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Hot New Hip Hop: Big Sean Joins #FixThePipes Campaign To Combat Flint Water Crisis

May 13, 2017: The Sean that keeps on giving. Big Sean's presence and aid throughout the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been well-documented. The Detroit-bred emcee certainly seems to hold the tragedy close to heart and has been one of many public faces to lend a helping hand to his neighbors in Flint.

All Hip Hop: Big Sean Joins #FixThePipes Campaign To Help Flint Residents

May 13, 2017: Detroit-bred rap star Big Sean has been one of the most involved entertainers in helping residents of Flint, Michigan dealing with the city’s water crisis. In 2016, Sean donated $10,000 for the #HealFintKids fundraiser, and he worked with the Heal Flint Kids project. The “One Man Can Change The World” performer has now also joined Green For All’s #FixThePipes campaign.

Afro American: Big Sean Joins Fight to Help Flint Water Crisis

May 13, 2017: Rapper Big Sean has joined a celebrity lineup helping to raise money for residents of Flint, Mich. still grappling with poisoned water. The “Bounce Back” rapper joins Russell Simmons, Common, CNN political commentator Van Jones, actress Frances Fisher, activist Little Miss Flint and others supporting the #FixThePipes campaign. All of them are using that hashtag to promote the cause on social media.

The campaign was initiated by Green For All, an organization co-founded by Jones that helps people and workers living in polluted places in the United States. Every $10,000 the group raises will fix pipes and bring clean water to a single family in Flint, according to the organization.

KTVZ: Merkley, Sanders goal: U.S. on all renewables by 2050

April 27, 2017: WASHINGTON - Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), along with Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), introduced landmark climate legislation Thursday that would transition the United States to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by no later than 2050.

“Climate change hurts us all, but it especially hurts low income communities and people of color. I know this from personal experience -- my zipcode has some of the highest rates of pollution in the country,” said Vien Truong, director of Green For All.

Washington Post: Laying a road map for states, liberal senators introduce bill to end U.S. fossil fuel use by 2050

April 27, 2017: At a news conference outside the Senate, Green for All director Vien Truong said she backed the bill because “literally my life, and my children’s lives are going to be dependent on it.” Truong said that Trump during his first 100 days in office has taken several steps to make the transition to renewable energy more difficult, rather than easier. “He is aggressively attacking our climate, our planet and our future,” she said.

Fast Company: The Flint Water Crisis is Far From Over: They Still Need New Pipes

April 27, 2017: Green For All wants to deliver $500,000 directly to Flint families and raise awareness of environmental injustice across the United States. Three years ago, the city of Flint, Michigan, in search of a cheaper water supply, connected its system to the nearby Flint River. The switch was meant to be temporary; as such, officials neglected to treat the water flowing into the pipes to ensure it wouldn’t cause corrosion. 

Our Weekly LA: Earth Day: Campaign launches to #FixThePipes in Flint

April 27, 2017: One year after Flint, Mich., dominated headlines, families still don’t have clean water; this Earth Day, Green For All launched a campaign to finally fix the pipes. It’s been three years since Flint families have had safe drinking water and their water rates are some of the highest in the country. That’s why Green For All (GFA), a national climate justice organization, has launched a donation campaign to #FixThePipes and to provide support for other urgent needs for Flint residents. Van Jones kicked off the campaign via Facebook Live.

Thom Hartmann: Donald Trump's First 100 Days in Office Attack Environment Policy and Climate Change (w/Vien Truong)

April 27, 2017: Vien Truong talks about Trump's first 100 days in office and a campaign to fix the Flint water crisis, the Trump's effect on environmental policy and climate change.

April 27, 2017: Three representatives of color announced today (April 27) the creation of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force. Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) will co-chair the task force, which they announced outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the week of events leading up to Saturday’s (April 29) People’s Climate March.

Jefferson Public Radio: Groups Gear Up For Major Climate March

April 23, 2017: President Trump and people concerned about climate change will observe the president's 100th day in office. But not in the same way. Just as day one of the Trump era featured demonstrators in the streets of Washington and other cities, day 100 will also feature marches and gatherings. 

