorse Georgette Gomez for United States Congress, District 53.

The daughter of working-class immigrants, Georgette learned at an early age the importance of giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate. After attending Serra High and graduating from SDSU, Georgette dedicated her career and volunteer time to make our communities better places to live and raise families.

The first LGBTQ Latina elected San Diego City Council President, Georgette’s legislative accomplishments include expanding affordable housing, strengthening protections for low-income renters, leading the implementation of San Diego’s landmark Climate Action Plan and delivering millions in new funding for community priorities including street repairs, parks, and libraries.

A longtime community organizer, Georgette is a former associate director of the Environmental Health Coalition, where she led the Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign to protect kids from lead paint and keep polluting industries out of residential communities. Earlier in her career, Georgette worked as a victims’ advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

If elected to Congress, we know Georgette will continue being a champion for Environmental Justice, investing in public transit and infrastructure and access to clean air and water for all, just as she was on City Council, as Council President and as Chair of MTS.

Learn more about Georgette Gomez

Todd Gloria for Mayor of San Diego

EHJC is proud to endorse Todd Gloria’s candidacy for Mayor of San Diego.

As a San Diego City Councilmember Todd consistently supported the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update, aimed at separating polluting businesses from homes, and improving neighborhood health, economic development and overall quality of life.

As Interim Mayor, Todd developed a legally enforceable Climate Action Plan that included the first equity element requiring the city to take action in the most impacted communities.

In 2019, he introduced AB 423, legislation to reform the governing board of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and make it more accountable, transparent, and reflect the diversity of San Diego County residents.

In addition to his commitment to achieving environmental justice in San Diego, EHJC recognized Todd Gloria for his mayoral platform priorities to tackle the city’s most pressing problems including homelessness, lack of affordable housing for working families, and income inequality.

Click here to learn more about Todd.

Read our full press release.

Nora Vargas and Rafael Castellanos
for County Supervisor

Rafael and Nora have both shown a commitment to the principles of environmental and social justice throughout their careers. EHJC admires their support of community residents impacted by environmental injustices and health hazards.

At the Port of San Diego, Rafael has stood with Environmental Justice Communities on many issues. He listened to community members to support a reduced expansion of the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal that would have less impact on neighboring communities while still creating new jobs. He also chairs the Port’s Environment Committee and he took the lead in getting an increase in the percentage of funding that goes to the Maritime Industrial Impact Fund to benefit adjacent communities.

Nora Vargas is a product of South Bay public schools and for more than 20 years has worked tirelessly to break down barriers and promote opportunities in our communities. In her role as Vice President of Community & Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Nora has championed and expanded healthcare services, women’s reproductive rights and health education for youth and families. Nora has sat on numerous boards and commissions, including Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and Run Women Run.

Voter Information

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Use your voice and your vote in elections to support candidates and policies that will help us work to improve our quality of life. Here are some helpful resources for voters.

Register to vote by following this link: Voter Registration

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

You can decide to register to vote absentee and submit your ballot early so that you do not have to go to the polls on election day.

  • Any voter may receive a mail ballot for any election. To apply for a permanent mail ballot, sign up here.
  • Your voting materials will be automatically mailed to you approximately 29 days before each election.
  • Once you complete your absentee ballot you can drop it in a mailbox, with no postage needed.
  • If you have not mailed it in by election day, you are encouraged to complete it, put it in the envelope provided, and drop it off to any polling location in the county you are registered in.

ELECTION DAY

If you are voting at the polls on election day, here are a few tips to make your day successful:

  1. Check your registration status with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. If you moved or need to register to vote for any reason, you can do that here.
  2. Read up on candidates and ballot measures.
  3. Know your polling location. If you don’t know your polling location, visit the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to find out where you vote. Plan accordingly to make sure you have enough time to complete your ballot.
  4. Make a voting plan. Decide what time you will be voting on election day. Secure a babysitter or take shifts with other parents so everyone can take the time to vote.
  5. Know your voting rights. For instance, if you are not on the list of registered voters or someone asks for your ID, you have options. Before you go, read the rights every voter has in California.
  6. You can take a sample ballot or a list of candidates with you to the polling locations. You can even bring in an endorsement list, just as long as that item you have does not contain any campaign advertisements.
  7. If you need help voting, you are allowed to have a family member, a friend or caregiver in the booth to assist you.
  8. If you are unsure about something on your ballot, ask for assistance from an election official. Do not be embarrassed to ask for help.
  9. Don’t feel rushed. Take your time when you enter the voting booth.
  10. Be prepared to stand in line. There is a good chance you will be standing in line at some polling locations in order to vote.

Remember, you can always contact EHJC if you have any questions by calling (619) 474-0220 or emailing Franco for more information. Make sure you get out to vote and encourage your neighbors to do the same.