Climate is Costing Californians Too Damn Much

I stayed up last night shopping for an air filtration mask for my 3-year-old because we’re experiencing hazardous air quality here in Sacramento, CA.

California is on fire, and there’s nowhere to escape for a breath of fresh air. The Camp Fire is reportedly the deadliest wildfire in the United States in a century.

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Van Jones, Macklemore, and Michelle Romero Teamed Up With the Yes on 1631 Campaign to Organize a ‘Get Out the Vote’ Training at University of Washington

SEATTLE -- On Wednesday, October 10th, Green For All organized a “Get Out The Vote” training for Yes on 1631 at the University of Washington, in coordination and collaboration with the Yes on 1631 campaign and UAW 4121 Climate Justice Workgroup.

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Green For All National Director Michelle Romero on Green Solutions for a Clean Energy Economy on Political Climate

In this episode of Political Climate, hosts speak to experts at the clean economy group Green for All, the conservative think tank R Street Institute, and the policy firm Energy Innovation about the policies they believe are necessary — and politically feasible — to implement.

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Register to Vote

Midterm elections matter!

This November, you have the power to elect representatives at all levels of government to represent the issues you care about. Several states also have important ballot measures on the ballot that may impact your life.

Register to vote here with Green For All. Even if you're already registered to vote at your current address, sign up with us to receive election reminders, polling location information, or to request an absentee ballot.

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Don't delay! Voter registration deadlines in some states can be as many as 30 days before Election Day.

 

 


Green For All Speaks to ABC News in Fresno on fuel efficiency and emissions rollbacks

The Trump Administration's efforts to stop California from imposing its own air pollution standards for cars and trucks got a negative reception in Fresno.


The EPA held the first of three nationwide hearings on the plan to strip states of their power to set emission standards and to roll back the gas mileage requirements for new cars. The EPA is getting input on their plan called SAFE for Safer, Affordable Fuel Efficient vehicles.

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Green For All Mobilizes Central Valley Residents to Speak Out for Clean Air, Clean Cars

Dozens of Central Valley residents put off work and other commitments to testify Monday at the U.S. EPA hearing on the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule”, a proposal put forth by the Trump Administration to weaken clean car standards (despite the misleading name).

The Latino community in particular, turned out in force to reject the Trump Administration’s clean car rollbacks. Testimony after testimony, residents spoke of the ongoing contamination and pollution they see in their communities: pesticides, water contamination, air pollution, asbestos. Rolling back the Clean Car Standards, they say, would further put their health at risk.

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[En Español] Festival ambientalista promueve el voto boricua y de las minorías

La organización Dream Corps afirma que el cambio climático ha provocado que huracanes como María, Irma, Sandy, Katrina y otros sean más frecuentes y más violentos. Los ciclones “pueden limpiar comunidades enteras en Florida y Puerto Rico”, aseguró a La Prensa Michelle Romero, directora de la campaña ‘Green For All’ de DreamCorps, una organización nacional que en alianza con grupos locales de la Florida Central impulsa una iniciativa para motivar el voto puertorriqueño y el de la “gente de color”.

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Youth, environment and immigrant groups host Orlando FreedomFest concert to enlist voters

Jones, founder of the environmental advocacy group Green for All, said the “climate refugees,” as he calls them, have more power than they may realize.

“Obviously, the devastation that happened in Puerto Rico and the botched recovery effort have made displaced Puerto Ricans critical to the election,” he said in an interview this week. “They need to send a message to both political parties that Puerto Rican issues and climate issues need to be taken seriously.”

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Global Climate Action Summit: Uplifting Equity

On September 11-14, Green For All participated in the Global Climate Action Summit and several affiliate events, joining leaders from around the world to celebrate our progress to curb fossil fuel emissions, uplift issues of environmental equity, discuss solutions and make additional progress toward an inclusive green economy for all.

Green For All co-founder Van Jones, Dream Corps CEO Vien Truong, and Green For All National Director Michelle Romero asked tough questions and posed innovative ideas to address the urgent threats ahead.

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Green For All National Director Michelle Romero Speaks Out Against Trump's Dirty Coal Plan

Romero described the statistics offered by Wheeler's EPA as nonsense, arguing that the "dirty economy actually costs us more" and saying that "struggling families and low-income communities are subsidizing the cost for big polluters to continue to profit."

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Green For All, Love Army Launch Climate Refugees Vote Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

Press contact: Press@dreamcorps.us // Nathaly: 510-593-8500 

Green For All and Love Army Launch “Climate Refugees Vote” campaign, Bring 1,000 People of Color Together to Build Unity and Encourage Participation in the 2018 November Election

 Photo caption: Reggaeton performer Jory Boy at We Are All America FreedomFest Sept. 15th in Orlando, FL.

ORLANDO, FL -- As Tropical Storm Florence tears up North and South Carolina, Green For All, Love Army, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition organized a 1,000-person gathering today in Orlando called FreedomFest: We Are All America, a concert to build solidarity and unity across Central Florida’s diverse communities, and to encourage voter turnout for the 2018 November elections.

Congressman Luis Guitiérrez (IL-04), Aja Monet (poet), DJ Blass (Reggaeton DJ from Puerto Rico), Jory Boy (Puerto Rican Reggaeton artist) Kerene Tayloe (Green For All policy director) and many others took the stage to celebrate the diversity of the Greater Orlando area and build unity across the many issues facing communities of color right now, including climate change. 

The event also served as the launch of Green For All and Love Army's “Climate Refugees Vote” Campaign to register 10,000 Puerto Rican climate refugees displaced by Hurricane Maria and 5,000 additional people of color in the Central Florida area, to turn the tide on climate action.

There are many issues at stake in November, from open Senate and House seats, to an open Governor's seat, and a ballot measure to restore voting rights to former felons. 

Michelle Romero, national director of Green For All, a national climate justice initiative said: “A few thousand votes can make all the difference in November. With thousands of displaced Puerto Ricans now living in Central Florida, and Hurricane Florence raging on as we speak, the Climate Refugees Vote campaign will empower people to take their power to the polls and turn the tide on climate action. Our families and our future are depending on it.”

3.4 million million American citizens in Puerto Rico were left without food, water or electricity after Hurricane Maria last year, a situation made worse by the federal government’s disastrous response. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Puerto Ricans were forced to flea to the states, with most now living in Central Florida. In the face of rising sea levels and extreme weather events, communities of color, coastal, and island communities are on the frontlines of climate change.

The current Administration has turned its back on Puerto Rico while continuing to deny climate change. Together, Green For All, the Love Army, Florida Immigrant Coalition, and local partners are ensuring that climate refugees have a voice in our democracy this November.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) called Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria “a continuation of his inhumanity” and said “everyone has to do their job to vote.”

Isabel Sousa, organizing director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition said: “[Trump’s response] was outright negligence and deliberate negligence, rooted in the racism he’s instilled since he started his campaign.”

Kalia Lydgate, national coordinator of the Love Army said: “With so much hate and divisiveness in the country right now, it’s more important than ever we are building unity, love, and solidarity. No matter where you came from, we are here and we vote. We need to vote for the country we want to be.”

By coming together to take their power to the polls, organizers hope to turn the tide on climate action and counter hate and division by showing solidarity on other issues affecting people of color. Learn more about the “Climate Refugees Vote” campaign at Lovearmy.org/climatevote or contact Michelle Romero, Green For All’s national director at michelle@dreamcorps.us  or 408-550-3121.

People are encouraged to register to vote at mivoto.turbovote.org

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Green For All, the climate justice initiative of The Dream Corps, works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All has uplifted the voice of people of color in the climate movement and advocated for solutions that strengthen neighborhoods, improve health, and expand economic opportunities for struggling families, since its was founded by Van Jones in 2008.


#LoveArmy,  the civic engagement initiative of The Dream Corps, is fighting hate and divisiveness in the United States, with love + power. Through education, connection, and action, the Love Army cultivates leadership and builds common ground using digital tools and platforms as well as face-to-face connection. Founded in 2016, Love Army has 3,000 Local Teams and 49,000 volunteers.


The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition led by its membership of more than 65 member organizations and over 100 allies. FLIC was founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004. FLIC has become a hub for a bold, agile and strategic multi-racial, intergenerational social movement. It works for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants.


Green For All National Director Michelle Romero Sits Down with KALW to Discuss Environmental Equity

The Global Climate Action Summit will be hosted here in San Francisco. World leaders will evaluate how far we’ve come since the Paris Agreement. The three-day event is co-chaired Governor Jerry Brown.