This is What a Trump Carbon Tax Would Look Like

April 17, 2017: The conservative version would benefit corporations, not the climate. “We want to make sure people who are paying for the pollution with their health and their lives are benefiting from the tax,” said Vien Truong, director of the environmental group Green for All. 

The Big Picture: Jeff Sessions Lies About Pot

March 17, 2017: Dave McCulloch, Capitol Media Partners & Kim Noble, Green For All. Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions trying to revive Nixon's failed War on Drugs?

Reposted to RT: "GOP wants terrified workers for corporate masters"

Environment Maryland: Ben Grumbles Tours Baltimore Energy Efficiency Project

March 15, 2017: “For too long, low income communities and communities of color have been subject to some of the worst pollution in Maryland. And they often bear the biggest health, environmental and economic costs,” said Kim Noble, Director of National Partnerships for Green For All.

Color Lines: What It Means That This Community of Color Is Going Solar

March 10, 2017: Bert and Maureen Grogan moved to Uniondale, N.Y., in the 1970s from Guyana. Back then, they were one of the Long Island town's few immigrant families. They left to California in 1988, returned to Uniondale in 1999 and realized that the town had undergone a radical demographic makeover since they'd been away.

Street Roots News: 'Carbon pollution isn't free': How Oregon can cap, trade, reinvest

March 9, 2017: Michelle Romero wants Oregon to follow California’s lead: Price carbon emissions and put the revenue back into communities most affected by climate change. Lawmakers in Salem are considering five different bills with the same goal of significantly reducing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

CNN: How Congress can be coal miners' lifeline

March 9, 2017: On Monday, March 6, John Leach received a letter from the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Health and Retirement Funds. The letter informed him that unless the US Congress acted by the end of April, the health benefits that he earned as a retired coal miner, and that serve as an irreplaceable safety net for his family, would be terminated on May 1, 2017.

The Big Picture RT With Thom Hartmann: The Age of Trump is the Age of Disaster Capitalism

February 28, 2017: On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses Trump’s first address to Congress and how his administration promotes “Disaster Capitalism” with journalist and author Antony Lowenstein. Then, Thom (Starting at 16:40) talks to Bryan Pruitt of RedState and Vien Truong of Green for All about Trump calling healthcare complex, and his plan to massively boost defense spending. 

GreenBiz: You can't have lasting sustainability without social inclusion

February 24, 2017: Solar panels that only the rich can afford. Urban bike-share programs that limit participation to those using credit cards. Pricey organic grocery stores for communities where many people rely on SNAP benefits. No matter how well-intentioned, if a solution isn't appropriate for part of the population, then it is not truly a sustainable solution.

Huffington Post: Trump's Actions on Race and the Environment Speak Much Louder than Recent Anti-Bigotry Claims

February 3, 2017: As a climate activist, I know we will have a lot to defend over the next four years. The recent news on Trump’s decision to revive the toxic Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines makes even the most optimistic activists gravely concerned.

Grist: It's time for states to lead on climate change - and on justice too

December 27, 2016: Donald Trump has now confirmed what many climate activists have known since the beginning: He will not be a friend of ours. His selection of climate denier Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator confirms our worst suspicions. What about his meeting with Al Gore? Trump is an entertainer, and that was just part of the show.

GreenBiz: President-Elect Trump should heed these state mandates

November 9, 2016: "Initiative 732 rightfully aimed to put a price on carbon, but unjustly favored tax cuts for corporations over investments in clean energy and green job creation for struggling families and displaced workers," noted Vien Truong, director of Green For All, in a statement. "This defeat shows that Washingtonians recognized that I-732 is a false solution.

Baltimore Sun: Black church leaders stress issues of environmental injustice, stewardship

October 25, 2016: Green For All, Interfaith Power & Light, USGBC and Carroll Ministries joined more than 100 other church leaders at Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church for the third annual Green the Church Summit, a two-day discussion about how to help churches invest in becoming more environmentally friendly and promote an attitude of biblical stewardship of the Earth.

