April/May 2023 Email Newsletter

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

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Join us in congratulating our new board members,
Grace Bogdanove and Jill Heaps!
They join Ms. Della Miller and James B. Jones, who are continuing on in their roles as board members.
Read their bios by clicking here.

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris and Phil

Climate Cafe Tomorrow

Climate change is increasingly affecting our daily lives on both small and large scales.


Join us tomorrow evening on Zoom for a Climate Cafe with Jennifer Fendya where we will have an open and discussion about how these changes are affecting us!


Click here to register and to get the link to the Zoom.

We are Hiring!

We are still hiring for an Environmental Justice Organizer for the Delavan-Grider campaign, now with an open until filled deadline for applying – please share this post widely, and encourage folks to apply – or send us your application today!

Hiring flyer for Clean Air's currently open position

May 18 General Meeting

Want to get more involved with our work here at Clean Air?


Join us on Thursday May 18 for our next General Meeting, either in person here at Trinity Church (371 Delaware Ave) or on Zoom.


Be sure to register by clicking here!

American Axle Community Working Group

This April we co-hosted a very successful Community Working Group for the clean-up at the American Axle facility in Delavan-Grider! We will continue to push for more frequent Community Working Group meetings, and encourage participants from April’s meeting to share their feedback by filling out this form.

Interested in joining Clean Air’s American Axle team? Click here, or contact Chris!

A crowd photo of a Pride Parade

Pride Parade Justice Bloc

We are delighted to share that we will again be cohosting a Justice bloc for the Buffalo Pride Parade on Sunday June 4! 

Click here to register or here for the Facebook event, and stay tuned to our social media for more details.

Do you represent an organization interested in participating?
Please let us know by filling out this form!

Worker’s Memorial Day Observance

Join the Buffalo Central Labor Council, the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, and the WNY Council on Occupational Health and Safety to remember and honor the lives lost at work this Thursday April 27 at 6pm at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127. This event will also be livestreamed at fb.com/wnycosh

Flyer for the 2023 Workers Memorial Day observance

Also save the date for the WNYALF Annual Awards Dinner, June 15, 2023

6 – 10PM, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St in downtown Buffalo. Click here to purchase tickets, or email Chris if you would like to join us at our table!

Power Building Movement Mixer

Thanks to all who joined us for our first Power Building Movement Mixer

Save the date of Thursday June 15 for our next one, also to be held at Community Beer Works (520 7th Street in Buffalo), and again 4:30-6pm.

Happy 6th to BLRR!

Happy 6th Birthday to our friends at Black Love Resists in the Rust!


Help us celebrate by making a donation today at donate-usa.keela.co/BLRRIs6

Save the Date! June 9 Pedal Party and May 24 Just Transition Training

Save the evening of June 9, when we will be co-hosting a Pedal Party with Slow Roll Buffalo! We are also tentatively planning a training on the Just Transition model in North Tonawanda on May 24. Details on both of these events will be posted on our social media soon.


NYS Budget Updates

As of this writing, we are still waiting for the NYS budget to pass. This session has proven to be quite active, with multiple attempts to undermine previous wins, and we need to keep pressure on – sign NYRenews’ latest letter, demanding a just Cap and Invest program, and stay tuned for any rapid responses that may be called for in coming days and weeks.

UUP WNY Contract Rally May 6

United University Professions (UUP) is renegotiating their contract and on Saturday, May 6 at 11:00am they will hold a WNY Contract Rally at Buffalo State College. Click here to register, and wear red!

Erie County Climate Action Plan Available Now for Comment

NYRenews Climate Jobs and Justice Package Memo

Erie County has officially unveiled the draft Climate Action Plan! Visit their website today to review the draft and to submit your comments on what could be improved and what you like about the current version. Comments are due on May 18!

STAMP NYSDEC Public Hearing May 11 6pm in Alabama NY

Following statewide pushback against plans to take wetlands used by several endangered species and considered sacred hunting grounds by the Tonawanda Nation, the NYS DEC will be holding a Legislative Public Comment Hearing pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 621 to hear and receive unsworn comments from the public.