One featured speaker is Van Jones, former “Green Jobs Czar” in Barack Obama’s White House, and founder of Oakland’s Green for All, which advocates simultaneously for clean energy and job production. Green for All named a new National Director this month: Michelle Romero.

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The Green Guide to the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Week

The very first Green Guide to the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Week articulates the important role of African American voices in leading on climate change. Please share the guide far and wide. We hope that it will the beginning of us creating a stronger presence for environmental justice and the many voices in our community who are doing advocacy work. 

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Michelle Romero Announced as Green For All's New National Director

As we gear up for our upcoming 10th year anniversary, I am thrilled to announce Michelle Romero as Green For All’s rising National Director.

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Green For All Policy Director Kerene Tayloe Moderates Discussion On Sustainability for African Americans

Toyota helped kick off Afropunk Brooklyn with an intimate lunch and panel discussion about the importance of African Americans living sustainably.

The day before the Afropunk festival last weekend, the auto manufacturer hosted the event at Nas’ restaurant Sweet Chick, where panelists including Yoli, aka the “Queen of Green,” Yvonna Wright of Lomar Farms and “Dead Prez’s” Stic. Kerene Tayloe, policy director for Green For All, a national organization working to ensure people of color and working families have a place and voice in the climate movement, moderated the discussion.

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Don’t Overlook Equity Issues in City Climate-Action Plans

Cities that fail to make issues of equity and empowerment central to climate-action initiatives are not living up to the values of the movement, says a former mayor of Portland, Oregon.

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Where Are They Now? Chancee Lundy and Veronica Davis Fellows Class 2012

Chancee Lundy and Veronica Davis are former Green For All fellows who own a professional consulting firm helping businesses, governments and not for profit organizations in achieving and implementing their sustainability goals. They share their story about their time at Green For All and the impact the experience had on their journey to today. 

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Environmental groups redoubling outreach to people of color

Van Jones, the co-founder of the climate justice group Green for All, is seen speaking at the League of Conservation Voters' Chispa campaign rally in Las Vegas in 2017. The group has been advocating for diesel-fueled school buses to be transitioned to electric, a better alternative for the environment

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Green For All One of 25 Environmental, Advocacy Organizations Oppose Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh in New Letter

WASHINGTON - In anticipation of the start of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will begin on September 4, 25 of the nation’s leading environmental, legal, and advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing their opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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Green For All Deputy Director Michelle Romero On Carbon Captives: The Human Experience

Green For All Deputy Director Michelle Romero speaks to Climate One about different parts of the vast fossil fuel system that drive the global economy and explore how many are captives of an economy run on carbon.

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Climate Change is Hot Wedge Issue For 2018 Midterms, Polls Indicate

Raise your hand if you think talking about climate change is a risky move on the campaign trail in 2018 midterms.

Okay, now put your hands down.

Recent polling makes climate change look more like a wedge issue than a hot potato—especially for younger and Latino voters.

Polling shows that US voters not only understand climate science, but more and more are increasingly worried about it—including hefty shares of moderate Republicans and Independents. Yes, it appears conservative US voters lag behind, but their attitudes are looking more like outliers. There’s also strong bipartisan support for a range of policies to address climate change and voters support a stronger Environmental Protection Agency—even Trump backers.

And climate change is a particular focus for millennial and Latino voters.

A Pew Research Center study confirms that millennial generation voters—ages 22 to 37 this election season—are considerably more liberal than older Americans. What’s more, that group now represents 28 percent of the US adult population. These voters are considerably more likely to support climate action and the Congressional candidates who talk them up. According to Pew: “these young people are poised to have an outsized impact on political races—this year and subsequently.”  (See also: Ten US congressional districts where millennial voters could decide who wins this November.)

Pew notes that millennials are more than 40 percent nonwhite—the highest share of any adult generation—while millennials’ parents and grandparents are more like 79 percent white.  

Racial demographics in general are a factor in the electoral equation. Latinos are now the largest non-white racial group in America and they’re the second-fastest growing population after Asian Americans. There are 57.5 million Latinos in the US according to the most recent US Census estimates.

“This group is more than large enough to transform the political balance of power in key states and in the country as a whole,” author Steve Philips wrote in an article for The Nation.” Most immediately, Latinos now have the numbers to swing key races that will determine control of the United States Senate.”  It’s not inconsequential that all kinds of opinion research—and I mean poll after poll reveals strong environmental values among Latino voters, including support for aggressive action to address global warming. 

African American voters’ attitudes on climate change haven’t been measured as fully, and neither have Asian American or Native American attitudes. What’s available tends to show green values among people of color. A 2014 Green For All poll showed that minority voters are more supportive of candidates willing to give resources to fight climate change than those who do not. I wrote about polling showing Asian Americans’ strong environmental attitudes a few years back. A 2015 Benenson Strategy Group poll found that 85 percent of African Americans supported global commitments on climate. And from the same year, a Green for All and Natural Resources Defense Council survey found that African-American voters were out ahead of white voters in both their concern about the problem and their backing for climate solutions. This is confirmed by more recent EcoAmerica metrics from 2017.

 

Read the full article here: https://www.sightline.org/2018/08/06/climate-change-hot-voter-issue-2018-midterms/


50+ Tri-Caucus Members Oppose Weaker Clean Car Standards, Warn of Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color

WASHINGTON – Members of the Tri-Caucus sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in opposition to the Trump Administration’s recently announced plan to weaken federal clean car standards. The bicameral letter, which was led by U.S. Reps. A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Doris Matsui (CA-06), expressed Members’ concerns that the new standards will result in an increase of air pollution, climate change impacts, and fuel costs that will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

“Tailpipe pollution has been linked to a variety of health problems, including asthma and other respiratory and cardiovascular conditions that can lead to premature death, as well as low birth weight and impaired fetal brain development, with lasting health and cognitive impacts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes this fact, stating that “economically disadvantaged and minority populations share a disproportionate burden of air pollution exposure and risk” and “experience higher residential exposure to traffic and traffic-related air pollution than nonminorities and persons of higher socioeconomic status,” wrote the Members of Congress. “Climate change, like air pollution, disproportionately affects low-income communities and communities of color. From coastal towns suffering from more severe tropical storms, to urban neighborhoods suffering from increasing heat waves, our communities are hit earliest and hardest by climate change. With transportation surpassing the energy sector as the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution, federal vehicle emissions standards are the most effective policy we have on the books to combat climate change.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Green For All applauded the lawmakers for their effort:

“Our nation’s clean car standards work to protect low-income households and communities of color who bear the brunt of harmful tailpipe pollution and suffer most from paying more at the pump,” said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Members of Congress who represent frontline communities should join with these leaders to prevent the Trump administration from driving these protections into a ditch.”

“Tailpipe pollution is a huge health and safety issue, and the Trump Administration is playing fast and loose with it, said Michelle Romero, deputy director of Green For All. “Recent studies have shown that traffic related pollution results in more death than traffic related accidents. Attempting to weaken fuel economy and emissions standards while forcing working families to foot the bill in increased gas prices and medical costs, is unconscionable.”

Full text of the letter is available here


Green For All Statement on Clean Cars Rollback: Trump Admin. Wants Families to Foot Bill for Dirtier Air

Today, the U.S. EPA released a proposal to weaken clean car and fuel efficiency standards. The public will have an opportunity to submit comments on the rule, which the administration has dubbed the “The Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026,” before the EPA finalizes it.

Green For All issued a statement in response to today’s announcement:

“The Trump Administration remains dead set on advancing a policy agenda that benefits big, corporate polluters at the expense of our health and safety. According to recent studies, tailpipe pollution can lead to 30 percent more premature deaths than car accidents. So, why is the Trump Administration doing everything it can to weaken standards that curb vehicle pollution?

The Trump Administration’s proposal would force families to foot the bill for dirtier, unhealthy air.

Current emission standards save families an average of $3,200-$4,800 per year on fuel. Weakening the standards means families would pay hundreds of dollars more in fuel each month. Meanwhile, people with asthma and respiratory issues like COPD, could pay more in medical costs and hospital visits. To force working families to pay for dirtier air, that’s ridiculous.”

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Green For All is a national initiative focused on building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is an initiative of The Dream Corps.


GFA Deputy Director Michelle Romero Talks to 94.1 KPFA About SCOTUS Nomination

Originally aired and published by 94.1 KPFA.

Green For All Deputy Director Michelle Romero talks to 94.1 KPFA about the implications of Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS Nomination and what Scott Pruitt's resignation means for the future of the environment. 