NowThisNews [VIDEO]: How to Make #PollutersPay

April 22, 2016: Green for All's Vien Truong on how to use policy to combat environmental racism in places like Flint, Michigan. Hear her talk about why it's okay to demand that polluters pay for the damage they cause in our communities.

ThinkProgress: New Campaign Calls For Polluters ‘To Pay For What  They Break’

April 21, 2016: Environmental pollution used to be an inconsequential act for  industries and communities. Yet as science has evolved and explained the  many effects of pollution, including climate change, the notion of having a  free pass to pollute has ended. The big question now is often not how or  what is being affected by pollution, but who should pay for it. For Vien Truong, director of Green For All, the answer is simple: whoever creates the  pollution should pay for it.

TriplePundit: No Criminal Charges for Gov. Snyder in Flint Water Crisis

April 21, 2016: Green for All, an NGO that recently visited Flint, released a statement about Snyder’s continued pass from any consequences. Vien Truong, director, says: “What is happening in Flint is criminal, but the person ultimately responsible is Gov. Rick Snyder, who made the call to poison Flint’s residents for the sake of Michigan’s budget. … While we applaud the move towards criminal charges, what’s needed is the money to rebuild and fix Flint.”

CommonDreams: Making Polluters Pay In Flint

Joining the furious voices of poisoned Flint residents calling for even "an ounce of accountability," Green For All marked Earth Day by launching a national campaign calling on polluters to pay for what they break via a modified carbon tax to be invested back into the communities they trash.  

 Salon: Green For All’s campaign with Mark Ruffalo and Van Jones to help residents of the suffering city

March 18, 2016: The confluence of race, poverty and environmental issues in Flint attracted the attention of Green For All, a national organization that works with communities of color on issues relating to pollution and sustainability. “For a long time we’ve seen poverty and pollution treated as such big issues that they should be handled separately,” says Green For All Director Vien Truong. “But what we know is that they’re so interconnected that neither one can be stopped unless they’re done together.”

Detroit News: Mark Ruffalo says Flint is a national disaster

March 7, 2016: Oscar-nominated actor and water activist Mark Ruffalo listened to residents vent frustration over the city’s lead-tainted water system Monday, then expressed his own outrage. Ruffalo and Van Jones, a CNN political commentator, were joined by a group of activists in the basement of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church near the city’s downtown on Monday to discuss the needs of the people of Flint in dealing with the city’s municipal water supply disaster. 

Black Enterprise: Activist Van Jones Joins Artists For Bus Tour Leading Crisis Response In Flint

March 7, 2016: Author, activist and founder of Green For All, Van Jones, will join a group of participants of the Support For Flint’s Future Bus Tour that include actor and founder of Water Defense Mark Ruffalo; environmental justice activist and Director of Green For All Vien Truong; and businessman, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Tom Steyer.

The Guardian: Mark Ruffalo calls Flint's water crisis a 'national emergency' in recent visit

March 7, 2016: Earlier on Monday, organizers from Green for All – a national initiative launched to highlight environmental issues in low-income communities – ferried Ruffalo, Steyer, and residents around Flint on a bus to highlight chief demands from local activists: water bill reimbursements, a full replacement of lead service lines in the city, and infrastructure investments to address long-term financial impacts in wake of the crisis.

MLive: Mark Ruffalo, activists to tour Flint in support of city in water crisis

March 2, 2016: "The mission behind this bus tour, and Green For All, is to provide a megaphone for the community leaders and organizations working to address the crisis in Flint," said Truong. "We now need to turn the focus to the future of Flint, and what the community needs to sustainably and equitably rebuild itself into a prosperous city."

The Progressive: Building Things to Solve Problems: An Interview with Van Jones

February 3, 2016: Green for All has helped to create more than 10,000 jobs for low-income people and people of color in green industries. I like to build things that solve problems and have had a very exciting career doing it. 