This hearing will be held in-person on Thursday May 11, 2023, at 6:00 pm. at the Town of Alabama Fire Department, located at 2230 Judge Road, Town of Alabama NY, 14125.

If interested in carpooling to the hearing, please reach out to chris@cacwny.org.

Written public comments concerning GCEDC’s STAMP Sitewide Part 182 permit application will be accepted by e-mail until midnight, May 11, 2023, or by regular mail if postmarked by May 11, 2023 to:

Thomas Haley, NYS DEC – Region 8 Office, Division of Environmental Permits, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414

E-mail: DEP.R8@dec.ny.gov by midnight. Please put GCEDC STAMP in the subject line. Equal weight is given to written and oral comment.

President Biden – Decommission Line 5!

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has threatened the Great Lakes for 70 years, and after decades of erosion, the pipeline is at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.
Click here to send a letter today and tell President Biden to decommission Line 5!

This is a big win for environmental justice advocates nationwide who pushed for this change – read more from Mom’s Clean Air Taskforce!

On a related note, the American Lung Association recently released a report about air quality ranked by region nationwide. The Buffalo-Niagara metro area is neither included on the very worst or very best lists, but nearby Rochester is ranked as some of the cleanest air in the nation. Unfortunately this report also finds that 1 in 3 Americans now breathes unhealthy air, largely due to the rapid increase in wildfires caused by climate change.

Check our Chris on WGRZ commenting on this report in the video below, or click here.

Remembering Shirley Hamilton

We were saddened to hear that Shirley Hamilton, a Niagara Falls leader and champion for labor, racial justice and environmental justice, passed on March 26. Read her obituary by clicking here, and donate to the scholarship fund being established in her name by clicking here.

Rose Jade - Blooming Together, a Workshop on Class, May 25 6-7:30pm

“It’s not just oceans that are rising. Groundwater is, too.”

Groundwater contamination often is an issue of concern in our campaigns, especially those

like the fight for a just clean up along River Road in Tonawanda or of the American Axle Facility in Delavan-Grider. Reporters at Grist.org recently wrote an excellent piece on how this hidden threat is being worsened by climate change – check it out by clicking here!

“The EPA Is Being Sued for Approving Cancer-Causing Plastic-Based Fuels”

We are inspired by the work of Cherokee Concerned Citizens, which represents a fenceline community in Pascagoula, Mississippi less than two miles away from Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery. This small group is suing the EPA for allowing Chevron to make new plastic-based fuels, which could carry a 1-in-4 lifetime cancer risk for residents near the refinery. Read more by clicking here.


Report a Polluter

See dark smoke or dust rising from an industrial site, or smell something foul?

Visit dec.ny.gov/regulations/67751.html to file a report, or, for rapid response, call 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267) or the DEC Spill Hotline/Odor Hotline at 1-800-457-7362.

If you’d like CACWNY to support you, send us a copy of your report!


Upcoming Events Calendar


Community and Coalition Events

Public Comment Deadlines and Hearings

also see list at bit.ly/CleanAirEvents


Mutual Aid

Do you need a N95 mask? We have a limited supply available at the office for our members – send us a quick email and we’ll send a few your way! We encourage wearing masks at our in-person events, particularly during seasons of peak COVID transmission.

Be sure to check out the Buffalo Mutual Aid Network Facebook group, where mutual aid services and calls for donations and donations are being posted on an ongoing basis. You can also click here to join the Buffalo Snow Brigade. We also suggest checking out the resources at mutualaiddisasterrelief.org as well as their new website relieftoolkit.com.


If interested in joining mutual aid efforts with Clean Air, particularly in the realm of community resiliency amid climate change,
please reach out to Bridge.


Monthly Staff Recs

Happy May Day! If you have not yet seen the movie “Pride“, we strongly encourage borrowing a copy from the Buffalo Public Library and watching it today.


Interested in joining our Tonawanda Tomorrow or River Road campaigns, Proof of Work campaign, or supporting NYRenews/climate justice?

Interested in joining our Peabody Street, TESLA campaigns, Energy Democracy Alliance, or other Just Transition campaign work?



Interested in joining our
American Axle campaign?


Interested in joining our events committee, mutual aid team, or want to connect with CACWNY about an emerging campaign or issue?

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