What is a base-building frontline organization?
Base-buiding Frontline Groups are groups that are comprised of those currently most directly impacted by climate change. These may include EJ/CJ groups and communities group that are accountable to a significant base and have a formal and/or informal institutional framework.
Grassroots Organizing Sector has the following attributes:- It is made up of community based organizations, their networks and alliances;- It is rooted in, and accountable to communities of color and low income communities most directly impacted by the issues being addressed;- It builds local power and leadership to influence the decisions that affect their communities; It is comprised of those working on environmental justice linked to broader struggles for positive social change and transformation.
Benefits of CJA Membership – As a CJA member, you:-Influence the alliance’s work to address root causes to climate change -Build with a diverse set of allies across the country and internationally. -Engage in CJA national and regional programs (CJA gatherings, trainings, membership calls, etc.)-Are eligible for stipends and resources for CJA programs (in general, priority will be given to base-building frontline grassroots groups)-Amplify your local work nationally through CJA strategic communications, research, policy initiatives, and multi-sector relationships.- Participate and inform the working groups of the alliance- Have the potential to become an Our Power Community - Attend, participate and vote at CJA National Gatherings- Have access to research and training tools
Membership in the Climate Justice Alliance is open to organizations that meet the following criteria:Agreement and alignment with the: - Climate Justice Alliance Manifesto- Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing- CJA Just Transition Principles and - CJA goals and strategies.- Proven commitment to joint practice within and between organizations- Proven commitment to support grassroots leadership Requirements of Member Organizations- Play an active role in the work of CJA through a standing and/or ad-hoc working group- Participate on full membership body calls held on a monthly basis- Reference and link the Our Power Campaign website on your organizational webpage and social media- Pay annual dues no later than the 1st of September every year.- Seek and build opportunities for the Alliance to grow in influence and impact other groups.- Collectively advocate and open up opportunities to move resources to the grassroots organizing sector.
Process to Apply for Membership
Organizations fill out online membership form, indicating that they meet the membership criteria, provide information about their organization and indicate that a decision-making body of their organization has made an affirmative decision to join CJA.
The CJA membership committee will put forth recommendations to the CJA Executive Director and Steering Committee for review and approval on a quarterly basis and full membership will be informed of new members on leadership calls. New members will be fully ratified into CJA at our National Convenings. The Membership Committee will balance membership applications to ensure a sufficient majority of grassroots organizations in the membership of CJA.