All Actions

Renegotiate the proposed St. John Vehicle Capacity project for safer, climate-friendly alternatives

May 21, 2020 • Sunrise Sequoyah

On May 27, the Pasadena Planning Commission is reviewing a project for consistency with the City’s adopted General Plan. The St. John/Pasadena Ave. Capacity Project includes adding an additional right-turn lane from California Blvd. on to Pasadena Ave. and adding a second left-turn lane from the freeway exit on to California Blvd. Not only does this project not meet the City’s purported goals, but it will have significant impacts on the safety of Sequoyah students, residents, and the environment, all for the sole intended purpose of moving cars faster (which it likely won’t even do).

Sign our petition asking the Pasadena Planning Commission to reject the project and direct City staff to renegotiate this project with Metro as neighboring communities like San Marino, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County have successfully done to fund safer and more sustainable alternatives.

Reinstate the Pasadena Plastic Bag Ban

May 10, 2020 • Sunrise Sequoyah

We do not have to choose between worker safety and the sustainability of our communities – this is a false dichotomy. Reusable items like grocery bags are safe and sustainable, and are no more likely to carry the virus than their disposable counterparts. This decision will lead to increased pollution from the production and disposal of single-use plastic bags and disproportionately impacts vulnerable frontline communities, without protecting workers’ health in any way.

We strongly urge Pasadena City Council to immediately reinstate Pasadena’s bag ban and increase fact-based communication with the public regarding the safety of reusable items. 


April 20, 2020

As we face a public health crisis we were vastly unprepared for, we’re seeing the need for radical change to be prepared to combat future crises. On April 20, 2020, teens and young voters across California demanded Sen. Dianne Feinstein support a People’s Bailout, short-term economic relief and support for people and community health, and for Sen. Feinstein to treat the climate crisis as the emergency it is by backing the Green New Deal to ensure future generations—including her grandchildren—have a habitable planet to live on in a day-long virtual office takeover.

Pasadena Climate Action Forum

February 4, 2020 • Sunrise Sequoyah

The climate emergency, and what our elected leaders are doing to address it, is an urgent political priority for Pasadena voters in 2020. The systemic change required to address this emergency starts at the local level, which is why Pasadena residents are looking for bold, fearless leadership to decrease our city’s biggest contributions to climate chaos: car emissions, wasteful water, power, and trash infrastructure, and outdated building design. Voters will have the chance to ask how candidates will act on these critical issues in February’s Pasadena Climate Action Forum, organized by Pasadena youth and a coalition of climate action organizations.

Pasadena Climate Emergency Declaration

January 27, 2020 • Sunrise Sequoyah

On January 14, Arroyo Seco Foundation held a mayoral candidate forum on the environment. At the forum, all four candidates said they would support declaring a climate emergency. Tell our current City Council they need to do that now so that the climate crisis is considered in every decision they make.

Pasadena Green New Deal

December 9, 2019 • Sunrise Sequoyah

Pasadena’s Climate Action Plan, adopted in March 2018, does not go far enough. Unlike the Green New Deal, the Pasadena CAP does not call for 100% renewable energy in the City of Pasadena.

Pasadena Climate Strike

December 6, 2019 • Sunrise Sequoyah

With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. In the September Climate Strikes alone, 7.6 million people around the world and 500+ in Pasadena took to the streets with us.

Pasadena Climate Strike

September 20, 2019 • Sunrise Sequoyah

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.

In the US, youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future. The youth have been leading the way and demanding bolder action, and now it’s time for everyone else to back them up.