GreenBiz: Vien Truong of Green For All on tackling poverty and pollution together

February 1, 2016: Poverty and pollution are not separate issues. They unfortunately often go hand in hand, with the most impoverished people suffering the brunt of pollution. Vien Truong, national director of Green For All, challenged business and tech leaders at VERGE 2015 to take on these two related issues by building services and products that improve life in all communities and help clean up the air and water.

The Guardian: Billionaire activist urges Obama to focus State of the Union on climate change

January 11, 2016: On Monday, Steyer’s NextGen Climate teamed up with fellow activists Van Jones, founder of Green for All and briefly green jobs adviser for Obama; Mona Mangat, board chair of Doctors for America; and Michael Breen, chief executive of the Truman national security project, for the release of a new report casting climate change as a threat to national security and public welfare.

A win-win for our health and the planet

December 31, 2015, By Keith Ellison and Van Jones. Boise Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota knows the pain and fear of rushing his child to the emergency room because he can't breathe. His son has been repeatedly treated for asthma and respiratory problems, and each year, 3,500 people in his neighborhood in North Minneapolis are hospitalized for the same reason. That isn't a coincidence.  

Van Jones: 'When You Cut Carbon You Should Cut Poverty Too'

December 23, 2015, by Megan McWilliams. Van Jones is no mere mortal when it comes to fighting for climate change and social justice. He's got a staggering list of accomplishments for a man that is not quite at that midlife mark. From working with Presidents Bush and Obama (and getting a recent shoutout from Obama) to starting many organization like Green For All that are working to expedite renewable energy as well as bringing awareness to civil rights and social issues. 

No Climate Justice, No Peace

December 11, 2015, by Rev. Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll. "No justice no peace" was the rallying cry fro my comrades andI at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) in April of 1992. I was in my middle year in seminary at the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center andI, and many others from Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Spellman College and Morehouse College were compelled to express our disbelief that those who publically beat Rodney King would not be prosecuted for their deeds. 

Climate Change, Clean Power: Act Now

December 8, 2015, by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III and Dr. Julianne Malveaux. Contrary to big polluters who deny it, climate change is real. The cost of neglect is real and incredibly high, for African Americans. 

Blacks and Climate Change

November 11, 2015, by Charlene Muhammad. A new poll indicates 3 out of 5 (83 percent) Blacks view climate as a major issue and support the government's Clean Power Plan. 

Forging a Future Economy with Equity at its Heart

November 10, 2015, by Noah Enelow. Early this month, eight Ecotrusters attended an inspiring talk by community organizer, author, and journalist Van Jones at Portland State University, hosted by the Institute of Sustainable Solutions. His insights spoke directly to our work as we attempt to build a new green economy that makes room for communities historically marginalized by the environment.

Polls Shows African Americans Support Clean Power Plan and Climate Action, But not Exxon-Funded National Black Chambers of Commerce

November 10, 2015, by Justin Mikulka. One tactic of the fossil fuel industry's attack on proposed Clean Power Plan is to say it unfairly targets minority communities when in fact the opposite is true. Industry-funded groups like the National Black Chamber of Commerce are among the groups making these claims. 

Americans Aren't Sweating Global Warming, but the Communities Most Affected Want Action

November 4, 2015, by Taylor Hill. Most Americans are aware the climate is changing, but a majority of  the population isn't that worried about it, according to a new study. 

 Clean power takes off with 'breakthrough' into low-income communities


November 4, 2015, by Barbara Grady. When California was building its carbon emissions cap and trade program, environmental justice activist Vien Truong came to the state with an idea. Because by law the proceeds of the cap and trade system must be invested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Truong, director of Green For All, suggested setting aside a percentage to assure that disadvantaged communities most affected by pollution benefit.

Why We Must Fight For Environmental Justice For People Of Color In 2016

October 22, 2015, by Benjamin F. Chavis. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black American, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color must be reasserted.

