Authors: Van Jones
Congress just passed the FINAL version of the economic recovery bill. And guess what?
$500 million for green jobs training is included in the package!
This is a huge victory. And together, we've been fighting for it for more than a year.
The Green Jobs Act was signed into law in December 2007. Since then, we've fought time and again to secure federal funding for green jobs training.
In September, tens of thousands of us rallied across the country for Green Jobs Now. And in the past few months, you all made more than 300 phone calls and sent more than 30,000 emails to Congress.
So, tonight - celebrate! Feel the love on Saturday. Get some rest on Sunday.
And when our President Barack Obama picks up his pen on Monday, know that your action shaped what he signs: the biggest federal investment in our economy since World War II.
Thanks to our collective efforts, this recovery package will make a significant investment in people and the planet.
Learn more about the economic recovery package on our new web page.
Now, we make sure this $500 million gets spent the right way.
Our job is to make this legislative victory translate into real change in our communities. And we'll work closely with you to get the job done.
On Tuesday, Green For All is co-hosting a call on Race and Jobs, with the Applied Research Center.
Julian McQueen, our Field Organizer, will explain some of the green aspects of the recovery bill. He will discuss what they will mean for communities of color and low-income communities. Please join the call if you can: Tuesday, February 17th, at 1pm Pacific.
We just created a forum on Greenforall.org, to gather the best ideas on how to create green jobs and healthy communities with the recovery funding. Share your thoughts, wisdom, and questions with us - and each other.
But first, let's celebrate! Thank you for all you've done to get $500 million for green job training into this historic legislation!
P.S., Green For All is an advocacy organization, not a training organization. Therefore, we won't get a penny of this money for ourselves. Instead, we're going to work to ensure that worthy community programs across the country get every dime and every dollar that they need. Please help us fulfill our mission.
More on the economic recovery package.