Green For All Statement on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Improving Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Oakland, CA – Today, Green For All issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased the number of farmers markets participating in its program. Last year, Green For All called for this policy change so that underserved communities have better access to healthy foods and that local businesses are given incentives that help build healthy communities.
“Access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to improving the health and well-being of low income communities. This is an important step to eliminating food deserts in our nation’s largest cities, but there is more work to be done to ensure all families have access to the healthy foods they need,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “This is the type of policy change needed to encourage small businesses to provide healthier options to their customers, and we will continue to work to encourage businesses to better meet the needs of underserved communities.” About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visitwww.gfa.fchq.ca.
Oakland, CA – Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins issued the following statement regarding the annual National Science Bowl competition: “I applaud the Obama Administration for continuing the tradition of the National Science Bowl and demonstrating his commitment to preparing our students for the jobs of the 21st century. Inspiring our students to pursue careers and in science, math and technology will ensure our nation continues to make important advancements in green technology and energy efficient innovations. At Green For All we know that the jobs of the future will be in the green economy and by training students in these critical fields we can help them compete and win, while preserving our nation’s precious resources for generations to come.” About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visitwww.gfa.fchq.ca.
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Oakland, CA – Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to cut dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants.
“It’s been 40 years since the passage of the Clean Air Act, yet many power plants have continued to emit unlimited amounts of pollution into the air. Today, we are proud to stand by the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifesaving decision to stand up for the countless numbers of people who suffer severe health issues due to dangerous carbon pollution. Each year coal-powered power plants throughout our country pump more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide into our air. This new rule will help protect our health, encourage innovation and create jobs. The magnitude of the health benefits from this decision will one day be measured in the prevention of hundreds of thousands of cases of childhood asthma symptoms, and staggering health costs. We applaud this decision which could be one of the biggest public health and environmental accomplishments of President Obama’s administration.”
Oakland, CA - Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins today issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Green Jobs Initiative announcing their findings on the number of green jobs in the U.S. "Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics has given those of us working to create green jobs and a clean energy economy more proof that our hard work is paying off for the American public. The BLS survey found that in 2010 that there were 3.1 million people working in green jobs, representing 2.4 percent of total U.S. employment. Green jobs are revitalizing our economy and these well-paying careers are providing pathways out of poverty for a large number of historically under-served, under-employed people in communities across our nation. The numbers represented by the BLS survey should be proof enough that we are succeeding, but polluters and groups such as the Heritage Foundation will most likely come out fighting against the Bureau. Skeptics should talk to one of the thousands of Americans with a green job. They are helping create healthier communities, protecting our air and water, and building a globally competitive workforce. The numbers are clear. Green jobs are helping lead us out of the recession. We can stay in the past and argue if clean energy jobs are real while letting China and other countries take the lead or we can take charge and add more power to the industry that is fueling our recovery." For more information on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Green Jobs Initiative visit:www.bls.gov/green About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry - all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca. Contact: Brian Purchia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.253.4330
20-year-old musician wins $1,000 and music video by submitting a song that honors Dr. King’s dream by calling for economic justice and green solutions
Today Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy, announced that musicians Silent C and Invest have won The Dream Reborn: Who’s Next music contest. Their winning song, “7 Billion,” begins with a news reporter announcing that the population of the world has reached 7 billion as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his famous; “I Have a Dream,” speech. The song taps into the power and responsibility of the planet’s growing population to create positive change: “This is not a black thing, this is not a white thing, this is a world thing, power to the people, 7 billion strong,” is the song’s refrain. Contestants were asked to write and perform a song about how Dr. King's inspiration leads them to push for a green economy. More than 40 different songs were submitted during the month-long contest, which began on Dr. King’s birthday. The public selected the winners by voting for their favorite songs on Facebook, and more than 5,000 votes were cast. “We are thrilled by the amount of passion and creativity that made up the Dream Reborn entries this year,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “The winning song was a moving tribute to Dr. King, the environment and economic justice.” Silent C, a.k.a. Christian Dior Wade, a 20-year-old musician living in Atlanta, GA, and Invest, an artist/entrepreneur who was born and raised in Oakland, won the $1,000 grand prize – and the opportunity to have their music video produced by Green For All. “I hope this song makes people realize that with seven billion people in the world, we need to come together more than ever to help each other and the planet we all share,” said Silent C. “Promoting economic justice and green solutions is a great way to honor Dr. King’s dream.” The competition caught the attention of record producer Jack Knight, who has created songs for stars such as Diddy! and Jennifer Lopez. Silent C and the other two top performers will receive one-on-one advice and feedback on their music from Knight. The second-place song and winner of a $500 prize is “Climate Control.” The song was written and performed by the Green Team, a talented group consisting of Marvelous, Moe Cash and MJ, students at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul, MN. Green For All held a similar contest in 2010 called The Dream Reborn. The Climate Change Crew, a group of middle school students in Minnesota, created the winning performance in that contest. Green For All will release the music video for “7 Billion” later this year. Watch “Change is Needed” by The Climate Change Crew: Watch on You Tube About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca.
THE BLACK EYED PEAS PARTNERS WITH RETHINK, GREEN FOR ALL, AND LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS ON ENERGY NEVER DIES TOUR
Launches campaign to promote a clean-energy economy, including a unique recycling initiative on tour
WASHINGTON – The Multi-Platinum group, The Black Eyed Peas, today announced a partnership with Rethink, Green For All and League of Conservation Voters (LCV) to raise awareness about climate change and to promote a strong clean-energy economy during the U.S. leg of their 2010 The E.N.D. World Tour. will.i.am, member of six-time Grammy Award winning The Black Eyed Peas said, “From creating new sustainable products out recycled bottles to capping harmful global warming pollution, the actions and policies that protect the planet for future generations are the same as those that create new jobs and economic opportunities. The Peas are proud to be getting the word out about these important efforts, and we hope everyone coming to the shows and visiting our website will get involved and take action.” The campaign launched in Washington, D.C., and will continue throughout the band’s 23 U.S. tour stops. Each city features a unique recycling initiative with Rethink, an innovative fabric and apparel company that focuses on producing sustainable fabric from recycled plastic bottles. Green For All volunteers will encourage fans at each tour venue to recycle their plastic bottles, which will eventually be converted into fabric to produce The Black Eyed Peas merchandise including t-shirts. In addition to supporting this recycling initiative, non-profit partners Green For All and LCV are conducting community outreach and educational events, including conversations around jobs and opportunities in the green industry. “Green For All is looking forward to working with The Black Eyed Peas on this national platform to continue changing the face of environmentalism,” said Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. “Green is not just a color. It is about bringing economic opportunity to struggling neighborhoods.” Across the country, communities continue to reel from record rates of unemployment. The campaign will work with fans to build momentum for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation in Congress that puts America back to work. "The League of Conservation Voters is excited about the opportunity to partner with The Black Eyed Peas to build support for action that creates millions of new clean-energy jobs and protects the planet from global warming pollution," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "It's time for our senators to work together to swiftly pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation -- so to quote The Black Eyed Peas, our message to the U.S. Senate is simple: 'Let's get it started.'" The MusicMatters division of Effect Partners in conjunction with The Black Eyed Peas World Tour promoter, AEG Live, is managing the campaign for the band. To learn more about events at each E.N.D. World Tour stop, visit www.blackeyedpeas.com