Looking Ahead to Paris, Leading Climate Activists Gather in California to Share Strategies and Inspiration

October 21, 2015, by John J. Berger. The climate movement is not just about greenhouse gases. It is also about free bus passes, solar panels, community building, the economy, and jobs. The climate movement must find ways to reach across communities to create jobs and pathways out of poverty for people, Vien Truong says.

Green energy, economic growth go together


October 2, 2015, by Vien Truong. Perhaps like many Americans, I was struck by the sight of Pope Francis standing in front of Congress talking about climate change with Speaker John Boehner on one side and Vice President Biden on his other. It made me wish California was on the Pontiff’s itinerary. California is showing the world that you can cut pollution and grow the economy, while helping families—at all socio-economic levels—build better lives.

Corps Network Joins Green For All for "Forum on Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Communities of Color"


September 30, 2015, by Levi Novey. Yesterday several members of The Corps Network's staff were honored to join Green For All at an event that focused on the opportunities presented to communities by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency's finalized Clean Power Plan. In her opening remarks, Vien Truong put a big emphasis on her desire to tell the uplifting stories of those people who have not traditionally benefitted from the economics of the energy industry and who probably have been negatively impacted by pollution. Be just. Be green. Be real. USGBC at the Green the Church Summit

September 16, 2015 - “Be just. Be green. Be real.” This single line summarized the fervent message of the awe-inspiring Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at the opening service of Green For All's Green the Church Summit last month in Chicago. “For far too long, people of color have been at the bottom of the pile”: Why black churches are embracing the clean energy revolution

August 23, 2015 - Green The Church's Rev. Ambrose Carroll explains why black churches are moving to the forefront of the environmental justice movement.

Englewood Portal: National Green the Church Conference Comes to Chicago and Englewood

August 17, 2015 - Hundreds of pastors, faith-based community leaders and others from across the country attended the Green the Church Chicago Summit August 19th - 21st at Trinity United Church of Christ,

Media Matters: Here's How People of Color Really Feel about the Clean Power Plan

August 11, 2015 - Several polls indicate that African-American and Latino voters overwhelmingly support government action to combat climate change -- and the Clean Power Plan specifically. Additionally, many major black and Hispanic organizations have endorsed the EPA's plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants because of the financial and health benefits it will provide for their communities.

HuffPo Live: President Releases Strict Climate Change Proposal

August 4, 2015 - Vien Truong, Green For All National Director, joins HuffPo Live to discuss the historic Clean Power Plan unveiled by the Obama administration to tackle global warming.

CNN: Busted - 3 myths about Obama's climate plan

August 3, 2015 by Van Jones - On Sunday morning, President Obama released a video "memo to America." It pointed to droughts, super-storms and increases in asthma as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own. Today, the administration is publishing the plan to do something about it.

The Guardian: Pollution isn't Colorblind

July 23, 2015, by Van Jones and Rep. Keith Ellison - Centuries of racial discrimination as well as bad trade deals and economic policies that favor the wealthiest have led to black Americans being almost three times more likely to live in poverty than white Americans. We can’t fight this trend by believing the lies that rich fossil fuel and utility executives tell us. Black lives matter more than corporate profits –now is a chance to make sure our laws reflect that.

Mark Ruffalo for Alternet: How Solar Power Can Be Affordable and Accessible For All

July 20, 2015 - Thanks in part to initiatives like the ones the White House just announced…barriers are falling. This is a moment to celebrate. And cheer on leaders like our President, Grid Alternatives, Green For All and Vote Solar who are making it happen. Last year, our country added as much solar-power capacity every three weeks as it did in all 52 weeks of 2008. And worldwide, renewable energy's new capacity outstripped coal, oil and gas combined.

CNN: Super-charge the solar power boom

July 19, 2015, by Van Jones - There's a solar power boom in America. But so far, not enough Americans are seeing the benefits of clean energy. Fortunately, the Obama administration is doing something about it. The solar industry and other government leaders have joined in, but they need to step up even more.

