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For Immediate Release, February 6, 2024

Contact:         Karuna Jaggar, (510) 220-2410, karunajaggar@centeractionfund.org

Environmental Groups Endorse Lateefah Simon for Congress

OAKLAND, Calif.— A coalition of national environmental advocacy organizations announced today its endorsement of Lateefah Simon for California’s 12th Congressional District.

A veteran activist with decades of experience, Simon is a proven champion for environmental justice and the only candidate in this race with a clear understanding of the climate crisis, the coalition says. Simon’s advocacy career, lived experience, and expertise as an elected director of Bay Area Rapid Transit have showcased her ability to tackle the most pressing environmental issues with progressive policies.

“We need bold leaders who not only understand our climate and extinction crises but are willing to immediately work to address them,” said Karuna Jaggar, California political director at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund. “Lateefah Simon is the only candidate in this race with the expertise and experience to deliver on progressive climate solutions. Simon has the courage to take on the oil and gas industry so California can lead the way to a full, fair fossil fuel phase-out.”

The groups endorsing Simon are the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Climate Hawks Vote, Food & Water Action, Friends of the Earth Action, Oil Change U.S., and Zero Hour. 

Simon is also the only candidate in this race who has publicly pledged to reject all campaign contributions from the fossil fuel lobby. By signing the Green New Deal Champions pledge, she has committed to championing bold climate legislation if elected to Congress.

“Lateefah Simon is an impressive community organizer who has consolidated support from both establishment Democrats and progressive organizations. She’ll stand up against the fossil fuel industry and for her community,” said R.L. Miller, president of Climate Hawks Vote.

“Lateefah Simon will continue Rep. Barbara Lee’s legacy of principled progressivism,” said Sam Bernhardt, political director of Food & Water Action. “Lateefah knows first-hand the human cost of burning fossil fuels, and she’ll work with our movement to fight for environmental justice.”

“Lateefah Simon is the type of bold environmental champion we need in Washington,” said Ariel Moger, political director of Friends of the Earth Action. “She is a fierce advocate for climate justice who will continue to fight for her community and not bend to the oil and gas industry. Lateefah is an inspiration that we will continue to support, and urge Californians to do so as well.”

“Lateefah Simon’s impressive record of standing up for working people, not big polluters, is exactly the leadership California’s 12th District needs. She understands the difference between climate action and climate justice and she will help champion the fight for a fair and funded phaseout of fossil fuels,” said Collin Rees, political director of Oil Change U.S.

The Center Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Center Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity. 

Climate Hawks Vote works to build grassroots political power for the climate movement…and we win our races. 

Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. fights for transformational environmental policy and pushes political discourse to center justice and the environment. Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of Friends of the Earth U.S., but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc., not Friends of the Earth.

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Oil Change U.S. is dedicated to supporting real climate leadership, exposing the true costs of fossil fuels, and building a just, equitable, and renewable energy future in the United States. We work to demand political candidates and elected officials reject fossil fuel money, end fossil fuel subsidies, oppose new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and support a just transition and a Green New Deal.

Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.