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Kavanaugh Nomination Threatens Climate & Communities of Color

by Kerene Tayloe 

With suspense like a prime-time reality show, President Trump announced his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy. While many suspected Trump would name a woman to The Court, he instead nominated Brett Kavanaugh; a 53-year-old man from Washington DC who served as a clerk to the Justice he will replace. Kavanaugh has been serving on the on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the last 12 years.

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Together, we did it. #BootedPruitt

By Kerene Tayloe

I didn't do much for Independence Day this year. On top of the ridiculously hot and humid weather, I just wasn't feeling it. It has been over 1500 days since the people of Flint, MI have had clean drinking water; there wasn't much to celebrate. Beyond the search for a good cookout, I was at home watching The Handmaid's Tale, the cautionary Hulu original series about  a dystopic American society that feels more like every day under this current administration.

But, as the good book says: “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”  (Psalms 30: 1-5) And what a morning it was. Who could have guessed that only a day after the federal holiday, we would be celebrating our liberation from Scott Pruitt?!

Scott Pruitt, the below-market-rent-paying, $43,000-phone-booth-on-the-taxpayers-dime- having, secret-schedule-from-the-public-hiding head of the US Environmental Protection Agency  resigned!

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I am floored. The number of federal inquiries against Pruitt during his time at the EPA kept adding up. Public pressure was mounting for him to resign, but still it seemed unlikely given that  either Trump would have to fire his own pick for EPA, or Pruitt would have to quit himself.

In fact, when Green For All joined forces with a coalition of national partners to launch the #BootPruitt campaign, there were definitely people who doubted us. But alas, I am amazed how the coordinated efforts of so many to shine light on Pruitt’s seedy ways has finally come to a victorious end.

Our coalition published a full page ad in the New York Times calling for Pruitt’s resignation, garnered nearly 1 million petition signatures, and worked tirelessly to amplify in the press how Pruitt’s actions were hurting communities.

Right now, I’m dancing. And, we must not lose sight of who will replace Scott Pruitt. Andrew Wheeler will be the acting Administrator of the EPA, and though he might not be running around town trying to get his hands on a Trump hotel mattress or figuring out how to get his wife a Chick Fil-A  franchise, he is still very aligned with the same groups as Pruitt. Wheeler is a lawyer and former lobbyist for the coal industry. He lobbied on behalf of Murray Energy, the nation's largest privately owned coal company run by vocal climate change denier Robert Murray. Before becoming a coal lobbyist, Wheeler was a longtime staffer for one the biggest climate deniers on Capitol Hill, Senator James Inhofe (IA). That's right, the same Senator who took a snowball on to the Senate floor as “proof” that climate change isn't real.

So while the name at the head of the EPA has changed, the same kind of destructive policies are in place and will continue. The same EPA that has been working diligently to roll back over 67 rules protecting our water, air, you name it.

The same EPA that dismissed a civil rights claim of an all black town in Alabama who is dealing with toxic coal ash that was moved away from a town 90% white into their backyards. Many of the residents are experiencing health problems affecting their nervous and reproductive systems. This EPA found no “causal connection.”

The same EPA that wants to roll back fuel efficiency standards that determine how much pollution vehicles can emit. The very same standard that, if rolled back, the federal agencies themselves acknowledge “would result in increased adverse health impacts (mortality, acute bronchitis, respiratory emergency room visits, and work-loss days) nationwide.”  Countless studies have found that people of color are the most heavily impacted by the pollution from cars and trucks. Rolling back clean car standards will also have a negative impact on families’ pockets. The current fuel economy standards are on track to save families an average of $3,200 per car and $4,800 per truck over the lifetimes of model year 2025 vehicles.

So again, this victory feels good. Scott Pruitt had no business being over the EPA. And, our work must go on.

Acting Administrator Anthony Wheeler is a Washington insider who definitely understands the political landscape. We will need to duplicate our efforts.

Moms must continue to show up and demanded a fully funded EPA . We must not be afraid to respectfully confront our public servants. The rallies must continue and the support for the EPA career professionals who genuinely care about our environment must also go on. Now, more than ever, we must also register all eligible Americans to vote and vote for representatives who care about protecting our environment.

Because if there’s anything to take away from our successes this year -- securing a FY 2018 federal budget that protected critical funding for environmental programs, and booting Pruitt out of office -- it’s this: In both scenarios the likelihood of success was a long shot, but we rose up anyway because it was the right thing to do. It took all of us lifting our voices and standing together to win against an administration that has intently sought to divide us. And winning, we proved, is possible.

We need to share our stories of how we are being impacted by climate change every single day. Our stories matter. They make a difference. They can change hearts and minds. They can weaken divides. And they can heal our country.

So, dance a little and get some rest today. Tomorrow is a new day to resist, unite, and continue protecting this future worth fighting for. Green For All will be releasing a new platform for sharing your story with us later this month. Stay tuned.

 

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Kerene Tayloe is the policy director at Green For All, based in Washington D.C.


EMA Honors Gala Recap with Michelle Romero

The Environmental Media Association Honors Gala honors some of “the most influential green leaders in entertainment, technology, and business.” Green For All’s Deputy Director, Michelle Romero had the opportunity to capture the action live from the green carpet, and speak with some of the greatest innovators, thought leaders, and changemakers, who are working to create a better world.

 

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THE HILL: Closing coal plants is reducing premature births — immediately

OP-ED originally published in The Hill by Vien Truong and Mary Anne Hitt.

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As moms, we'll never forget those last few weeks of pregnancy, a nervous and exciting time when the rest of the world seemed to fall away, as we did everything we could to provide a safe and peaceful entry into the world for our babies. That time is cut short for moms who give birth prematurely, and a stunning new study out this week found that pollution from coal and oil power plants is linked to higher rates of premature birth[...]

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PARENTS: 8 real moms that make the world a better place

Who better than a parent to tackle the biggest problems facing families? In honor of Mother’s Day, Parents magazine asked eight leaders to write meaningful messages to those they love. Dream Corps CEO and Green For All director Vien Truong is featured at number 7. 

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Vien Truong 
As the CEO of the nonprofit Dream Corps and leader of its Green for All national initiative, Truong, mom of 5-year-old twins, is on the front lines tackling poverty and pollution. "This work is a labor of love," she says. “I’m joining moms and hundreds of volunteers across the country to fight for all our kids. Whether they’re working to switch from diesel to clean fuel or to fix contaminated pipes, they’re all operating from passion, from a place of unconditional love. It’s not about politics or recognition or anything else. In that way, these moms remind me of my own mother.”

Read the full article on Parents.com


Van Jones takes on climate myth: You can save the planet and have good jobs

Van Jones co-founded Green For All to solve poverty and pollution at the same time. We're building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. We're bringing clean energy, good jobs, and better health to communities who need it most. 


Al Gore: Trump 'ought to fire' Scott Pruitt

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/04/06/al-gore-trump-pruitt-van-jones-show-sot.cnn

(CNN)Former Vice President Al Gore said President Donald Trump should fire Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Donald Trump ought to fire him," Gore said in an interview with CNN's Van Jones on "The Van Jones Show," airing Saturday. "It won't do him any good for me to say that," the former vice president quipped. "But if I told him to keep him on, maybe that would make him fire him."
Pruitt has come under intense scrutiny as a result of being involved in multiple controversies. 

Green Causes Are Not Always Colorblind

The energy mix of a country, state, and local region can be considered a common good, as the power companies that provide electricity are local monopolies and customers generally do not have a choice in who their provider is. While there are operations like Clean Choice Energy that allow customers to opt in to having their energy use accounted for by renewable sources, by and large all the costs and benefits of a region’s energy mix are thrust upon the customers without their input. The political process is an available tool to voice a community’s concerns in the issues that are government-regulated, but the specter of NIMBY will often force decisions that benefit those with the most political pull (e.g., communities in high-income areas and with strong ties to the decision makers) at the expense of everyone else.

Read the full story at The Energy Collective.


Van Jones on Scott Pruitt: "Worst EPA person ever"

 

Green For All has joined forces with national partners to call for EPA Administration Scott Pruitt's resignation.

Sign our petition to #BootPruitt here.


Leading Environmental and Progressive Organizations Launch Boot Pruitt Program

New coordinated effort aimed at forcing Scott Pruitt, the embattled EPA administrator under multiple investigations, from office

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Grupos hispanos se unen para pedir la renuncia del líder de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental

Scott Pruitt, administrador de EPA, es un escéptico del cambio climático que está siendo investigado por malgastar fondos públicos. También está señalado por su contribución a debilitar normas ambientales que protegen la salud de millones de personas, especialmente de minorías.

