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You want ME to take local action? - Recovery FAQ

Posted by Ada McMahon at Apr 08, 2009 07:55 PM |
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Earlier today, our Field Organizer Julian McQueen sent out an email calling folks in the Green For All community to action. Some of you emailed back and said you were confused about what we were actually asking you to do, and why. Here are some quick answers.

You want ME to take local action? - Recovery FAQ

Earlier today, our Field Organizer Julian McQueen sent out an email calling folks in the Green For All community to action.

The gist: Right now, Mayors and local governments across the country are deciding how to spend economic recovery funds. This may be the best opportunity we'll ever have to bring green-collar jobs to our communities. We're asking you to take action in your community now.

Some of you emailed back and said you were confused about what we were actually asking you to do, and why.

Here are some quick answers.  Please comment below if you've got further questions about taking action.

Q: What are you asking ME to do?  I'm not planning to organize an event...

We ARE asking you to take action because it's so important. We ask you to do what you are able. If you don't have time to organize a big rally or another big event, just get a couple friends together and:

1. Print out our Commitment to a Green Recovery For All.

2. Go to City Hall, and ask your Mayor to sign it.

3. Bring a few friends, and take photographs outside of City Hall. 

4. Another fun and EASY way to take action is to turn a photo of yourself into an "I'm Ready Icon", and deliver it along with the Commitment to your Mayor's office.

If you are up for it, organize a rally and press conference for higher impact. Media coverage and large numbers will demonstrate to your local elected officials that there is a FORCE for a GREEN RECOVERY FOR ALL in your community.

If you feel uncomfortable hosting an event or a rally, you can also go to one near you.  Search for events here.

Taking action can seem challenging, especially if you don't already know your elected officials, and doubt that your voice will have an impact.  But the Economic Recovery act is TOO important an opportunity to pass up, and it is in the hands of your local elected officials, right down at City Hall. 

Q: How do I get started?

A: Register your action with us, so that other people can see what you are up to and we can offer you support.

Or sign up for someone else's action: Search for events here.

Then check out some resources we've made to support your actions, and to help you make sense of the Recovery Act.


Q: What's the point of taking local action?


A: The point is to make sure that Economic Recovery implementation plans bring green-collar jobs and opportunity to the people and communities that need them most.

Congress and President Obama approved BILLIONS of dollars in funding for weatherization projects, green jobs training, energy efficiency, and other "green" initiatives that will directly create jobs and career opportunities.

Now, whether that money actually gets invested in your community, and how, is in the hands of  your local elected officials.  Taking action locally is your best chance to make sure the recovery funds create green jobs and pathways out of poverty for the folks in your neighborhood.

More specifically, we want local Recovery implementation plans to:

1. Create quality green-collar jobs with family-supporting wages and benefits.

2. Ensure transparency and accountability through a community-based, participatory planning process with seats at the table for members of community organizations.

3. Support pathways out of poverty into self-sufficiency by maximizing career training, job training and supportive services for low-income people, people of color and women.

These 3 points are in the Commitment you can bring to City Hall. More talking points are available in our  Organizer's Toolkit.

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Date for Vote???

Posted by Jeff Wilson at Apr 09, 2009 05:44 PM
When does congress vote on the bill? I'm in north las vegas and helping the major run for office. platform green collar jobs. How much time do we have? Her run-off election is June she just won for the run-off last tuesday.

Date for Vote???

Posted by Ada McMahon at Apr 09, 2009 06:00 PM
Hi Jeff - The Recovery Act has already been passed by Congress!

Now, it is up to Mayors, city councilors, and other LOCAL officials to come up with plans to use the recovery funding.

That's why it is so important to act locally - by contacting the elected officials in your city or town. Congress has already given us the green light - now it's up to us to implement the Recovery Act.

conservation of oil

Posted by Stacy Guynn at Jul 25, 2009 03:33 AM
I spoke with Ms. Phaedra Lamkin's office personnel last week and also received a corresponding email. Thank you. I'm a firm believer in GreenforAll. I have received a patent on one of my inventions that could change part of America for the better. Ms. Lamkin's office reply said the invention is very exciting. However their office can't recommend or endorse a product and I understand completely. I wasn't searching for that. I hoped, instead, that GreenforAll would be aware of this device and make it known through their publications to the general public. I feel that I am doing my part for the greening of America. Patent #7,396,473, issued July 8, 2008, is for an onboard engine oil recycler that purifies engine oil while the engine is running, thus eliminating the unnesessary, costly, and wasteful draining of a perfectly good resource that has reached it's peak production. There are approximately 500,000,000 engines in America. One oil change on these engines adds up to 5,000,000,000,000 quarts of recyclable oil. America has been recycling engine oil for decades at land based plants. Why not do it beside the engine?
It makes good sense. Abandoned, outsourced plants and factories could be used to hire many people and pay good wages, ensure transparency and accountability, and help support a sustainable pathway out of poverty. The Recycler will cut down drastically the polluting of our soil and waters. We need to change our thinking, not our oil!