GREEN FOR ALL: Moms Mobilize mini-documentary series - Vien Truong [Episode 1]

Green For All director Vien Truong travelled the country this summer to talk to moms raising their kids on the frontlines of pollution in America. But first, hear her own story about being raised in Oakland, CA in the 80s and raising her twin toddlers there now, in the city that she loves.  

The truth is, pollution is rampant in low-income neighborhoods and in communities of color all across the country. Due to their proximity to the dirtiest sources of pollution like power plants and busy freeways and highways, these communities have higher rates of asthma and pollution-related disease, including cancer. And in the midst of all of this, the Trump Administration wants to cut funding for environmental protections by nearly ONE THIRD. 

Sign our petition to protect critical funding for clean air, clean water, and a safe environment today. 

Everyone has a story. What's yours? Share it with Green For All at info@greenforall.org. Use subject line "My Story - YOUR NAME."


ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA AWARDS: Van Jones presents award to Russell Simmons for green activism

On September 23rd in Los Angeles, Hollywood filmmakers, producers and celebrities came together to celebrate the industry elite who are helping to bring environmental issues to mass culture. Green For All's co-founder Van Jones, director Vien Truong, and deputy director Michelle Romero, were honored to be there to support our friends at the Environmental Media Association. This was EMA's 27th award show dedicated to highlighting the industry's efforts on environmental issues, and it was tremendous.

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Pictured above: LEFT - Michelle Romero, Van Jones, Vien Truong; MIDDLE - Vien Truong, Nikki Reed, Carter Oosterhouse, Amy Smart, Michelle Romero; RIGHT - Michelle Romero, Natalie Portman, Vien Truong

With Jaden Smith hosting, and our friend Mary Ann Hitt of the Sierra Club opening the evening, things were off to a great start. The 2017 honorees included Natalie PortmanRussell SimmonsJohn Paul DeJoria and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

And of course, Van was honored to present the award to Russell Simmons, a man who -- among his many great contributions to culture and social issues -- supported Green For All's #FixThePipes campaign earlier this year, to help raise money for families in Flint who are still suffering from the #FlintWaterCrisis. Watch now:

 

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POLITIC 365: Moms Mobilize: Using Power of Women to Advance Climate Justice

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Vien Truong is no stranger to the climate justice movement. A long-time resident of Oakland, California, environmental equity is an abiding passion for the CEO of Dream Corps and leader of Green For All.  Nationally praised for her work developing energy and environmental policy, “this work has been personal for my whole life,” Truong told Politic365 in an exclusive interview.  “I grew up in a community that was considered one of the poorest and most polluted communities in the country – East Oakland, California. And because of the zip code in which I live, my kids and I are projected to live 12 years less than a more affluent family just seven miles away. We have higher lead poisoning in the community here than in Flint, Michigan. So for me, all of this is very real and very personal.”

The personal impact of how environmental issues affect communities across the country is what Truong and Green for All are hoping to tap in to with Moms Mobilize, a campaign to “bring together Moms from around the country to fight devastating cuts to our environmental protections being proposed by the Trump Administration.”

From the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to the crippling affects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, the impact of climate change and global warming are real, says Truong. “What’s happening all across the country is that people are starting to see that these attacks on the climate movement have a real, tangible impact,” Truong said. And “the one agency – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – that is supposed to protect our air and water, and protect us from these massive devastations,” she continued, “is the very agency that Donald Trump’s Head of the EPA is trying to dismantle [by] proposing a one-third budget cut this fall. That is just unacceptable.”

On Wednesday, September 27, #MomsMobilize is taking its message to Capitol Hill, hosting a day of action in Washington, D.C. to oppose any congressional roll-backs in funding for the EPA.  While the campaign is all about motivating everyday women to get more involved in the climate movement, several notable personalities have joined the cause as well, including Frances FisherMegan BooneAmy SmartAlfre WoodardAli WongAngie MartinezBozama “Boz” Saint JohnCheryl Contee, and Elianne Ramos.

“The blessing and curse of the moment is that for too long we have seen the Climate Movement be painted as an elitist, White thing, but we’re beginning to see the very visceral impact this will have to families in Flint, to families in Houston, to families in East Oakland and across the country,” said Truong. “People of color are really the ones who can’t afford to relocate and move out when these things happen.”