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BREAKING NEWS: Moms came together and won full funding for the U.S. EPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018

Contact: Kerene Tayloe, Green For All, kerene@dreamcorps.us, 202-664-3767

 

Green For All Statement on the FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package:
A big win for the women who sounded the alarm on cuts to the U.S. EPA

Oakland, CA – Green For All today released the following statement in response to the approval of the FY2018 Omnibus spending package:

A year ago, when Trump introduced a budget proposal that would drastically cut funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green For All launched the Moms Mobilize Campaign to fight back. And we won. The EPA is the most critical agency for protecting our right to clean air and water.

“Green For All is thankful that Congress listened carefully to women, moms, and communities across the country who were outraged by the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for the EPA. Had the Trump cuts passed, it would have put clean air, water and the health of our communities at serious risk,” said Michelle Romero, Deputy Director of Green For All.

“A future worth fighting for is one in which our children have access to clean air and drinking water. We are pleased to see that Congress has acted in a bipartisan way to ensure that the EPA is provided the funding to do this work,” said Vien Truong, CEO of the Dream Corps.

In addition to keeping EPA funding at current levels, the Omnibus provides well needed funds to address clean and safe drinking water and Superfund programs that are vital to communities across the country, especially communities of color who are most impacted by pollution.

We thank the many women who participated in our Moms Mobilize campaign, including the grassroots activists and celebrity women who signed our open letter to Congress demanding full funding for the EPA. We also recognize the women of color in Congress who were the very first to speak out against cuts to the EPA in the budget bill, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragan (CA-44), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). It is efforts like these that we believe clearly articulated why the EPA is important to protecting the health of our most precious resource, our children.

That said, we do not take for granted that this budget provides needless funding for a border fence and leaves out support for the thousands of Dreamers who are doing all they can to comply with our laws and remain productive contributors to our society. It is our hope that Congress take seriously the need to support our Dreamers as well. We will continue to fight for our most vulnerable as we build an inclusive green economy for all.

To learn more about Green For All's moms mobilize campaign, visit greenforall.org/momsmobilize

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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, which brings people together to solve America’s toughest problems by backing initiatives that close prison doors and open doors of opportunity for all.







Green For All Statement on FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package

Oakland, CA – Green For All today released the following statement in response to Congress unveiling its FY2018 Omnibus spending package:

The release of the Omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 is a clear win for protecting public health and the environment

“Green For All is thankful that Congress listened carefully to the communities across the country who were outraged by the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. Had the Trump cuts passed, it would have put clean air, water and the health of our communities at risk,” said Michelle Romero, Deputy Director of Green For All.

“A future worth fighting for is one in which our children have access to clean air and drinking water. We are pleased to see that Congress has acted in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the EPA is provided the funding to do this work,” said Vien Truong, CEO of the Dream Corps.

In addition to keeping EPA funding at current levels, the Omnibus will provide well needed funds to address clean and safe drinking water and Superfund programs that are vital to communities across the country, especially communities of color who are most impacted by pollution.

We thank the many women who participated in our Moms Mobilize campaign, including the grassroots activists and celebrity women who signed our open letter to Congress demanding full funding for the EPA. We also recognize the women of color in Congress who were the very first to speak out against cuts to the EPA in the budget bill, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Nanette Barragan (CA-44), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18). It is efforts like these that we believe clearly articulated why the EPA is important to protecting the health of our most precious resource, our children.

That said, we do not take for granted that this budget provides needless funding for a border fence and leaves out support for the thousands of Dreamers who are doing all they can do to comply with our laws and remain productive contributors to our society. It is our hope that Congress take seriously the need to support our Dreamers.

Contact: Kerene Tayloe, Green For All, kerene@dreamcorps.us, 202-664-3767


Congressman Cleaver, Green For All, and Local Leaders Speak Out Against the U.S. EPA’s Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 22, 2018

Contact: Michelle Romero, Green For All, michelle@dreamcorps.us, 408-550-3121

 

Congressman Cleaver, Green For All, and Local Leaders Speak Out Against the U.S. EPA’s Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

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Pictured above: Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) gives opening remarks.

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was in Kansas City yesterday holding a public hearing on its proposal to repeal a program known as the Clean Power Plan. Local leaders joined Green For All and Congressman Cleaver for a community conversation in advance of the hearing, to discuss the Clean Power Plan’s implications for community health, jobs, and the local environment.

“Many of the harmful emissions torching the planet are also making our communities sick. We’re seeing high rates of asthma, cancer, and pollution-related disease in our communities,” said Michelle Romero, deputy director of Green For All, a national climate justice initiative founded by Van Jones. “People of color are hit first and worst because of their proximity to the dirtiest sources. Investing in clean energy can reverse this trend and improve public health.”

The Clean Power Plan, enacted by the Obama administration, is aimed at combating climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Power plants account for 40 percent of the United States’ climate pollution.

U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-05) said, “We know that clean energy works. Under the Obama Administration, Recovery Act stimulus funding helped to deploy clean energy and build green infrastructure right here in Kansas City, Missouri. We even put solar on the roof of a local high school. We need more of that now and we need the Clean Power Plan.”

Sixty-eight percent of African Americans in the U.S. live within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant, and 80 percent of Latinos live in areas that do not meet basic air quality standards set by the U.S. EPA. Kansas City and St. Louis have the highest rates of asthma in the state of Missouri. Local residents hoped that programs like the Clean Power Plan would accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy to improve conditions in heavily impacted communities.

Margaret J. May, former executive director of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council said, "Our ability to live healthy and well is largely dependent on the quality of air we breathe. Clean energy principles must be followed by industry and individuals to ensure a future for our children."

Clyde McQueen, President and CEO of Full Employment Council added, “Clean energy is not a matter of how, but when. Fossil fuels are finite by their very existence and we need to plan for their eventual depletion, and eventual transition to a green economy. For once we can proactively plan for the employment and business opportunities that will be created and ensure that the unemployed and undercapitalized in rural and urban areas are not the last to be included in economic opportunities of the eventual green economy."

Over the past year, clean energy jobs in solar and wind have outpaced job growth in the rest of the U.S. economy, growing 12 times faster. From 2015-2016, the clean energy sector in Missouri added 2,772 jobs, growing three times faster that the state economy as a whole. Climate change would increase the costs of business in Missouri by threatening economic activity and services while pushing insurance premiums higher, putting 110,838 small businesses at risk.

“Clean energy and mitigating climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been a high priority in Kansas City over the past decade, and all of our efforts in these areas include promoting social equity and creating new local jobs,” said Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for Kansas City, Missouri.

The focus on building more sustainable energy infrastructure in Kansas City is paying off, but local leaders agree more is needed.

Ashok Gupta, senior energy economist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said, The Clean Power Plan would no doubt boost an already thriving local clean energy economy that is driven both by the dropping price of wind and solar energy, efficiency improvements to homes and businesses, and electric vehicles.”

“In the Westside neighborhood, we’re teaching residents about energy efficiency and putting solar on affordable housing,” said Gloria Ortiz-Fisher, executive director of the Westside Housing Organization. “We’re making housing more affordable for low-income residents by reducing the cost of their energy bills. Programs like the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Energy Incentive Program would enable us to continue this work.”

The Clean Power Plan would result in a 37 percent reduction in harmful carbon emissions from power plants in the state of Missouri by the year 2030, and a 44 percent reduction in the state of Kansas. Following the community conversation, residents travelled to the U.S. EPA hearing to join people from across the region in asking the current administration to keep the Clean Power Plan.

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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 accelerator founded by Van Jones.

 


GOVERNING: California Launches Environmental Justice Bureau

By Peter Fimrite

Frustrated by declining federal regulation of the environment and health disparities between poorer and wealthier communities, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday appointed a team of lawyers to fight pollution.

The four attorneys assigned to the new Bureau of Environmental Justice will focus on low-income Californians and people of color who suffer a "disproportionate share of environmental pollution and public health hazards," according to Becerra's office

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THE HILL: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) gives Green For All a shout out

BY REP. EMANUEL CLEAVER (D-MO.)

President Barack Obama revealed the Clean Power Plan to the world in 2015. Obama referred to the proposal as “a moral obligation” and rightfully labeled it "the single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change.”

