Huennekens, Rachele

Rachele Huennekens is Grassroots Media Coordinator for the Sierra Club.

Californians Stand up for Clean Air at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hearing

By Rachele Huennekens
Sierra Club

"I just want Max to be able to play sports without having to worry that he can't breathe." These were the plainspoken words of Stephanie Christensen, a woman who marched into the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing in Sacramento, CA, last Thursday with her adorable 5-year-old grandson outfitted in his Little League uniform, a light blue breathing mask, and a hefty bag of their asthma medications in tow. "If you can see the air,” Christensen said, “then it's definitely not healthy to breathe."

We Like to Move It, Move It -- San Francisco Bay Area Rallies for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

By Rachele Huennekens
Sierra Club

Saturday, September 24 was the day that the San Francisco Bay Area put the “move” in the climate justice movement.   

The massive parade down Market Street and rally at Civic Center were part of  Moving Planet, a global day of action demanding solutions to climate change. The SF mobilization was organized by the Sierra Club,, California NOW and a broad coalition of 50 Bay Area sustainability, peace, environmental and social justice, conservation, faith, women's, bicycle, clean tech, and community groups, and was by far the largest climate justice demonstration to take place in the Bay Area in recent years.  

Labor, Faith, Community Activists Call on Big Banks to 'Share the Wealth'

By Rachele Huennekens
SEIU Local 1877

Hundreds of labor and community activists demonstrated outside of Wells Fargo in the Financial District yesterday, demanding that the six largest banks in the nation – Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Morgan Stanley – help California working families recover from the economic recession by preventing home foreclosures, providing healthcare and unemployment benefits, and solving the $6.3 California budget shortfall. 

The protesters, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Contra Costa County Interfaith Supporting Community Organizations (CCISCO), People Acting in Community Together - San Jose, Oakland Community Organizations, and the San Francisco Organizing Project, demanded that Wall Street executives be held accountable for helping ordinary people struggling to weather the economic recession, instead of enriching themselves.

Janitors Struggle to Make California Supermarkets Safe, Clean, and Green


 By Rachele Huennekens
SEIU-United Service Workers West

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