Women are key to the battle to protect the EPA and improve climate justice because, as Truong said, “women have an amazing power to influence not only the market, but also politics and policies. They have this often untapped power around how they spend their dollars, but also, non-college educated women in the United States have a huge ability to impact the direction of this country.”

“We give life,” she said, “and we can also use our power to protect life, and I think that’s what this campaign is all about for Green For All.”

#MomsMobilize is “bringing together moms from Flint, Las Vegas, Oakland, and other places around the country to say we’re done with the fighting. It’s not about being Anti-Trump, it’s about being for our kids and the future we want to live in.”

In encouraging women to join the Mom’s campaign, Truong’s message is clear – “When I talk to people in this country, oftentimes they say they’re tired of hearing politics. They’re tired of turning on CNN and hearing the political back and forth because it undermines the importance of issues and the reality of the things they’re facing. So our campaign with Moms is to say: it doesn’t matter who you voted for in the last election, let’s vote for solutions.”

To sign the #MomsMobilize petition, or support Green For All’s movement, visit the campaign website to learn more about ways you can get involved.

 

Original story appeared on Politic 365 on September 19, 2017. Read the story here.


TeleSUR: Women in the U.S. demand Trump to act on climate change [EN ESPAÑOL]

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[EN ESPAÑOL] Mothers in U.S. reject cuts to the EPA

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NOW THIS: Mothers are fighting for environmental justice because Trump won't

Green For All brought moms from around the country to Washington D.C. -- and it was powerful. These women are fighting for environmental justice because President Trump won't. Thank you to Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Tulsi Gabbard (HI) for standing with us. 

Support our moms by signing our petition at greenforall.org/notonourwatch

Watch this video to hear why this fight matters.

 


Van Jones Releases New Book Offering a Path Forward

The Trump Administration announced the repeal of the Clean Power Plan today. Van Jones reminds people that clean energy was once a bipartisan issue. Clean energy does not kill jobs. Degregulation of power plants will kill people though.

Click on the photo to watch Van on CNN New Day, then buy his new book BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH

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Van's new book, BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together, offers solutions for ending the partisan madness and uniting our country to advance positive change. We are in this together. It's time to start acting like it. 

Buy a copy of Van's book and find tour dates todayhttp://www.randomhousebooks.com/campaign/beyond-the-messy-truth/ 

Want to join a Beyond Messy book club? Sign up at http://lovearmy.org/bookclub


Green For All Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nina Smith, nina@megaphonestrategies.com301-717-9006 cell
Inaru Melendez, inaru@megaphonestrategies.com413 -331-9530 cell 

Oakland, CA  – Green For All today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it plans to repeal the EPA’s Clean Power Plan:

“The Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan is a direct assault on our lives and children’s futures.

Even as we’ve seen storms destroy communities in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico, this Administration continues to push dangerous policies that are literally killing our kids. We look to our leaders to safeguard our communities, but all we’re seeing from this administration is more polluter giveaways and zero solutions to our looming climate crisis.

Reckless actions like this put our lives on the line. Dismantling the first and only federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants won’t help vulnerable families breathe. Rolling back key protections won’t prevent superstorms or the billions of dollars it takes for communities and economies to recover. Investing in clean energy, keeping our air and water clean, can and will.

Now is the time for action, not outdated ideas that line the pockets of polluters. Green For All will fight to ensure we protect Americans from the dangers of carbon pollution and climate change.  We refuse to allow big money to continue to rob children and vulnerable communities of stronger future we all deserve. Not on our watch.”

Green For All encourages states to move forward in designing their own state clean power plan. We provide toolkits to get started at greenforall.org/thecleanpowerplan.

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Green For All is a climate and economic justice organization working at the intersection of poverty and pollution to create an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is an initiative of The Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator for transformative campaigns, ideas and innovations.


SHONDALAND: Environmental Justice Activist Vien Truong is Fighting For The World

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Boss. Badass. Climate warrior.

Environmental justice activist Vien Truong learned two things as a child: Climate change affects us all, and some people suffer more than others.

When her family arrived in the Bay Area as refugees from war-ravaged Vietnam, her parents didn't speak English and had 11 kids to feed. Truong soon got a crash course in the ill-fated connection between poverty and environmental toxins. “I spent my childhood working in pesticide-filled strawberry fields in California," says Truong. "Later, growing up in Oakland, I saw families like mine suffering terrible health conditions from pollution for generations."

