8 cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans

By Jesse Klein, Green Biz, July 20, 2020 As COVID-19 rampages through vulnerable minority populations with tragic consequences, and protests for racial justice surge among a similar demographic, city climate planners see a renewed focus on climate justice. The pandemic, in some ways, has been a trial run for the anticipated coming impacts of climate change — a not-so-distant future in …

Start with cancelling student debt and making public colleges free: $3 or $4 dollar return on each dollar invested

We’ve seen a lot of progressive candidates build policies around free college. But it’s not just a progressive idea. The Republican-led government of the state of Tennessee created the Tennessee Promise, a program that makes certain schools free to attend for Tennessee residents. This is because for every dollar that a state spends on higher education, they get a 3 …

PUSH Buffalo’s local clean energy jobs training led to community ownership and more community services: Let’s stop parachuting in experts and listen to locals who are working to fix long-term problems, tenaciously untangling the knot of inequity and injustice

Time Magazine, by MARK RUFFALO and RAHWA GHIRMATZION JULY 9, 2020. Mark Ruffalo is an actor and the co-founder of The Solutions Project, which supports climate justice organizations like PUSH Buffalo.Rahwa Ghirmatzion is executive director of PUSH Buffalo. As the COVID-19 pandemic and police-brutality protests heat up metaphorically, we can’t forget that the Earth is still heating up literally. Because of systemic racism, these crises are hitting communities …

In Times of Rapid Change, Victory Comes to Those Who Train For It

Only social movements can deliver radical change. Mainstream institutions in society back small reforms at most, so they teach the strategy and skills of electioneering. Movements are left to themselves to teach the skills that make for big change, and that’s where training comes in. Leaving the group out of the equation is a denial of human nature, indigenous cultures …

POWER OVER THE POLICE: ‘We should demand to be the funders of the police, to permanently and directly determine dollars. Instead of asking those who set police departments’ rules of engagement and goals to make them in a more community-minded fashion, we should demand to be the agenda setters…’

The core problem with policing and incarceration is the same problem that plagues our whole political system: elite capture. The laws, the regulations, the bailouts, and the wonks who write and evaluate all of the above are all powerfully influenced—if not functionally controlled—by elite political and corporate interests. We cannot put our faith in elected representatives and merely vote our way out of this problem: elections are more …

Antiracism resources and being an accomplice not just an ally

Workshops and trainings in antiracist work For workshops and trainings in White antiracist work, see the Catalyst Project: Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation; Whites Confronting Racism; The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LA), and its associated White People 4 Black Lives (WP4BL).  See also the White Privilege Conference and the Facing Race Conference. The East Point Peace Academy offers excellent trainings in nonviolent action. The East …

Denver Initiative Would Raise Over $40 Million for Housing Efficiency, Retrofits, Training and Support of EJ and Low Income Communities

We have submitted our ballot language with suggested improvements to the City Council Referred Initiative drafters. We would also appreciate all of your input on where you feel changes/improvements should be made.  Please provide changes on the document as comments only or send suggestions to me that I will include in the document.  Thank you all for your help! Here are several equity …

The Green New Deal is a chance to make clean energy accessible to all

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Fast Company, A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR BUSINESS, June 17, 2019 The Green New Deal is a chance to make clean energy accessible to all: Transitioning the U.S. economy from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy is a massive undertaking. But from an equity, economic, and environmental perspective, the opportunities far outweigh the costs. Late last year, California …

Sustainability and self-sufficiency for rural areas through solar power PV in Alaska. Microgrids allowed and encouraged!

Diesel fuel comes at a high cost for off-road villages that rely on aircraft, boats, and snow machines for transportation. Solar beats diesel on cost, creates new local jobs, and helps to level the socio-economic playing field.   Diesel-Killing Alaska Solar Power Company Walks The Green New Deal Walk by Tina Casey, CleanTechnica.com, April 6th, 2019  Solar Power & The Green New …

A Green New Deal for American Labor, Job Provisions and more

In New York state, a coalition called Climate Jobs NY has used pre-hire collective bargaining agreements, called project labor agreements, to win guarantees that workers will be paid prevailing wages in $1.5 billion in renewable energy projects. These are in wind energy construction, solar, and the retrofitting of schools and other public buildings to make them more energy-efficient. The Worker …