Senator Bill Monning with water activists Sandra Garcia, Lucy Hernandez, Jose Gurrola, and Ruben Becerra.
Community Water Center is proud to share that we are hosting our fifth annual Water Justice Leadership Awards in Sacramento this February.
The celebration will include delicious food and drinks prepared by Mayahuel and a short program honoring our 2019 Water Justice Leadership Awardees. We will also be inviting our grassroots base, local and statewide partners, elected officials and others to the event to celebrate with us.
Your sponsorship is tax deductible: Community Water Center is a 501(c)(3), Tax ID: 80-0267674.
WHENFebruary 19, 2019 at 5:30pm$25.00 USDWHEREMayahuel
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Inauguration of Gavin Newsom is an Opportunity for California to Finally Attain Human Right to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water
SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2019
CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170
INAUGURATION OF GAVIN NEWSOM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
CALIFORNIA TO FINALLY ATTAIN HUMAN RIGHT TO SAFE, AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER
Sacramento, CA – Today the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Dan Howells, California State Director of Clean Water Action, on the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California:
“Governor Gavin Newsom takes office at a time when California’s moral leadership and unparalleled potential are clouded by our failure to deliver the essential human right of safe and affordable drinking water to one million Californians.
“The fact that communities of color face the highest risk from unsafe water is a situation Governor Newsom recently and strongly declared is ‘unbecoming of who we are and what we stand for.’ Representing a broad coalition of community water advocates and economic justice groups, we stand ready and willing with proven solutions. What is needed to implement those solutions – indeed, what is long overdue – is a permanent funding commitment from the state towards providing universal access to safe drinking water.
“Seven years after California declared access to safe and affordable drinking water is a human right, 2019 must be the year we meet this mandate and Governor Newsom’s challenge, ‘We own this, we’ve got to fix this.’ We look forward to working with the Governor and new Legislature to make the right to safe taps and school drinking fountains a reality.”
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Water Programs Intern
Jo is a senior engineering major at Santa Clara University. She has joined the CWC as an intern through her Hackworth fellowship with Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to explore the ethical dimensions of access to clean drinking water. She will be conducting market research on point-of-use treatment devices and their monitoring technology, as well as assisting the Watsonville office in their community water programs. She is excited to spend her last two quarters in college working this internship with the CWC.
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Martha, a student at High Tech Elementary in San Diego, was inspired by learning that people around the world don’t have access to clean water. As a class project, she was assigned to write about someone she sees as a revolutionary. Choosing to focus on California’s drinking water fight, she chose to highlight CWC’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda for her role in the water justice movement. See her short story on Susana below!
My name is Maria Rivera-Alvarado and most of my experience has been in Accounting. I used to work in the tax industry preparing personal and small business income taxes, while also handing all of the bookkeeping. When I became a mom, my career interests shifted towards more mission-driven and environmental organizations. I had the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization that supports grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health for about two years as an Accounting Assistant. I moved to the Sacramento area in 2018 and began working for the Community Water Center as a Program Associate.
Sacramento Office, (916) 706-3346
Title: Community Organizer
Organization: Community Water Center
Location: Serving communities in the Northern Central Coast based in Watsonville, CA
Community Water Center (CWC) acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy. We seek to build and enhance leadership capacity and local community power around water issues, create a statewide movement for water justice alongside low-income communities and communities of color who do not have access to safe, clean and affordable water. CWC’s vision is for all communities to have access safe, clean, and affordable water. Community Water Center also currently has offices in Visalia and Sacramento.
The Center employs three primary strategies in order to accomplish our goals:
- Educate, organize, and provide capacity building assistance to low-income communities and communities of color facing local water challenges.
- Advocate for systemic change to address the root causes of unsafe drinking water.
- Serve as a resource for information and expertise on community water challenges.
At CWC, we believe that safe, clean, and affordable water is a human right, not a privilege. Our organizing and advocacy work, community collaborations, and organizational culture all reflect a concern for equity, mutual respect, appreciation for diversity, and environmental and social justice. We are looking for candidates who share our values, who bring a willingness to contribute to our mission and to the growth of a new organization, and who are open to developing their skills.
The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). All employees at CWC are “at will.” This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Community Solutions, Heather Lukacs and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.
Organizing and Base-Building:
- Engage, train, and support local community leaders and advocates from low-income communities and communities of color throughout the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas as part of CWC’s local-, regional- and state-level organizing and advocacy campaigns
- Coordinate community engagement planning, logistics, and outreach for community advocacy days in Sacramento and actions throughout the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas.
