Rosanna Esparza

Alex Hartnett, Rosanna Esparza, Shanna Serrano and Zolboo Namkhaidorj in Kern County this weekend

Phone Canvass Field Trip: Following California's Water From Oil Fields To Crops

July 5, 2016

Three Oakland phone canvassers took a trip to Kern County this July 4 weekend, to stay with organizer Rosanna Esparza, and follow water from the oil fields to crop irrigation.

Helen and Cesar Chavez with six of their eight children in 1969 near Delano, California. Standing from left are Anna, Eloise and Sylvia. Seated from left are Paul, Elizabeth and Anthony. (Photo: United Farm Workers)

Remémbrense — In Memory of Helen Fabela Chavez, 1928 to 2016

June 13, 2016

On June 6, 2016 we said goodbye to Helen Fabela Chavez, a first generation Mexican American, wife, mother, activist, union bookkeeper and visionary, born in Brawley, California. 

Rosanna Esparza (center) with residents in Kern County

Lost Hills Residents Don't Want Company-Sponsored Gym Memberships—They Want Clean Air and Clean Water

May 26, 2016

This blog is in response to David Brooks’ recent op-ed published in the New York Times on May 17, focused on improving the health and lives of residents in Lost Hills, California, a community in which I work with Clean Water Action. We submitted a letter to the editor to the paper in response to Mr. Brooks' article, but the editors chose not to publish it. Still, you might want to read Mr. Brooks' piece before you dive in, here. 

Rosanna in a respirator in front of a Bakersfield's sign

Wearing a respirator in Bakersfield—where the town motto is "life as it should be."

February 23, 2016

Lately I’ve been thinking about signs I’ve seen scattered around neighborhoods in Bakersfield with the proclamation, “Bakersfield – Life As It Should Be.” They’re kidding, right?

Supporting Fenceline Communities

August 20, 2015

Clean Water Board Member, Vernice Miller-Travis and I spent a day in Bakersfield, CA with organizers and representatives of U.S. EPA Region 9, Central CA Environmental Justice Network and Global Community Monitor at a workshop examining community-based air monitoring projects and the importance of quality assurance plans.