Now her life’s work is "to solve both poverty and pollution" nationwide. She’s accomplishing that as the CEO of the nonprofit social justice accelerator, The Dream Corps, and as the director of its environmental activism arm, Green For All.

Through Green For All, Truong fights to ensure marginalized communities of color are leading the fight to protect the environment. "The families living closest to toxic waste sites, or by busy roads and highways, are often struggling to make ends meet," she says. Training folks for green economy jobs — like installing solar panels or retrofitting buildings so they're more energy efficient — enables people to put food on the table and help make their neighborhoods less polluted.

But Truong, who earned a degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, also knows that legally enforceable regulations are essential. “One of the accomplishments I am most proud to have co-led is passing [California Senate Bill 535] which takes dollars polluters pay the State of California and reinvests them into the poorest and most polluted communities,” says Truong. "Those dollars went to free solar panels for working families, free bus passes for seniors and students, affordable housing by transit hubs, and much more."

Because Truong believes women are at the heart of ensuring the nation’s leaders address climate change. Green For All’s newest campaign, Moms Mobilize focuses on mothers who are seeing the effects on their children. The campaign, which will culminate with an advocacy day in Washington, D.C., is "bringing together moms and women from all walks of life to tell Congress to act now to fight climate change by doing work before the storms," she says.

Indeed, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (and with Jose approaching) Truong says her work with Green For All has taken on a new urgency. But Truong also wants those who aren’t regularly in the path of such disasters to remember that they still need to care about the climate. "Scientists are giving our planet 50 years before Earth expires," she says. "My hometown of Oakland, nestled in the most liberal region in America, is ranked among our nation’s most polluted cities. Climate change hurts all of us — there is no wall high enough to keep the polluted air from blowing into each of our backyards."

Making it easy for people to stay informed and engaged in environmental activism is one of Truong's priorities. To receive updates about clean air, clean water, and climate progress, she says to simply text GREEN to 97483. You can also sign Green For All's petition to urge Congress to fully fund the EPA. But most of all, Truong encourages people to vote. "If local elected officials don’t make [climate] a priority, then show up at the ballot box to hold them accountable," she says. "That is where our power lies, and it’s past time we started using it."


E&E NEWS: Lawmakers, 'warrior women' oppose budget cuts

Lawmakers, 'warrior women' oppose budget cuts

by Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in E&E News

 

DSC_0284.jpgPictured above: Vien Truong, director of Green For All, calling on lawmakers, specifically women lawmakers to oppose Trump U.S. EPA budget cuts. 

Lawmakers joined a group of mothers today outside the Capitol to call on Congress to reject President Trump's proposed cuts to U.S. EPA's budget.

Climate activists with the groups Green For All, Moms Clean Air Force and Climate Parents joined Democratic Reps. Nanette Diaz Barragán and Barbara Lee of California and Pramila Jayapal of Washington in urging lawmakers to protect vulnerable children and communities by fully funding the environmental agency.

Lee called the mothers "warrior women," praising them for taking on what she sees as the most pressing issue today. "Nothing is more important right now than the fight to save our environment," Lee said. "[You] are the resistance to this terrible Trump administration agenda, which is so detrimental to our planet."

The White House proposed to slash EPA's budget by 31 percent and sought a roughly 13 percent cut for the Interior Department in fiscal 2018. But Republican and Democratic appropriators in both chambers have said they were uncomfortable with some of the reductions.

The House Appropriations Committee in July approved a $31.4 billion spending bill for EPA, Interior and related agencies, giving them more than $800 million less than in fiscal 2017 but rejecting many of the administration's steeper cuts.

Gretchen Dahlkemper, director of Clean Air Moms Action, a community of more than 1 million parents across the country, said there is a vacuum of climate leadership in Congress that needs to be filled.

"We know as women, as mothers, it's critically important for us to come together and ensure we are protecting the health of our families and the safety of our communities," she said.

Barragán, a member of the House's United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, said global warming and environmental degradation are disproportionately affecting communities of color and marginalized people.

"To see women here today is so very important, because we need to make sure we're standing up for our communities, for our families, because this is a public health crisis," she said.

Dahlkemper said her group has scheduled a slew of meeting with lawmakers today, where she will urge them to take action on climate for the future of the country's children.

 



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