- Coordinate community meetings and activities, including developing meeting agendas, facilitating meetings, and doing preparation and follow-up work with community partners.
- Coordinate planning and outreach for candidate forums.
- Support press conferences and other public events to publicize community drinking water issues and promote specific campaign objectives.
- Facilitate community meetings and community engagement with local community-based organizations.
- Build community relationships, alliances, and coalitions to move campaigns.
- Support CWC’s outreach and organizing efforts, including, as needed, making phone calls to community members, sending out texts and emails, making event reminder calls, updating CWC’s contacts database, assisting with meeting coordination and logistics, and assisting with translation/interpretation.
Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.
- Actively participate in program strategy, planning, tracking and reporting, and staff meetings.
- Actively participate in CWC fund development activities, such as donor drives, online appeals, and other events.
- Other duties as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.
Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
- Strong passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice.
- Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
- Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills via various methods (i.e. in-person, telephone, email, video conferencing, and in writing)
- Outstanding organizational skills.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
- Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, while remaining focused on overarching goals.
- Ability to work with and inspire diverse communities and age groups.
- Creative and comprehensive problem solving skills.
- Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation.
- Flexible schedule – willing and able to work weekends and attend night meetings and attend out-of-town events, activities and meetings as needed
- Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems.
- Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).
- Valid CA driver’s license.
- Understanding of and fluency in digital organizing tools and software, including online, mobile, social media, and text platforms.
- Experience working with database software, preferably NationBuilder
- Experience with, or knowledge of, water and environmental issues and/or community development.
- Knowledge of political landscape in California.
Starting Date: Open until filled
Salary: $50k and competitive depending on experience.
To apply, email resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental and vision insurance; generous vacation, family, and sick leave, and holiday policies; a flexible work schedule; professional development opportunities and more. (Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on tenure and employment status, among other factors.) We also provide contributions to employees’ SEP-IRA after a two-year tenure.
Community Water Center is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified job applicants and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy), mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
To learn more about the Community Water Center and our programs, visit our website at
Yesterday was the first day to file your paperwork to run in your local water board election! The last day to submit your paperwork at your county’s elections office is August 10th. Being a part of your local water board is important because it’s an opportunity to make direct change in your community. If your community is currently dealing with water quality concerns, there’s even more of an opportunity for you to be part of finding a solution!
To learn more, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections
If you are interested in running but have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email Adriana Renteria 559-733-0219 email@example.com
¡Ayer fue el primer día para entregar los documentos para postularse como candidato a la Mesa Local del Agua! El último día para entregar los documentos será el viernes, 10 de agosto, 2018. La responsabilidad y la oportunidad para tener una representación comunitaria fuerte depende de los residentes que decidan postularse para la mesa directiva del agua. Si usted tiene problemas con la calidad del agua en su comunidad y se postula como candidato es aún otra oportunidad para poder ser parte de la solución.
Visite nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections
Si usted está interesad@ en postularse como candidat@ o si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Adriana Renteria al 559-733-0219 o firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Contact your local county elections office to verify that the address where you are registered to vote is within the district you are running for.
2) Go to your county’s elections office to sign the candidacy forms in-person under the supervision of the county elections office clerk. All paperwork must be submitted between the dates of July 16th--August 10th in order to be on the ballot for the election.
Optional: 3) candidates can choose to pay a fee to submit an optional candidate statement which is a short summary written by the candidate that tells voters why they are running for a seat on their local water board. This candidate statement is included in the ballot that voters receive in the mail. If you choose not to pay for an optional candidate statement, make sure you let your community know you are running in other ways--like using social media or attending community events!
To learn more about the specific forms you will need to fill out, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections
1) Comuníquese a la Oficina Electoral Local del Condado para verificar que su domicilio donde está registrado para votar le permite ser candidato para la Mesa Directiva del Agua que se quiere postular.
2) Vaya a la Oficina Electoral del Condado para firmar en persona la forma sobre la Declaración del Candidato y otros documentos necesarios para postularse. Es importante que todos los candidatos entreguen los documentos entre el 16 de julio hasta el 10 de agosto para poder aparecer en las boletas el día de las elecciones.