Obama’s sentiments were shared by a host of bipartisan congressional leaders, particularly my colleagues on the Safe Climate Caucus. And hundreds of multinational companies supported the plan. But instead of embracing this widespread consensus and building on meaningful progress, the Trump administration would rather jeopardize America’s global leadership and public health by moving backwards.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency, now under the environmentally-insensitive leadership of Scott Pruitt, seeks to undermine our nation’s top scientists and the EPA’s legal obligation by proposing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The EPA administrator’s sin is his willfully unconscious hijacking of future generations’ ability to drink unsoiled water and breathe unpolluted air.

We must not let this happen. With the EPA holding listening sessions across the country – one most recently in my district, the 5th District of Missouri – we must use this opportunity to take a stand for the environment and the well-being of our communities. 

In some ways it is irrelevant whether you believe in climate change or the idea that humans are contributing to climate change, because we are all certainly paying for its effects. In the words of Ben Franklin, an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Though a vocal minority have yet to embrace the facts that climate research has found, we must take action to mitigate these growing costs. 

We all have been haunted by the disheartening images from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. And we have seen footage of the damage caused by the devastating wildfires in California. This is all a result of climate change, which is exacerbated by carbon pollution. If we ignore this fact, the frequency and severity of extreme weather will exponentially increase, leaving hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill. And even more tragic will be the loss of life. 

As a parent and grandfather, I cannot help but also think of the environmental consequences that repealing the Clean Power Plan will have on children. At a time when many families are already on the brink, repealing this proposal would lead to more sick kids, higher asthma rates, more expensive hospital visits and thousands of premature deaths. 

And to make matters worse, the public health outcomes as a result of pollution are disproportionately worse for people of color.

America, we have a moral obligation to get this right. 

As proclaimed in the gospel of Matthew, I believe that our country will ultimately be defined by how we treat the least of these. Will the health outcomes of children and the sorrow of displaced families be taken into account in the future of America’s environmental policy? Our global stature starts with correctly answering these questions.

I commend groups like Moms Clean Air Force, Green for All, and others for holding Administrator Pruitt accountable and ensuring that all Americans have a voice in the environmental space. But we must also keep pushing forward. We must stand up, we must fight for future generations, and we must act on climate.

Turning our back on the Clean Power Plan is dangerous. The world is in desperate need of American leadership and innovation, and we cannot afford to ignore or delude our way out of this current crisis.

Cleaver represents Missouri's 5th District. 

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KSHB: Green For All discusses importance of the green economy, Clean Power Plan on Kansas City morning show

They are working to educate on opportunities available with clean energy and how each one of us can help reduce our carbon footprint. Kim Noble and Kerene Taylor, of Green For All advance solutions that bring clean energy, green jobs, and opportunities to the poorest, and most polluted communities in the country. https://www.kshb.com/entertainment/kcl/home-kcl/daily-ways-you-can-be-green-at-home

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KKFI 90.1FM EcoRadio with special guests Kim Noble and Kerene Tayloe

Victoria Cherrie from Nourish KC and Mariah Friend from After the Harvest KC join Craig Lubow to talk about food waste, including free area screenings of the movie "Wasted". Additionally, Kim Noble and Kerene Taylor from Dream Corp USA, a Green For All affiliate, join Richard Mabion.

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Happy (Green) Presidents Day

This Presidents Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate some of the “greenest” Presidents in our nation’s history. You might be surprised to find that half of them are Republican. 

Let’s start with President Richard Nixon (Republican). As president, Richard Nixon passed some of the most important environmental legislation in U.S. history. The focus of his efforts was protecting people from environmental hazards. Nixon passed the Clean Air Act to control air pollution across the country. The law is thought to be one of the most comprehensive air quality laws in the world. He passed the Clean Water Act to control pollutant discharges into U.S. waters. This law protects drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans from becoming contaminated. He also passed the Endangered Species Act, which of course protects endangered species from going extinct and preserves our food chain.

Nixon is also the one who established the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. The U.S. EPA was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. To sum it up, Nixon, a Republican, enacted some of the toughest environmental regulations of any president in U.S. history.

Ironically, every one of his landmark achievements is now at risk of being rolled back, eliminated, or defunded by current President Donald Trump, who claims environmental regulations are bad for the economy. Click here to take action. But enough about Trump.

President Jimmy Carter (Democrat) is another president worth our attention. In 1979, Carter became the first president to ever put solar panels on the White House. At the time, the Arab oil embargo had caused a national energy crisis, with oil prices jumping from $3 per barrel to $12 per barrel. Carter called for a campaign to conserve energy across the country and decided to put up 32 solar panels on the White House to set a good example. In his first year as president, he created the Department of Energy, passed the Soil and Water Conservation Act, and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

He also helped to further strengthen the Clean Air Act by setting limits on industrial sources of pollution. A critical component was establishing fines equal to the cost of cleanup for companies that did not comply. Carter understood the American people shouldn’t foot the bill for industry’s pollution (something Democrats and Republicans today should seriously think about).

In early 1980, Carter signed legislation to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding to clean up abandoned toxic waste dumps (aka “Superfund sites”). And, he pushed for the passage of the Alaskan National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which provided special protection to over 100 million acres of land, including national parks, national forests, and wild and scenic rivers. All of these achievements land him on our list of “green” presidents to celebrate.

Next up, President Teddy Roosevelt (Republican). President Roosevelt was considered the first modern environmentalist president. During his presidency, Roosevelt took aggressive actions to preserve the balance of the natural world. He signed at least 50 executive orders protecting natural resources and wildlife. For example, in 1903, plumes for women’s hats were in high demand and that had led to the decimation of shorebird populations. After visiting Pelican Island in Florida to see for himself, Roosevelt created the Pelican Island Bird Reservation.

Through the Forest Reserve Act, he protected 150 million acres of land as public land. This eventually lead to the creation of the U.S. Forest Service. Year after year, he continued his crusade, protecting more land and more species from being devastated.

Roosevelt was an avid hunter and taxidermist, but he understood that if the actions of hunters, miners, and timber cutters weren’t controlled, they could pose a serious threat to entire ecosystems. For Roosevelt, it was about balance, so that everyone who enjoyed and depended upon our natural resources could continue to benefit.

Last but not least is President Barack Obama (Democrat). Now, we should probably mention that Green For All has a special affinity for this president. Inspired by our co-founder Van Jones’s best-selling book The Green Collar Economy, Jones served at the President’s request as special advisor on green jobs.

Many of Obama’s policies helped to jumpstart the green economy and bring it to disadvantaged communities. In 2009, Obama’s stimulus package not only helped the U.S. out of the Great Recession, it also invested billions in clean energy technology. These programs helped to make wind and solar energy more affordable in the last nine years. Obama also helped to fund the Green Jobs Act, which put hundreds of thousands of Americans to work building a more sustainable future.

What some people probably don’t know is that Obama also fought to bring justice to coal miners. He put forth the POWER Plus Plan, which would have deployed $1 billion for workforce and economic development in coal communities feeling the effects of a global transition to a new clean energy economy. His proposal was blocked by the Republican-controlled Congress. But that didn’t stop him. He found a way for his idea to move forward through the POWER Initiative. This initiative began awarding some smaller grants available for economic and workforce development projects in Appalachia and other coal communities across the country.

Obama also played an international leadership role on climate change, signing on to a global agreement to curb climate change known as the Paris Climate Agreement. In 2015, he introduced the Clean Power Plan to address one of the largest sources of the U.S.’s share of climate pollution: power plants. It was the first ever federal rule to limit pollution from power plants. Overall, Obama made protecting the environment a important cornerstone of his presidency.

Take action to defend these presidents’ legacy:
Tell the U.S. EPA to protect Clean Air


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  • Name two Republican presidents who were "green." Check your answers at greenforall.org/greenpresidentsday #GreenForAll #PresidentsDay

  • Who was the first President to put solar panels on the White House? Check your answer at greenforall.org/greenpresidentsday #GreenForAll #PresidentsDay

  • Can you name four Presidents who were "green"? Hint: Being green isn’t partisan: greenforall.org/greenpresidentsday #GreenForAll #PresidentsDay

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CITY LAB: The Uneven Gains of Energy Efficiency

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On a rainy day in New Orleans, people file into a beige one-story building on Jefferson Davis Parkway to sign up for the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal grant that helps people keep up with their utility bills. New Orleans has one of the highest energy burdens in the country, meaning that people must dedicate a large portion of their income to their monthly energy bills. This is due in part to it being one of the least energy-efficient cities in the country.

