Center for Political Ecology (Santa Cruz, CA)


  • Name:Barbara Rose Johnston
  • Title:Senior Research Fellow

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  • Organization Name:Center for Political Ecology
  • Address:PO Box 8467
    Santa Cruz, CA 95018
    United States

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  • Main phone:8312951509

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  • Mission:
  • The Center for Political Ecology works on environment, health & human rights issues. We are an action-research collaborative whose mission is to document the conditions that generate human environmental rights abuse and facilitate efforts to define and secure meaningful remedy. Through collaborative work with indigenous peoples and other affected communities we seek to restore the fundamental right to a healthy environment through research and action alliances with professional associations, members of the scientific community, institutions, and NGO partners. Our primary mission: document the history and actions that contribute to human environmental rights abuse, facilitate efforts to define and secure meaningful remedy, and demonstrate the crucial role of biocultural sustainability in charting a path to a sustainable future.

  • Overview:
  • CPE supports political ecology scholarship, education, advocacy, and transformative change through our efforts to strengthen local ecologies by serving as the fiscal sponsor for environmental action, agroecology, and sustainability groups in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas; and, efforts to understand and address global ecologies by supporting the efforts of the CPE action-research collective.

    Support for local ecologies include involvement in, and fiscal sponsorship of: groups engaged in environmental restoration; local environmental health & human rights issues, including pesticide use near schools and farmworker housing, farmworker access to health; food sustainability, including greening of the university-iniatives; and sustainable energy and water policies and practices.

    Our action-research is transdisciplinary, involving an international group of scholars with common interests in environment, health, and human rights who seek practical application of their expertise. We are a small, flexible community of scholars, advocates, and applied social scientists working often probono in alliance with diverse partners and communities, our environment & social justice research and fiscal-sponsor initiatives are supported via-project-specific grants. We document the conditions that structure human environmental crises and their consequential damages in ways that define, and ideally, secure meaningful remedy.

    Major action-research initiatives have included documenting the environment, health and human rights implications of state-sponsored development and militarism with an aim to support efforts to:

    (1) Expand international human rights law and related public policy..

    (2) Support the investigations of the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur mechanism (including issues associated with indigenous and ethnic minority rights, right to a healthy environment, right to water, and right to remedy and reparation (most recently, with 2012 contributions in support of the Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste and Environmental Contamination mission to the Marshall Islands and the United States; contributions in 2013 to the Special Rapporteur for the right to water; and, in 2014, human rights and environment insights and case-specific detail informing efforts of the Special Rapporteur for the right to a healthy environment.

    (3) Conduct case-specific work with, and at the request of, affected communities and their advocates to document the historical conditions that lead up to ulcerating human environmental rights abuse, illustrate consequential damages, identify culpability, and suggest meaningful remedy (including human right abuses associated with internationally-financed development In Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia; cold war-era nuclear weapons development and testing in the Pacific and Americas; and related human radiation experimentation). Beyond documentation, continuing work includes outreach on the issues involved in case-specific actions via publications and public speaking, serving as expert witnesses and advisors in various venues.

    (4) Collaborate with other institutions in research and publications that inspire innovation in public policy while educating a global community of students, scholars and future decision-makers. Most recently, we have been working with UNESCO and UNU partners on public policy and education texts that explore sustainability through the lense of water, cultural diversity and global environmental change.

  • History:
  • Incorporated in 1989 with an endowment from its founder, economist and social theorist James O’Connor, the Center produced newsletters, discussion papers, books and the journal Nature, Capitalism, Socialism (CNS) with input from an international editorial board; editorial groups in Toronto, New York, Boston and Santa Cruz; and collaboration with sister journals in Italy, Spain and France. In 2004, we turned over responsibility for the journal and other publications to the New York editorial group. Today, our continuing fiscal sponsorship of CNS is one element in our mission to inspire, apply, and ideally, transform the human environmental conditions in ways that sustain biocultural health.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(13)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
  • Tax ID:77-0254129

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  • EIN:770254129
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  • Organization Address:PO BOX 8467
  • Organization City:SANTA CRUZ
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95061-8467
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C016
  • Asset Amount:$51,897
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$81,766
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$81,766
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:40:10 am

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