The Root: Boom for Whom? Making Sure Blacks Aren't Left in the Dark when It Comes to Solar Energy

July 18 2015, by Breanna Edwards. The founder of Green for All, Van Jones, spoke to The Root about the impact a recently announced White House clean-energy initiative will have on low-income communities and communities of color, and what it would mean for the president’s legacy.

Ebony: Polluters Play Fake 'Race Card' against Obama's Climate Plan


June 23, 2015, by Van Jones. After years of foot-dragging by his predecessors and Congress, President Obama is taking on the biggest culprit behind global warming: pollution from outdated power plants. It’s no surprise that Obama’s opponents are fighting him every step of the way—just as they have done with Obamacare and everything else he has proposed. But what is surprising is the way they are trying to use communities of color – through lies and trickery – as their weapon against him.

Madame Noire: Groups Respond to Attacks on Clean Power Plan


June 22, 2015 - "Obama’s Clean Power Plan will mean fewer hospital trips and fewer missed school days for African American kids, plain and simple. In fact, the health benefits of keeping power plant pollution out of our air and lungs could save our country as much as $93 billion per year."

Green For All's Julian Mocine-McQueen Chosen as one of Huffington Post's Top Ten Environmental Changemakers


May 8, 2015, by Kate Sheppard. Environmentalism has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. From the emergence of climate change as the catalyzing issue of the 21st century to fights over the Keystone XL pipeline to the growing diversity of green groups, the environmental movement of today hardly looks like the one of yesterday.Here are 10 leaders who are reshaping our ideas about what it means to fight for the environment today, and who are worth watching in the future.


Findings from a National Survey of African Americans on Energy Issues

President Trump and people concerned about climate change will observe the president's 100th day in office.  But not in the same way.   
East Bay mom up for White House honor for work on climate change By Kevin Schultz Updated 5:35 pm, Thursday, July 14, 2016 An East Bay woman is one of 10 people from across the country who will be recognized by the White House Friday for helping low-income and underserved communities prepare...
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 CONTACT: Daniel Wein |     White House Awards Vien Truong “Champion of Change for Climate Equity” Award Green For All Director honored by White House for her work to combat pollution and poverty   On Friday July 15th, Vien Truong will...
GREEN THE CHURCH: ON A MISSION OF FAITH FOR SUSTAINABILITY By Betsy Lopez-Wagner | Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Rev. Ambrose Carroll, co-founder Green for All’s Green the Church movement, standing at the pulpit. The Green the Church movement is teaming up with spiritual leaders to engage churches and other houses of worship...
Vien Truong gave remarks and answered questions on June 17th at the Democratic Platform Drafting Hearing of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Phoenix. 
Afeni Shakur, the civil rights activist and former Black Panther, successfully overcame drug addiction to become of the country’s most heralded mothers. Her strength and life story inspired the work of her son, Tupac Shakur. His song “Dear Mama” remains the unofficial hip hop anthem on Mother’s Day. The song...
Short clip of Vien Truong's personal story of why she works on the environment. Vien is one of the most passionate and effective environmental justice leaders in the country. She is the Director of Green For All which is working to develop a green economy strong enough to lift people...
By Zoë Carpenter When Tony Palladeno Jr. started buying and refurbishing houses on the east side of Flint, Michigan, 25 years ago, they seemed like a good investment. The houses are on what he described as “primo land” near a community college and a park, and he figured there would...
By Vien Truong Last week, the IRS asked anyone who might be exposed in the Panama Papers to come forward before they get caught. And for good reason—America is a hotbed of tax evasion. There’s an old myth that we can’t have a comfortable lifestyle—cars, homes, creature comforts—without sacrificing clean water and...
By Katie Fehrenbacher Prince, at times, had a love-hate relationship with technology. While beloved musician Prince was inspiring fans through his creativity, it turns out he had a secret life as a clean energy philanthropist. According to Prince’s friend and longtime green advocate Van Jones, Prince was a major backer of Jones’s...

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