For many city residents, these bills eat up 20 percent of the money they take in, and the weight of the burden can be measured in the length of the line.

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A Refugee No Longer in Flight

A Refugee No Longer in Flight

Vien Truong, the new CEO of the Van Jones-founded Dream Corps, digs in for a fight.

If you want to see Vien Truong get angry, ask her about lead in paint chips.

“My kids play in the playground, in the dirt, and then put [contaminated soil] in their mouths,” says Truong, a longtime activist and resident of Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, where inhabitants have more lead in their blood than the residents of Flint, Michigan. The mother of four-year-old twins, Truong was recently named the CEO of Dream Corps, the nonprofit founded by another well-known environmental fighter, Van Jones. “They’re also at a risk because of a lack of investment in this community,” she continues, “a failed school system, increased job insecurity, and increasing levels of desperation, which lead to increasing levels of crime and violence.” Because of all these problems, she says, people who live in Fruitvale are expected to live eight years less than those in Walnut Creek. “My work my whole life has been to change that.”

 

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Clean Energy Jobs Lobby Day

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Oregon has an opportunity to pass a bold law that would cap and price climate pollution. If this bill passes, the largest polluters will finally be made to pay for their pollution. Best of all, proceeds will go toward putting Oregonians to work in the community making clean power like solar available to more people, upgrading homes and businesses to use less energy and save people money, building affordable housing near transit and investing in more transportation options. We're inviting you to join us for a day of action in support of passing Clean Energy Jobs legislation in Oregon.

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Montford Middle School Students in Tallahassee, Florida win Green For All’s KidClimate Art Contest

While Trump attacks clean energy progress, these students envision a more sustainable future.

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HARDWOOD FLOORS MAG: Time for Change Foundation Receives New Hardwood Floor

Bona® in Partnership with the Environmental Media Association Donates Hardwood Floor to Time for Change Foundation’s Sweet Dreams Facility in Collaboration with Green For All

Published January 12, 2018 by Hardwood Floors Magazine.


PRESS RELEASE: Lead in Oakland School Water Still a Problem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, January 8th, 2017

Contact: Michelle Romero, 408-550-3121
Contact: Larry Brooks, 510-567-6852
Contact: Dr. Vicki Alexander, 510-325-7022
Contact: Jason Pfeifle, 626-221-4925

 

Lead in Oakland School Water Still a Problem, say Parents and Local Groups 
Coalition Calls for Stronger Action to Protect Kids

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Oakland, CA – As kids come back to school today, tests continue to show problems with lead-tainted water at a number of Oakland schools. With the most recent tests, 45 Oakland schools and child development centers have now had at least one water tap that's failed to meet the pediatrician guideline for lead in school drinking water. Parents and local groups are calling for stronger action and a comprehensive policy that will ensure the water at Oakland schools is always safe for kids to drink.

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KRON 4: Activists, parents concerned about high lead levels in Oakland school water

November 1, 2017.

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OAKLAND (KRON) — New tests have revealed that high levels of lead have been detected in several Bay Area schools’ water.This time, seven schools have tested higher than federal regulations allow.

In a news conference on Wednesday, a local organization is calling for someone to deal with this serious situation.

Crocker Highlands was one of 50 schools recently tested in the Oakland Unified School District. “And that’s certainly a start, but this isn’t enough,” CALPIRG Public Health Advocate Jason Pfeifle said.

Calling on the Oakland Unified School District to step in and immediately take action, the group of activists, parents, doctors and a school board member addressed the recent test results revealing seven schools in the district showed higher levels than allowed by federal standards.

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SFGATE: Oakland parents, activists call on schools to get lead out of water

By Jill Tucker, for SF Gate. November 1, 2017

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Oakland parents and community activists called on school officials Wednesday (November 1) to adopt a policy that ensures students have access to safe drinking water, an outcry spurred by test results showing faucets at seven school sites had high levels of lead.

“We’re talking about the water in schools being dangerous to our kids,” said Vien Truong, CEO of The Dream Corps / Green For All, and an Oakland mother whose child is in kindergarten. “Our families already have too much to worry about — they shouldn’t have to fear drinking water at schools.”

School board member Roseann Torres said she expects the panel to vote before the end of the year on setting testing requirements and possibly reducing allowable lead levels in school drinking water.

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Green For All heads to West Virginia to protect clean air

Green For All's Kim Noble travelled to Charleston, West Virginia this week, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a 2-day public hearing on its proposal to repeal The Clean Power Plan.

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The Trump Administration believes that power plants should be allowed to pollute our communities as much as they want without repercussions. Through an executive order, Donald Trump directed the EPA to take steps to roll back The Clean Power Plan -- the only federal protection we have that limits power plant pollution. But it's not that easy.

We can stand up and speak out to stop this from happening. Our health should come first. And our communities can't afford to keep sending kids and seniors to the hospital with breathing problems, or pay the increasing cost of asthma medication simply because no one is holding big polluters accountable. These are health problems we can prevent.

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt put forth a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, per Trump's directive. Now, it's time for us all to speak up. 

Hear from two women Kim met at the hearing: 

Debbie Sims from Cincinnati, Ohio:
Danielle Walker from West Virginia:

TAKE ACTION 

We know most people can't travel to Charleston to testify. That's why we created a page where you can submit your own  public comment here: greenforall.org/cleanpowerplan

The EPA is taking public comments on the proposal now through January 16, 2018. We will make sure to deliver your comments directly to the EPA.  

Together we can and we will make sure that the Clean Power Plan moves forward, and our communities can breathe clean air. Thanks for doing your part. 


Kerene Tayloe breaks down proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan

Green For All's policy director, Kerene Tayloe, joined Young People For for a real conversation about what the Trump Administration's proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan means for families. 

Listen in, then take action!

The U.S. EPA is taking public comments now through January 16, 2018 on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. We need you to speak out for clean air for all.

Submit your public comments supporting the Clean Power Plan here: greenforall.org/cleanpowerplan

 

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ATTN: New mini-series features moms on the frontlines of pollution

Green For All released a new mini-series in partnership with Attn:, featuring the stories of women who are raising their families on the frontlines of pollution. These moms are mobilizing to fight for clean air and water all across America. 

Recently, the Trump Administration has tried to roll back every major clean air and water protection we have. Hear their stories on why this matters and what their fight is all about. Then take action. 

From Oakland:

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To Flint:
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To Las Vegas:

 

TAKE ACTION 

Here’s 3 things you can do to help:

1) Submit a public comment to support the Clean Power Plan, which would curb pollution from power plants like the one near Jacob’s school in Las Vegas (and around the country): http://greenforall.org/cleanpowerplan

2) Call Congress to protect U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funding from getting cut so we can hold them accountable to do their job! Much of EPA's money gets re-granted to states for things like water infrastructure. Call 202-335-1787

3) Ask your state Governor to use VW settlement money to transition dirty diesel buses to clean zero emission buses. Sign the petition here


A Coalition of Angry Moms Want Congress to Fix the EPA

Moms from the environmental activism arm of Van Jones' Dream Corps mobilized for climate justice in D.C.

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NOW THIS: This Flint mom warns us what could happen with a bare bones EPA

According to this Flint mom, Flint is a shiny example of what could happen to American people in any city with a bare bones EPA. Hear what she has to say about proposed funding cuts. Then join her in the fight against EPA budget cuts at: greenforall.org/notonourwatch

 


The 51 U.S. Senators Who Voted for a Budget that Could Send More Kids to Hospitals

OCTOBER 18, 2017 -- Today in Washington D.C., the U.S. Senate voted to pass a budget proposal that would slash funding for critical environmental protections, open up drilling in the Arctic, and in summary, put people's health and well-being at risk. Gutting funding for clean air and water protection programs puts Americans at serious risk. One Flint mom, Melissa Mays, warned earlier this month that a bare bones Environmental Protection Agency could leave cities across America susceptible to becoming the next #FlintWaterCrisis.  

So... who are the 51 Senators who voted for this #DirtyBudget that could send kids and our elders to the hospital? See below.

There's still time to introduce an amendment to protect EPA funding. 

  • Ask all Senators to step up and protect our right to clean air & water by introducing an amendment to #ProtectEPA funding. Use #AFutureToFightFor.

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5 Principles of Effective Carbon Pricing

The social cost of carbon pollution is not zero. Therefore, we shouldn't be charging zero to polluters who put poison and pollution into our air. But there's a right way to do carbon pricing and there's a wrong way. There's a way that uplifts all communities, and there's a way that leaves some behind. Download our 5 Principles for Effective Carbon Pricing to learn more:

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Then check out our Carbon Price & Invest section for a wealth of resources to get started in your community.


