The Alliance for a Just Recovery

In the wake of the terrible firestorm that hit Sonoma County in October of 2017, North Bay Jobs with Justice quickly mobilized community, environmental, housing and labor organizations to meet and form the Alliance for a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery (Alliance for a Just Recovery, or AJR, for short). The Alliance for a Just Recovery meets the first Thursday of every month to review current issues facing our community in regards to the rebuild, and has been working since November of 2017 to put together a policy platform with which individuals and organizations can use to help ensure our community recovers not just for some but for all. 

So what IS a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery? 

Our Alliance believes that a truly just recovery from any natural disaster requires a holistic approach, and that: 

  • Structural issues of inequality, climate crisis, and racial and environmental justice are part of the recovery and rebuilding process;

  • The most impacted community must have a meaningful voice at the table of all decisions made;

  • All recovery and rebuilding processes are transparent, inclusive, and create economic opportunity for low-income communities and eliminate environmental disparities across communities;

  • Combine our strengths as independent organizations, groups, places of worship, and labor unions to touch on four major areas of recovery and rebuilding: Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, Sustainable Energy and Green Construction, and Community Engagement/Democratic planning.

  • Read the full Mission and Purpose Statement here. 
  • Declaración de Misión y Objetivo de La Alianza para una Recuperación Justa



1. Our Policy Common Agenda for a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery
    En E spañolAgenda común para una Recuperación Justa, Equitativa y Sostenible para la Ciudad de Santa Rosa y el   
    Condado de Sonoma 


2. Our 2018 Santa Rosa Emergency Plan for Increasing Revenue
   Plan de Emergencia para Abordar la Crisis del Empleo de Bajos Ingresos y de Vivienda Accesible en Santa Rosa Junio del       2018


 3. "Voices from the Grassroots" - The full report from our 2018 Just Recovery Forum in Santa Rosa, including full text of presentations and the full text of the "Common Agenda."
"What is a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery?" Video from our 2018 Just Recovery Forum, July 19th at Christ Church United Methodist, Santa Rosa, CA


Events and Media:

Sonoma County’s low-income workers left out of local recovery from 2017 wildfires

By Bill Swindell
The Press Democrat
Nov. 21, 2018

Just Cause: Grassroots alliance announces plan for inclusive, just wildfire recovery 

by Brandon McCapes
The Bohemian
July 26, 2018