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Green For All Takes The Climate Change Fight Local With Launch Of #FuelChange Campaign Music Video
Harnessing the Power of Music to Inspire People Around the Country to Bring Clean Cars, Trucks, and Buses to their Neighborhood
Oakland, CA - On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Green For All, a national initiative founded by Van Jones to build an inclusive green economy, takes the Green New Deal local to tackle transportation emissions and kicks off a national campaign to bring zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses to communities across America with the release of its new #FuelChange Anthem. The anthem features black artists from impacted neighborhoods across the country from Oakland, CA to New Bedford, MA. The song and music video draws connections between transportation, climate, and health to tell the story of how transportation pollution is affecting people’s lives.
“It’s outrageous that our leaders aren’t doing all that can be done to address climate change,” said Michelle Romero, national director of Green For All. Romero continued, “Although the Green New Deal resolution failed in the Senate, the plan has opened the public’s eyes to the threat of climate change. Now we have to ask the question of what can we do at the local level to stop it. The answer is the #FuelChange campaign.”
Transportation pollution is currently the number 1 source of the U.S’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Green For All’s #FuelChange campaign uses music, art, & education to reach impacted communities who’ve traditionally been left out of the climate conversation and develop local leaders to take action in their own neighborhoods. Green For All aims to put a face and voice to the harmful effects that transportation emissions are having on people all across the U.S. and help spark a national movement for change.
“The political climate in our country is putting American lives at risk,” said Nisha Anand, CEO of The Dream Corps. “If the Trump Administration won’t tackle the climate crisis, the biggest threat we face, then Dream Corps will. We have power to fight the climate crisis in our neighborhoods right now. Bringing people from directly impacted communities to the fight is the first step in creating solutions that help us all.”
Transportation emissions not only contribute to climate change, they are also making kids and communities sick. Communities of color shoulder the greatest pollution burdens from transportation due to their close proximity to busy freeways and highways, diesel truck routes, and bus or rail systems. There are now more deaths from traffic-related pollution than traffic-related accidents.
To stop pollution and accelerate solutions, Green For All partnered with Big Picture Anthems to produce an anthem that could motivate a movement for clean transportation solutions. Together, Green For All and Big Picture Anthems launched a national #FuelChangeChallenge for poets, rappers, and singer/songwriters to learn about tailpipe emissions where they live and submit a verse for a chance to be featured in the project. From more than 50 submissions, four artists were selected: Nehemiah Vaughn of Oakland, CA; Cyarra Brown and Nashon Da Bomb of New Bedford, MA; and Warren Dickson of 3rd Rock Hip-Hop in Los Angeles, CA.
To learn more about Green For All’s #FuelChange campaign, visit greenforall.org/fuelchange
Dream Corps President Vien Truong Speaks for Green For All on “Clean Energy Infrastructure & the Workforce to Build It”
Good morning and thank you, Chairman Rush and members of the Subcommittee on Energy, for this hearing to discuss “Clean Energy Infrastructure and the Workforce to Build It.”
My name is Vien Truong. I am President of the Dream Corps and here on behalf of the Dream Corps program, Green For All, where we work to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.Read more
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey just introduced a Green New Deal Resolution that makes a bold statement about the federal government’s duty to develop a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society toward 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guarantee of living-wage jobs for anybody who needs one, and dedicated support for impacted workers and frontline communities bearing the brunt of pollution.Read more
“Policies have to be introduced immediately at the federal level,” says Vien Truong, the president of Green for All, a progressive group that supports a Green New Deal. “We have to start calling people to the mat — are they in or are they out? Are they going to be for actually beginning to address this with the level of urgency that we need or are they going to stand there on the sidelines and literally watch the tides roll in?” http://time.com/5524167/green-new-deal-proposal-congress/Read more
February 7, 2019
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced a resolution that would move the federal government toward a massive mobilization of resources to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guaranteed living-wage job for anybody who needs one, and a just transition for both workers and frontline communities. In response, Dream Corps and Green For All issued the following statements:Read more
UPDATED DECEMBER 22nd TO INCLUDE PHOTOS FROM LOCAL ACTIONS
Friday, December 21, 2018
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“All I Want For Christmas is a Green New Deal”
Green For All lights up the sky in cities across the country this holiday season to demand House Democrats support a Green New Deal
OAKLAND, CA -- Between December 21-31, Green For All and the Backbone Campaign will light up cities across the country projecting the message “All I want for Christmas is a Green New Deal” and other messages of support on local buildings. The organizations expect hundreds of people on the city streets to witness the incredible light display, which is aimed at bringing local attention to the national prospect of a Green New Deal, a mass mobilization of resources to combat climate change and strengthen the economy at the same time.
Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with a growing number of Democratic colleagues and organizations, has been asking Rep. Nancy Pelosi to create a select committee on a Green New Deal. One week ago, 1,000 young people even staged a sit-in at her D.C. office. But late Thursday night, Pelosi announced her plan to create a committee focused on climate change, but not task it with creating a Green New Deal. She also selected Rep. Castor (D-FL) to chair the committee, not Ocasio-Cortez as many believed she would. Castor has indicated she will not require members to sign a No Fossil Fuel Money pledge to serve on the committee, which was another component of Ocasio-Cortez’s request. Green For All, Backbone Campaign, and Sunrise Movement worry these actions signal that House Democrats may not intend to pursue climate action with the level of ambition set forth by Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal, to make progress on a timeline consistent with climate science. The organizations say this is not the end and will continue to press members of Congress to support a Green New Deal.
A landmark IPCC report that showed we have less than 12 years to address global climate change to avoid catastrophic consequences has reinvigorated climate activists to press for bold solutions, and a new Yale study showed a Green New Deal has strong bipartisan support among registered voters.
Green For All national director Michelle Romero believes a Green New Deal would not only tackle climate change, but could help address the rising cost of living and decreasing quality of life for many Americans: “Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a Green New Deal is really smart because it would address poverty and pollution at the same time. Low-income households pay the greatest percentage of their income on housing, energy, and transportation costs. Massive investments from a Green New Deal toward renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation electrification in underserved communities would go a long way toward reducing the cost of living, improving quality of life, and creating jobs for millions of Americans.”
Atlanta resident Daniel Hanley who will participate in the creative action in his community on Friday Dec. 21st said, “The climate crisis is a dire emergency that threatens us all, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized of the working class worldwide. Our beacon is an urgent call to action: we must democratize our economy and seize power from the unsustainable energy corporations that have thus far dictated policy, endangering our future in pursuit of profit. In 2019, Dr. King's beloved community of Atlanta is demanding a Green New Deal to revolutionize our energy infrastructure in a way that uplifts the working class and extends solidarity to all our family and friends on the front lines of the climate crisis."
WHAT: Messages stating “All I want for Christmas is a Green New Deal,” “#GreenNewDeal” and “GreenForAll.org” projected onto buildings using light.
WHEN & WHERE:
December 21st at 6:30pm
Midtown Atlanta at the intersection of Spring and North Ave.
December 21st at 6pm
Shopping Mall at Elston Ave and Logan Blvd, then Six Corners at Divison, Ashland and Milwaukee
December 21st at 8pm
Pershing Square Ice Rink, then outside City Hall at Grand Central Park
New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st ****
San Diego ****
December 22nd at 6pm
Fashion Valley Mall (near JC Penny)
December 21st at 7pm
Rep. Nancy Pelosi office, 90 7th Street, San Francisco
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December 21st at 6:15pm
5th and Pine, near Westlake Center, projection onto Nordstrom Flagship store
Washington D.C. ****
December 21st at 6pm
Westside of Rayburn House Office Bldg (intersection of Independence Ave and Washington Ave)
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Green For All is a national initiative to build 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 nonprofit founded by Van Jones.
Backbone Campaign develops local leaders to engage in creative strategies and artful action to accelerate social movements for progressive change.
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December 19, 2018
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Yesterday morning, workers in Buffalo, NY launched a union drive at the Tesla solar production facility. Located in the heart of the Rust Belt, the Tesla Gigafactory 2 is a photovoltaic (PV) cellfactory that produces solar roofing tiles, which look like conventional black roof shingles but contain solar cells.
A week after being elected as New York's 14th District congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a protest by a group of young environmental activists urging Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive House Speaker, to lead the party in developing a comprehensive, ambitious plan to address climate change in the next Congress.Read more
Right-wing media outlets seem to be waging a coordinated campaign to portray US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a dimwit radical. Their efforts will backfire. She is in fact championing the smartest, most practical idea in US politics to address two urgent problems: climate change and poverty.Read more