CEJ believes that economic justice is not merely limited to the workplace, but extends to our environment as well. A sustainable future is essential to the health and well-being of our communities, and the transition from a fossil fuel-based economy is crucial to mitigate the harmful environmental impacts which disproportionately fall upon communities of color and poor, working class folks. Workers should not have to provide their labor power only to return to a polluted or devalued home and community. Thus, climate and environmental justice must be discussed in conjunction with economic justice.
A transition to less extractive and more environmentally sound business practices requires a similar transition for workers within a changing economy. A voice at the workplace, a place at the table in community development, wages to support families, and education opportunities for new economic initiatives in response to environmental change are important aspects that CEJ Buffalo brings to the new Crossroads Collective, which unites a number of Buffalo-based organizations in advocating for structural economic change and energy democracy.
Crossroads consists of eight initial partners:
- Coalition for Economic Justice
- Massachusetts Avenue Project
- Open Buffalo
- Partnership for the Public Good
- Public Accountability Initiative
- PUSH Buffalo
- Ujima Theatre Co.
- WASH Project
CEJ is also committed to combating the falsehood spread by many multi-million dollar corporations that protecting our environment hurts jobs. CEJ firmly believes that we can ensure the health of our communities while advancing economic equity as well, and that we can create a more sustainable future that begins to realize the goals of High Road Economic Development.