Clean Power For All Toolkits

The Obama Administration issued the first-ever rule limiting pollution from power plants. Despite the Trump Administration's efforts to now dismantle this rule, cities and states across the country are looking for ways to move forward on climate goals and get our pollution in check. The Clean Power For All Toolkits are exactly what every policymaker needs to get started. Learn how to design and implement carbon pollution reduction goals in a way that is fair and just to even the most underserved communities. 

Our toolkits are the product of a healthy amount of collaboration with more than 10 national nonprofit partners and three universities.

We cover topics ranging from community engagement in policy design, to ways to make polluters pay, investments in underserved communities, green job creation, just transition for affected workers, and false solutions!

>>>DOWNLOAD ALL SEVEN (7) TOOLKITS HERE<<<

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Vien Truong shares her powerful story in Green For All mini-documentary series

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

Courtesy of Politic365.

 

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

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.

 


Moms Mobilize to Protect Funding for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2017
Contact: Nina Smith, 301-717-9006nina@megaphonestrategies.com
Inarú Melendez, 413-331-9530inaru@megaphonestrategies.com


Green For All, Moms, Reps. Jayapal, Barragán, Lee, Jackson-Lee and Gabbard Lead Day of Action for Climate Justice

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Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7th District), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44th District), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13th District), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2nd District), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18th District) joined moms and women from all walks of life for a press conference and day of action calling on Congress to get serious about protecting kids and communities by fully funding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Moms Mobilize launched in response to Trump’s proposed historic budget cuts to the EPA, which gut superfund toxic waste sites and undermine critical air and water protections. Members of Congress joined parents fiercely concerned about recent climate disasters including fires raging in the West, hurricanes flooding our communities, and diesel fumes and dirty power plants polluting our air. Together, they pledged their support for restoring critical funding to the EPA. Women, moms, parents and advocates delivered over 300,000 signatures to Congressional offices over the course of the day.

 “The Trump Administration has launched an all-out assault on the EPA and the communities it serves,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Families across the United States rely on EPA programs to prevent environmental degradation, protect public health, and mitigate the devastating effects of climate change. These safeguards are of particular importance to low-income communities and communities of color, who are more likely to live near pollution and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It is up to every one of us to raise our voices and speak out against proposed cuts to the EPA. After all, the long-term health of our families depends upon a healthy planet.”

“It is incumbent on mothers to lead the charge, to speak out, and to force elected officials to put the needs of our planet, our people, and especially our children above partisan posturing and politics as usual,” added Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said, “Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have made it their mission to beat the EPA down, but we’ve made it our mission to fight back with full force. I’m proud to fight alongside Green For All and Moms Clean Air Force to ensure a safer, better, cleaner future for our kids. We know that big polluters and climate change are hurting kids across the country, especially low-income children and children of color. Fourteen percent of black children have asthma compared to eight percent of their white counterparts. Fetal death rates in Flint, Michigan, increased by 58 percent following the water crisis. Moms always know, and women always know, what side of justice is the right one. It would do big polluters and Republicans in Congress some good to hear our voices, because when it comes to our kids, we won’t be silenced.”

 “Your zip code shouldn’t define the quality of the air you breath or water you drink,” said Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán. “People in my district are relying on the EPA to do its job. Whether it’s lead in our drinking water or carcinogens in our air, my district is facing an environmental public health crisis that’s a danger to people, especially our most vulnerable: our children and seniors. We need to stand up for our families and our communities, because we all deserve clean air and clean water.”

 "We should be putting all of our energy toward leveraging and mobilizing our technological resources to transition to an environmentally-friendly, low carbon economy and reduce the pollution that damages our health, air, and water, and disproportionately affects low-income communities,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Sadly, by arbitrarily slashing the budget of the EPA by one third, we are moving in the wrong direction.  We must dedicate necessary resources to protecting our communities, especially those that bear the brunt of our country's addiction to fossil fuel and climate change.”

“After experiencing the fury of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now, seeing the devastation in Puerto Rico, Congress and the Trump Administration can no longer deny our climate crisis. That’s why moms and women from all walks of life are coming together to demand that our leaders fully fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corps and leader of Green For All. “We cannot wait until the next costly emergency to invest in the future and protections our families deserve. Without it, there will be more Flints, more Brandywines, more Houstons, more San Juans. We won’t let that happen. Not on our watch.”

“Simply put, Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are ruthlessly irresponsible. They would put the health of our children and the safety of our communities in serious jeopardy by gutting bedrock pollution protections that our families depend on. We can’t risk more asthma attacks, more toxic pollution, and more lead in our children’s drinking water. What’s more, recent hurricanes have reminded us how essential the agency is to the ongoing clean-up of hazardous sites in Texas, Florida and now Puerto Rico. Now is not the time to cripple an agency so critical to our children’s well-being,” said Gretchen Dahlkemper, Director of Special Projects for Moms Clean Air Force, a community of more than 1 million moms and caregivers united in the fight against dangerous air pollution. 

Liz Martin Perera, Climate Policy Director, Federal Policy for Sierra Club, added, "As parents, it's our job to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our kids. It's the sacred duty of any President of this nation to do the same. The fact that the Trump administration is proposing deep cuts to the EPA--which is charged with keeping our air safe to breathe, our water safe to drink and our climate protected--is both reckless and negligent. When a President puts the profits of polluters ahead of the health and safety of American families, it's clear he's taking sides against our kids and their future. Trump preaches climate denial while Americans suffer from catastrophic extreme storms, and he undermines climate solutions our kids deserve, like 100% clean energy. Moms, dads and grandparents are standing strong against EPA cuts, and standing up for---with every fiber of our being--the right of our children to live in a democracy where political leaders will protect our children above all else."  

Since it’s launch, Moms Mobilize has garnered support from celebrities including Ashley Judd, Ellen Pompeo, Alfre Woodard, Angie Martinez; andAli Wong; CEOs like Bozoma Saint John, chief brand officer at Uber; advocates from Moms Clean Air Force, Climate Parents, Mothers Out Front; and thousands of moms around the country. Read their open letter here.

 

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Green For All, Moms, Reps. Barragán, Gabbard, Lee, Jackson-Lee and Jayapal Lead Day of Action for Climate Justice

Green For All, Moms Clean Air Force, Climate Parents, advocates deliver over 300,000 signatures to Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

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BUSTLE: An Open Letter To The Women Of Congress, From Climate Change Activists, Actors, & Average Moms

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and historic fires, federal agencies are struggling to keep up. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration is pursing a 31 percent budget cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In response, over 100 women and mothers from all walks of life have come together to sign an open letter asking Congress to get serious about protecting kids and communities from poison, ending harmful pollution, and preventing the next climate disaster by fully funding the EPA.

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GREENBIZ: Why Moms (and the rest of us) Must Fight for EPA's Future

By Vien Truong for greenbiz.com

In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Americans have been compelled to face an indisputable fact: Climate change is real and it has set upon us. To continue oversimplifying it as strictly a matter of "global warming" is to deny the breadth and scope of its detrimental physical and economic impacts on the most vulnerable among us.

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GREEN FOR ALL: Moms Mobilize mini-documentary series [Trailer]

Green For All's CEO, Vien Truong shares why this fight against poverty and pollution is so personal. Hear from moms across the country -- as she travels to meet with women who are mobilizing for clear air, clean water, and a future for their kids. Then join us to take action and sign our petition:

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Meet Jaden: The kid fighting climate change with a comic book

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Recently, Green For All traveled to New York to sit down with Jaden Anthony, the 11-year-old who was inspired to do something to help people in Flint and other parts of the country. Jaden introduced us to his project. Kid Brooklyn is a graphic novel series that follows Jaden & friends as they are given the power to save the planet from evil aliens (disguised as corporations) and environmental crises. 

Watch Jaden's Video

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KQED Talks Climate Equity, Diversity in Tech with Vien Truong

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Van Jones and Green For All Rally with CHISPA for Clean Buses for Nevada Students

August 23, 2017. Article published in NEVADA FORWARD. By Andrew Davey. 

“It is very hard to learn when you can not breathe.” That’s the message Green for All founder Van Jones had for Governor Brian Sandoval (R) last Saturday. He joined Chispa Nevada and over 100 grassroots community activists in Las Vegas to call on the State of Nevada to invest in cleaner school buses for Nevada students.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Volkswagen has agreed to pay a total of $19 billion to settle the criminal and civil cases involving its diesel emissions cheating scheme. Volkswagen claimed its vehicles were “clean diesel”, even though they were actually in violation of federal fuel economy standards.

