Last year a group of primarily white environmental groups hosted a town hall about the Green New Deal — legislation focused on climate change and equity that failed both nationally and in California.

Community organizer Nailah Pope-Harden emceed the event and said the results were all too familiar.

“Everyone except for the folks of color were shocked,” said Pope-Harden. “Like, ‘How come there aren’t people of color here? We did it in Oak Park, we made sure it was at an accessible time.’”

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