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Green For All & Earth Friendly Join Forces To #FuelChange4Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2019 CONTACT: press@dreamcorps.us or Michelle at 408-550-3121 Green For All 

Sponsored by ECOS® in partnership with Green For All, a new youth art program aims to educate and activate kids to imagine a zero-emissions future in their communities.

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Green For All Takes The Climate Change Fight Local With Launch Of #FuelChange Campaign Music Video

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2019

CONTACT: press@dreamcorps.us or Michelle at 408-550-3121

Green For All Takes The Climate Change Fight Local With Launch Of #FuelChange Campaign Music Video

Harnessing the Power of Music to Inspire People Around the Country to Bring Clean Cars, Trucks, and Buses to their Neighborhood

Oakland, CA - On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Green For All, a national initiative founded by Van Jones to build an inclusive green economy, takes the Green New Deal local to tackle transportation emissions and kicks off a national campaign to bring zero-emission cars, trucks, and buses to communities across America with the release of its new #FuelChange Anthem. The anthem features black artists from impacted neighborhoods across the country from Oakland, CA to New Bedford, MA. The song and music video draws connections between transportation, climate, and health to tell the story of how transportation pollution is affecting people’s lives.

“It’s outrageous that our leaders aren’t doing all that can be done to address climate change,” said Michelle Romero, national director of Green For All. Romero continued, “Although the Green New Deal resolution failed in the Senate, the plan has opened the public’s eyes to the threat of climate change. Now we have to ask the question of what can we do at the local level to stop it. The answer is the #FuelChange campaign.”

Transportation pollution is currently the number 1 source of the U.S’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Green For All’s #FuelChange campaign uses music, art, & education to reach impacted communities who’ve traditionally been left out of the climate conversation and develop local leaders to take action in their own neighborhoods. Green For All aims to put a face and voice to the harmful effects that transportation emissions are having on people all across the U.S. and help spark a national movement for change.

“The political climate in our country is putting American lives at risk,” said Nisha Anand, CEO of The Dream Corps. “If the Trump Administration won’t tackle the climate crisis, the biggest threat we face, then Dream Corps will. We have power to fight the climate crisis in our neighborhoods right now. Bringing people from directly impacted communities to the fight is the first step in creating solutions that help us all.”

Transportation emissions not only contribute to climate change, they are also making kids and communities sick. Communities of color shoulder the greatest pollution burdens from transportation due to their close proximity to busy freeways and highways, diesel truck routes, and bus or rail systems. There are now more deaths from traffic-related pollution than traffic-related accidents.

To stop pollution and accelerate solutions, Green For All partnered with Big Picture Anthems to produce an anthem that could motivate a movement for clean transportation solutions. Together, Green For All and Big Picture Anthems launched a national #FuelChangeChallenge for poets, rappers, and singer/songwriters to learn about tailpipe emissions where they live and submit a verse for a chance to be featured in the project. From more than 50 submissions, four artists were selected: Nehemiah Vaughn of Oakland, CA; Cyarra Brown and Nashon Da Bomb of New Bedford, MA; and Warren Dickson of 3rd Rock Hip-Hop in Los Angeles, CA.

To learn more about Green For All’s #FuelChange campaign, visit greenforall.org/fuelchange

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Dream Corps President Vien Truong Speaks for Green For All on “Clean Energy Infrastructure & the Workforce to Build It”

Good morning and thank you, Chairman Rush and members of the Subcommittee on Energy, for this hearing to discuss “Clean Energy Infrastructure and the Workforce to Build It.”

My name is Vien Truong. I am President of the Dream Corps and here on behalf of the Dream Corps program, Green For All, where we work to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

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Green For All's Response to the Green New Deal Resolution

February 7, 2019

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced a resolution that would move the federal government toward a massive mobilization of resources to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guaranteed living-wage job for anybody who needs one, and a just transition for both workers and frontline communities. In response, Dream Corps and Green For All issued the following statements:

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Green For All Lights Up the Sky with Green New Deal Support

UPDATED DECEMBER 22nd TO INCLUDE PHOTOS FROM LOCAL ACTIONS

MEDIA ADVISORY

Friday, December 21, 2018
CONTACT: Michelle Romero / 408-550-3121 or michelle@dreamcorps.us

 

“All I Want For Christmas is a Green New Deal”

Green For All lights up the sky in cities across the country this holiday season to demand House Democrats support a Green New Deal

 

OAKLAND, CA -- Between December 21-31, Green For All and the Backbone Campaign will light up cities across the country projecting the message “All I want for Christmas is a Green New Deal” and other messages of support on local buildings. The organizations expect hundreds of people on the city streets to witness the incredible light display, which is aimed at bringing local attention to the national prospect of a Green New Deal, a mass mobilization of resources to combat climate change and strengthen the economy at the same time.

