- The hip-hop community for being a strong voice for healthy food for all communities, including artists like Jadakiss, Dead Prez, Prodigy, and of course DJ CaveM... among so many others!
- Young people and college students across the nation who are holding it down on their campuses and in their communities, creating solutions and demanding our generation's right to real food.
- Everyone who answered trivia questions on topics ranging from food deserts and health effects of junk food, to farmworker discrimination and industrial agriculture.
- Rhonda Anderson, LaNiece Ford & Asia Rodgers who won the trivia contest sweepstakes of $200 of groceries to local grocery stores like Harvest Market, Vitamin Cottage, and Rainbow Grocery.
- Folks who shared a Recipe for Change, by posting ideas on the wall about how to increase access to fresh food in your communities. Change always starts with a powerful idea!
- Dana Frasz from Oakland, CA, who received a solar backpack & iPod shuffle for getting the most Likes for herRecipe for Change, “Food Shift.” Check out her awesome blog post about her project here: Hungry for Change.
- Fresh fruit stands & healthy snack machines on campus with a wide selection of fruits at an affordable price! Students love fruits, they just need it to be available and affordable!
- Public school board can link up with local CSA (community supported agriculture) programs to provide breakfast/lunch to students once a week.
- Start community gardens in empty lots in the city!
- Food Shift – a recycling program for food! Collect good food that would go to waste and deliver it to low-income and food insecure populations. Include a job-training program for unemployed people receiving the food to get jobs distributing the food in their community!
Authors: Julian Mocine-McQueen, Campaign and Partnerships Manager Green The Block needs your help! Air pollution is an issue that affects all of us, and we want you to help us tell it. Throughout the fall, we'll be asking you to help paint the picture of the environmental and health issues arising from pollution by telling us the story of what you, your neighbors, or your community is doing about them. You can email us your story (and pictures, if any), or post a video on YouTube and send us the link. But the easiest way to is submit your story through our online form. We'll highlight your stories on the Green The Block blog and with media partners! As we collect stories from your block, we will continue to develop our fall resources and share back ideas about how you can engage your community about air quality, and look at what actions you can organize and what steps you can take to be a leader on this critical issue. Let's take action now to ensure that we can all breathe clean and fresh air!
Authors: Julian Mocine-McQueen, Campaign and Partnerships Manager
We're still hanging on to the last few summer days, but Green The Block is ready to get back to it with our Fall Theme: Get Smart - Act Now, Breathe Later! In the coming months we will be taking a look at the air we breathe and how we can work to ensure that it is clean and safe. We've been getting some cool resources together to help each of you work with your community to cut down on carbon emissions, and make sure our blocks are green and our air is fresh!
Join us for our NATIONAL ORGANIZERS CALL on September 1st at 10am PST/1pm EST!
We will review our fall resources and share ideas about how you can engage your community about air quality, and look at what actions you can organize and what steps you can take to be a leader on this critical issue.
Please RSVP for the call with Julian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We'll be taking action now to ensure that we can all breathe clean and fresh air!
Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
Crossposted from the Huffington Post.
This September 11th, communities are honoring those who lost their lives eight years ago by participating in service activities. Churches, schools, and community groups are holding nearly one-hundred Green the Block service events in more than 24 states.
All across the nation, people are choosing to act on encouragement instead of discouragement, on hope instead of despair.
Both of us are often asked to speak for those who have no voice, and to remind others of those who are often forgotten. We are asked to respond to the frustrations of our communities and fulfill the aspirations of those who are seeking better lives. Yet we are constantly humbled by those who we strive to serve.
To see people from all walks of life take up service as a way to remember the tragedy of 9/11 is beauty from ashes. It is also part of the solution that will put our nation on the road to recovery, permanently.
We just read about a handful of the events that are going on today, and imagine if everyday this was happening in every city all over the country...
In Brooklyn, one-hundred high school students are helping to green their community through urban gardening.
In Florida, local cooks are preparing an organic meal for their firefighters, to show gratitude and educate their community about healthy eating.
In Chicago, volunteers are cleaning and greening two community homeless shelters.
In Washington, D.C., elementary school students are delivering cards made from recycled materials to the troops at Walter Reed U.S. Army Medical Center.
In Atlanta, hundreds of light-bulbs will be exchanged for energy efficient ones.
In Chattanooga, Tennessee a ninety-year-old community center will get a green retrofit.
In Bakersfield, California local leaders will provide at-risk young men with jobs training.
After today's nearly one-hundred Green the Block events are completed, we will continue to promote building stronger communities through service and the Green the Block campaign.
Join us today and everyday hereafter in working for peace and prosperity for everyone, because it is in the daily struggle for a brighter future that we truly remember and honor those who died on 9/11.
Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
This Friday, September 11th, Americans of all backgrounds are coming together to strengthen and serve their communities.
Join a Green The Block Service and Remembrance Event near you!
Green The Block, a new campaign from Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus, is pairing with President Obama's United We Serve initiative for a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
There are nearly 100 Green The Block events across the country, organized by churches, schools, and community groups.
In Florida, four cooks are preparing an organic meal for local firefighters, to show gratitude and educate the community about healthy eating.
In Brooklyn, New York, high school students are taking the day to green their community through urban gardening.
Find out what is happening near you. RSVP for an event. It's easy.
Please join us and be part of a national effort to create equality, opportunity and a sustainable future for all. These are the highest American ideals, and these are the promise of a clean energy economy.
On September 11th, we'll honor our past and work together towards a better, greener future.
Chief Executive Officer
Green For All
Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
I'm thrilled to announce Green the Block, a new campaign from Green For All and the Hip Hop Caucus.
Green the Block will engage and mobilize low-income communities and communities of color to participate in the benefits of the clean-energy economy.
To successfully combat poverty and pollution, we need a vibrant, popular movement for change. We need a clean energy economy rooted in the values of shared prosperity and opportunity for all. That's what Green the Block is all about.
This morning, we unveiled the campaign at the White House with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Department of Energy Under Secretary Kristina Johnson. See photos from the event here and read our press release here.
Green the Block's first milestone will be on the National Day of Service - September 11th - when we will organize Green the Block service events around the country in coordination with the President's initiative, United We Serve.
Learn more and register an event for September 11th: www.GreenTheBlock.net.
Green the Block is a call to action. A call to service. A call to get involved and reclaim our future.
Please join us.
Chief Executive Officer
Green For All