Nevada will likely receive $24.8 million from the Volkswagen settlement over the next 10 years.

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Making Sure Your Houston Relief Money Is Going to Black Folks Who Need It Most Isn't Easy

Reposted article published by The Root, contributor Charles D. Ellison.

People make their way out of a flooded Houston neighborhood Aug. 29, 2017, after it was inundated with rainwater following Hurricane Harvey. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Houston state Rep. Shawn Thierry’s majority-black district houses nearly 200,000 residents, the Houston Texans football stadium, and a massive population of folks who were already low-income and living from paycheck-to-paycheck.

They were all in the eye of the storm when Hurricane Harvey hit. 

“It’s really that bad,” Thierry, a single mom of a 4-year old, told The Root. “My house got hit, too; there’s mold everywhere. But I just really don’t have time to think about that; I’ve got to make sure my people are taken care of.”

But as millions upon millions of dollars roll in from a growing lineup of celebrities, athletes and a nation of sympathetic Americans eager to save #HoustonStrong, there’s no guarantee that much of that money will reach already economically battered Houstonians who need it most. 

 

 

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The climate movement’s new battle cry

By Bill McKibben for Nation of Change

The knock on environmentalists is that they’ve been better at opposing than proposing.

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Tour against hate makes stop in New Orleans

By James Sebastien for Louisiana Weekly

On August 17, New Orleans’ historic Saenger Theatre was visited by Van Jones’ WE RISE AGAINST HATE TOUR. The Crescent City was just one stop on this 14-city tour powered by Dream Corps’ Love Army (#LoveArmy) and in partnership with Roc Nation.

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Analysis | The Energy 202: Trump's lack of nuclear knowledge is what's really scary

By Dino Grandoni for The Washington Post

A year-and-a-half ago, Donald Trump was thrown a question about the U.S. nuclear arsenal that he still hasn't answered very satisfactorily.

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Can business leaders be culture healers?

Vien Truong, director of Green For All, is bringing equity, social justice and climate justice together to help build a prosperous and fair society.

This means healing the deepening divide between the "haves" and "have-nots" in the U.S. — and business leaders are in a position of responsibility to move the needle on these issues. The effective voice of businesses was evident when they joined forces to sign the "We're still in" pledge after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Agreement on climate. 

"We need businesses to be leaders more than ever before with the people they hire, the culture that they set, even how they influence states and governments, " said Truong during VERGE Hawaii 17. "We need businesses to step up as citizens." 

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More Boldly Going: A Family Foundation Turns to Activism in Trump Era

By Tate Williams for Inside Philanthropy

The giving of the Roddenberry Foundation to date has projected a kind of sunny progressivism, channeling creator Gene Roddenberry's and Star Trek’s optimism about human potential for innovation, equality, and inclusivity. 

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The power of community inclusion


Overcoming Our Toxic Legacy

This week, Green For All spoke with Heather Von St. James, an 11-year mesothelioma cancer survivor who has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. In 2006 her life was upended by an environmental toxin she was exposed to 30 years earlier. Now she has something to say to Trump, the families of Flint, and the country about pollution and the future we are fighting for.

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“What I want to say to the families in Flint is to not give up, to keep fighting. They want us to be silent, they want us to give up and just accept things, but we can’t and we won’t. We will continue to fight for what it right, what is moral. The truth will win in the end.” - Heather Von St. James 

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Sierra Club (via Public) / Environmental Justice Organizations Request EJ Report for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Programs in Maryland

Annapolis, MD-- Green For All, Free Your Voice, GreenLatinos, Maryland Environmental Health Network, Chispa Maryland of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Dr. Sacoby Wilson and the Sierra Club delivered a letter to Maryland's Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Hughes and Maryland Energy Administration Director Beth Tung today requesting an environmental justice (EJ) analysis of the pollution reduction and economic development impacts of the RGGI program.

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3 barriers holding equitable cities back

By Lauren Hepler for GreenBiz

In the grand scheme of pressing issues facing residents of U.S. cities — scarce affordable housing, high health care costs, anxiety about immigration status or racial tension, to name a few — warnings about the long-term consequences of climate change can, understandably, take a back seat.

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Sierra Club (via Public) / Environmental Groups Urge Support for Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Ahead of next week's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Latinos, Green For All, Safe Climate Campaign, Environmental Working Group, Endangered Species Coalition, Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Oil Change International, The Climate Reality Project, Clean Water Action, Climate Vote Hawks, and 350.org sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mcconnell, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and House Speaker Ryan and House Minority Leader Pelosi urging support of the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood. This letter follows a letter sent in March ahead of the House vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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The unsustainable whiteness of green

By Nikhil Swaminathan for Grist

Aaron Mair’s story starts out all too familiar to people of color who have encountered any of the big green groups: He asked one for help dealing with an issue of critical importance to the health of his family and community — and was turned away.

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EPA Cuts Are Way Too Extreme

By Climate Nexus for EcoWatch

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress said Thursday that the Trump administration's proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cuts are too harsh.

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VAN JONES ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE WE RISE TOUR powered by #LoveArmy

Exclusive Intimate Talks Combine Changemakers and Tastemakers

ACTION, CONNECTION AND EDUCATION 

(New York, NY: June 12, 2017) Van Jones & Roc Nation are proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership and nationwide event tour: WE RISE Tour powered by #LoveArmy. WE RISE will bring an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders to cities across the country this summer. Van Jones, a renowned activist, CNN commentator and two-time New York Times bestselling author will headline the tour promoted by Live Nation. 100% of net ticket proceeds will go to the Dream Corps initiatives and local charities.

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Podcast: Vien Truong — An Environmental Hero for Our Times

By Aimee Allison for Democracy in Color

 

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California Latinx Community Fights for their Future

By: Lauren Gaytan and Déjà Thomas

When planning commissions no longer listen to the citizens, citizens will make their voices heard. That is what community activists, like Raul Lopez, are doing in the fight for clean air and a healthy Oxnard, California in this video: Screen Shot 2017-06-07 at 1.19.15 PM.png

(Image credit Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)

Oxnard, California is a small farm-working community of color in Southern California that has mobilized their community to voice their concerns for their assets and dreams for the future, in the face of a proposed power plant, the Puente Power Project.

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Fast Company: Green Jobs Are Still the Future of Work After Trump's Paris Accord Pullout

And the most innovative companies already know it.

Fast Company June 7, 2017

Excerpt:

While President Trump stood in the White House Rose Garden last Thursday to announce America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, I was in Brussels at a green jobs conference. It was a stark contrast. Even as Trump announced that the world’s second-largest polluter would no longer commit to curbing carbon emissions, a choice he wrongly framed as good for the U.S. economy, I talked with European leaders about the promise of advancing a green economy and ways to avoid disastrous environmental policies that could undermine it.

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Prince's secret energy investment could help solar startups under Trump

By Maria Gallucci for Mashable

The late, great Prince quietly funded solar energy startups before he died last year, and now that funding could help young clean-tech firms navigate the turbulent Trump era. 

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Black Lives Matter raises $1,300 for Flint

By Brian Blair for Columbus Republic

Black Lives Matter of Columbus’ fund drive to help people in Michigan get their water pipes fixed stands at $1,300, according to organizers. A total of $500 of that was raised during a Saturday rally and march in downtown Columbus at City Hall and The Commons.

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Politicians and Environmentalists React After Trump Pulls US From Paris Agreement

By Yessenia Funes for Colorlines RSS Feed

The president says he's open to negotiating the terms of the agreement, though world leaders assert it can not be renegotiated.

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Paris Climate Accord: The Future Depends on Us

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Green For All’s director, Vien Truong, is participating in the European Commission’s Green Week in Brussels, where she is meeting with top European leaders to discuss the promise of advancing a green economy and the importance of avoiding Trump’s disastrous environmental policies.

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Green For All Statement on U.S.’ Potential Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Contact: Nina Smith, 301-717-9006, nina@megaphonestrategies.com 

Green For All Statement on U.S.’ Potential Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

OAKLAND, Calif.--Recent reports suggest that Donald Trump intends to back out of the Paris Climate agreement. This could reverse years of climate progress globally.

This week, Green For All’s director, Vien Truong, is participating in the European Commission’s Green Week in Brussels, where she is discussing the promise of advancing a green economy and the importance of avoiding Trump’s disastrous environmental policies with top European leaders.

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