3) Paso opcional: Los candidatos tienen la opción de escribir una declaración para ser compartida con los votantes. Este resumen es opcional y la oficina electoral del condado cobrará una tarifa para dar a conocer la declaración del candidato. Si decide no pagar para la declaración del candidato, puede decirle a su comunidad que se está postulando para la Mesa Directiva Del Agua usando las redes sociales o también puede asistir a juntas comunitarias.
Para saber más sobre los documentos que necesita entregar para postularse como candidato, visite nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections
Earlier this year, CWC released a report that found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years. When there isn’t a lot of competition for local water board seats, sometimes it could mean that a board member who is doing a great job remains on the board and continues their great work. Other times it could mean board members who aren’t listening to community concerns remain on the board because there is no one running against them. Local water boards offer an opportunity for residents to take action to make a difference in your community.
Take the next step to make a difference in your community by visiting our webpage to learn more about how to run in your local election: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections
Un nuevo informe del Centro Comunitario Por el Agua refleja una dura realidad: simplemente no hay suficientes residentes interesados en ser parte de la mesa del agua, principalmente en el sur del Valle de San Joaquín. Por lo tanto, refleja una falta de representación por parte de la comunidad. 87% de los puestos de la mesa local del agua no fueron disputados en las elecciones más recientes, es decir, no hubo ningún nuevo candidato para tomar el lugar de la mesa del agua. Cuando sólo un candidato se postula para la mesa del agua entonces la elección no se lleva a cabo y automáticamente toma el lugar en la mesa directiva. En los cuatro condados estudiados, 75 de 109 mesas locales del agua no han tenido una sola elección en los últimos cuatros años. Cuando no hay suficiente gente postulándose para la mesa local del agua, a veces puede significar que un miembro de la mesa que está haciendo un gran trabajo permanece en la mesa y continúa su gran trabajo. Otras veces puede significar que los miembros de la mesa que no están escuchando las preocupaciones de la comunidad permanecen en este puesto porque no hay nadie que se postule contra ellos. Las mesas directivas del agua local ofrecen una oportunidad para que los residentes tomen medidas para marcar la diferencia en su comunidad.
Visite nuestra página web para saber más sobre las mesas directivas del agua www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections
Yesterday was a powerful day with over 100 residents from the San Joaquin Valley traveling to Sacramento to share their experience with unsafe water and urge legislators to support the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Several speakers raised their voices for safe water at the rally including West Goshen resident Lucy Hernandez, Lanare resident Isabel Solario, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Dolores Huerta and Dr. Salvador Sandoval.
See pictures from the day below! Thank you to everyone who took the time to raise their voices for safe water!
Erica joined us this week as our new Director of Organizing! She brings years of experience working with low-income, rural communities on environmental justice issues, and we are so excited to be working with her. See more about Erica here and be sure to say hi if you see her around the Visalia office!
Our Civic Engagement Project team spent the past few weeks contacting thousands of Tulare County Latino voters! They talked to voters about water in their community and reminded them to vote. See pictures of the team below!
¡Nuestro equipo del Proyecto de Participación Cívica pasó las últimas semanas contactando a miles de votantes latinos en el condado de Tulare! El equipo ha estado hablando con los votantes sobre el agua en su comunidad y recordándoles que voten el 5 de junio. ¡Lo invitamos a que vean las fotos del equipo!
Dolores Huerta joined community members as they traveled to Bakersfield on May 11th to urge support for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.
On Friday of National Drinking Water Week, more than 60 people, including Dolores Huerta, came out to simultaneous rallies in Merced and Bakersfield to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The San Joaquin Valley is hard hit by toxic tap water, and residents spoke out for change. The rallies were covered by many local news stations, including Bakersfield Now, KGET, The Bakersfield Californian, Your Central Valley, and The Merced Sun-Star. Residents spoke about living with unsafe and unaffordable drinking water, and about the need for legislators to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. It was a powerful day for the water justice movement and the perfect way to end National Drinking Water Week!
Civic Engagement Program (CEP) Canvasser Becky Quintana calling Tulare County voters last week
Last week, we launched our second civic engagement program (CEP)! Last fall, we were able to speak with over 2,100 rural Tulare County Latino voters and discovered that over 84% were concerned about whether their water was safe. This Spring, we have the chance to once again connect with those same voters, as well as thousands of new voters, to discuss drinking water issues and remind them to vote on June 5th. Keep an eye on Facebook, as we will be posting updates from the CEP over the next few weeks and don’t forget to vote on June 5th!