 

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with a growing number of Democratic colleagues and organizations, has been asking Rep. Nancy Pelosi to create a select committee on a Green New Deal. One week ago, 1,000 young people even staged a sit-in at her D.C. office. But late Thursday night, Pelosi announced her plan to create a committee focused on climate change, but not task it with creating a Green New Deal. She also selected Rep. Castor (D-FL) to chair the committee, not Ocasio-Cortez as many believed she would. Castor has indicated she will not require members to sign a No Fossil Fuel Money pledge to serve on the committee, which was another component of Ocasio-Cortez’s request. Green For All, Backbone Campaign, and Sunrise Movement worry these actions signal that House Democrats may not intend to pursue climate action with the level of ambition set forth by Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal, to make progress on a timeline consistent with climate science. The organizations say this is not the end and will continue to press members of Congress to support a Green New Deal.

 

A landmark IPCC report that showed we have less than 12 years to address global climate change to avoid catastrophic consequences has reinvigorated climate activists to press for bold solutions, and a new Yale study showed a Green New Deal has strong bipartisan support among registered voters.

 

Green For All national director Michelle Romero believes a Green New Deal would not only tackle climate change, but could help address the rising cost of living and decreasing quality of life for many Americans: “Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a Green New Deal is really smart because it would address poverty and pollution at the same time. Low-income households pay the greatest percentage of their income on housing, energy, and transportation costs. Massive investments from a Green New Deal toward renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation electrification in underserved communities would go a long way toward reducing the cost of living, improving quality of life, and creating jobs for millions of Americans.”

 

Atlanta resident Daniel Hanley who will participate in the creative action in his community on Friday Dec. 21st  said, “The climate crisis is a dire emergency that threatens us all, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized of the working class worldwide. Our beacon is an urgent call to action: we must democratize our economy and seize power from the unsustainable energy corporations that have thus far dictated policy, endangering our future in pursuit of profit. In 2019, Dr. King's beloved community of Atlanta is demanding a Green New Deal to revolutionize our energy infrastructure in a way that uplifts the working class and extends solidarity to all our family and friends on the front lines of the climate crisis."

 

WHAT: Messages stating “All I want for Christmas is a Green New Deal,” “#GreenNewDeal” and “GreenForAll.org” projected onto buildings using light.

 

WHEN & WHERE:

 

Atlanta

December 21st at 6:30pm

Midtown Atlanta at the intersection of Spring and North Ave.

 

Chicago

December 21st at 6pm

Shopping Mall at Elston Ave and Logan Blvd, then Six Corners at Divison, Ashland and Milwaukee

 

Dallas

December 21st

Location TBD

 

Los Angeles

December 21st at 8pm

Pershing Square Ice Rink, then outside City Hall at Grand Central Park

 

New York

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st ****

Location TBD

 

San Diego ****

December 22nd at 6pm

Fashion Valley Mall (near JC Penny)

 

San Francisco

December 21st at 7pm

Rep. Nancy Pelosi office, 90 7th Street, San Francisco

 

Seattle

December 21st at 6:15pm

5th and Pine, near Westlake Center, projection onto Nordstrom Flagship store

 

Washington D.C. ****

December 21st at 6pm

Westside of Rayburn House Office Bldg (intersection of Independence Ave and Washington Ave)

D.C. Photos

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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 nonprofit founded by Van Jones.

 

Backbone Campaign develops local leaders to engage in creative strategies and artful action to accelerate social movements for progressive change.





Green For All Supports Tesla Workers to Unionize

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 19, 2018

Press contact: Press@dreamcorps.us 

Yesterday morning, workers in Buffalo, NY launched a union drive at the Tesla solar production facility. Located in the heart of the Rust Belt, the Tesla Gigafactory 2 is a photovoltaic (PV) cellfactory that produces solar roofing tiles, which look like conventional black roof shingles but contain solar cells.

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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 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.


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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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.