Sustainable Rural Communities
As the newest project at CRLAF, the Sustainable Rural Communities Project seeks to merge many of our organization’s longstanding direct services and advocacy issues into an approach that addresses the systemic causes of our communities’ poverty, poor health and degraded environment.
The Project works toward the creation of a more sustainable food system and participatory governance for people in all communities, but especially focuses on disenfranchised or historically marginalized communities. Our advocates work to craft systemic solutions for farm-worker access to decent housing, affordable transportation, living wages, safe working conditions, and to strengthen communities’ access to clean, affordable and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems and opportunities for economic viability. Addressing the needs of disadvantaged unincorporated communities is a critical priority for the Sustainable Rural Communities Project.
In 2008, CRLAF partnered with CRLA, Inc and PolicyLink for the Community Equity Initiative that attempts to address the unique needs of these communities. The Project recently brought together community-based organizations from rural communities across the state to improve how rural areas are planning for transit and investing in transit, including farmworker vanpools. In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 716 (Wolk), which amends the Transportation Development Act for the first time since its enactment in 1972.
Amparo Cid works in the Fresno office of the Sustainable Rural Communities project of CRLAF. Ms. Cid is bilingual and, prior to attending law school, worked for a non-profit where she gained experience working with low-income, underrepresented students and the interventions necessary to reach this community through culturally appropriate strategies and approaches. Ms. Cid has experience has experience in family law, housing law, and immigration law and has been a law clerk for Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley and Bay Area Legal Aid. During law school, she was a clinical student for the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, a Board Member of the King Hall Legal Foundation, and a member of the La Raza Law Students Association. Ms. Cid graduated magna cum laude with a double-degree, B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies, from Santa Clara University (SCU). More recently, she graduated from UC Davis School of Law and was the recipient of the Lorenzo Patiño award
Walter Ramirez, Project Assistant
Read "The Human Costs of Nitrate-Contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley," a March 2011 report produced by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute in collaboration with CRLA Foundation, the Community Water Center, and the Clean Water Fund. "While most Californians take for granted that safe water is readily available at the turn of a tap, a growing number of communities, primarily in the San Joaquin Valley and other agricultural areas of the state, face very real impacts from nitrate contamination of the drinking water sources serving their homes and schools. New research led by the Pacific Institute, The Human Costs of Nitrate-Contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley, finds that nitrate contamination of groundwater has wide-reaching effects on California’s health, economic vitality, and environmental well being, disproportionately affecting low-income households and Spanish-speaking residents." To read the full report, click here.