California Greenworks, Inc. (CGW) stands with the Black Lives Matter movement. We are committed to leveraging our platforms to create more space for more voices and experiences.
The historical inequities which seep from the American education, legal, and policing structures have inherently violent legacies. As a collective, we bear witness to these violences which have been reproduced over time and space through nuanced legal policies, and the generational effects attached to air quality, school resources, and healthcare access that are carried.
Legal policies that have maintained barriers which keep upwards of 75% of our K-12 youth from meeting California Education Standards, working in unison with a system that imprisons Black California youth at over 9 times the rate of their white counterparts, creates a pipeline which CGW’s is dedicated to dismantling.
California Greenworks, Inc. statements:
California Greenworks believes the three police officers who invaded Breonna Taylor’s home on March 13, 2020 and murdered her should be held accountable.
California Greenworks believes that the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that George Floyd was held down in Minnesota on May 26, 2020 by a police officer is grounds to ‘Defund the Police’.
California Greenworks does not believe Robert Fuller committed suicide on June 10, 2020 in Palmdale, California, and we support an independent investigation into his death.
California Greenworks believes that there must be an independent investigation into the June 18, 2020 murder of 18-year-old Andres Guardado in Los Angeles, who was shot 6 times in the back by LAPD.
California Greenworks recognizes the history of peaceful protesting, and acknowledges how leaders of these movements have been imprisoned, and further punished for utilizing the rights allotted to them in the First Amendment through the American Constitution. We are eternally grateful for the extensive efforts and initiatives led by John Lewis, Angela Davis, and Colin Kappernick.
We at California Greenworks, Inc. are calling for 4 things:
From May 26, 2020 to June 30, 2020, 14,000 people in the United States were arrested for protesting police violence in the wake of the attacks committed in our communities. California Greenworks, Inc. supports the immediate removal of any remaining officers in question for the above crimes, and the immediate release of protestors arrested and their charges dropped.
We call upon President Elect Joe Biden, elected officials, and political parties to discontinue the use of aggressive tactics on protestors and to recall Federal Agents deployed to curb protests.
California Greenworks, Inc. believes that a $100-150 million dollar cut to the $1.87 billion dollar policing budget is insufficient. At maximum this is an 8% reallocation, and we support a larger cut to the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget.
We call upon the Congress to pass H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. This would create a commission to study the effects of slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present, and would serve as a concrete step in creating a reparation process.
We at California Greenworks, Inc. are committed to ending the violences which disrupts our communities.
Black Lives Matter
Mike Meador, Founder and CEO
We know that Los Angeles K-12 schools intend to keep their doors closed for an unknown time period. This can be scary to kids and parents. Schools across Council Districts 8,9, and10 are being designated as COVID19 testing sites; as an environmental education non-profit we acknowledge this discrepancy and seek to serve as a supplemental educational resource to kids and families as they prepare for educational uncertainty.
California classrooms and class sizes are currently not prepared for 6 feet social distancing. What precautions must be made to send kids back to schools that were former COVID testing sites?
CGW’s outdoor classrooms, and small class sizes of a maximum of 6 participants, provides in-person outdoor learning while abiding by all CDC regulations and safety precautions associated with COVID19.
California Greenworks, Inc. is serving as a supplementary K-12 resource as California schools transition into a totally virtual learning entity.