Thousands of Americans are rising up together today to say, “We’re Ready” for green jobs now. Van Jones, head of Green For All and a Center for American Progress Action Fund senior fellow, explains:
George W. Bush’s house of credit cards is falling down — on the heads of the American people. We need dramatic action — but not just to bail to financial titans who destroyed the economy.
We need to throw a green life-line to the people who want to rebuild it.
There is only one comprehensive solution to the present mess: put America back to work retrofitting and repowering America with millions of green-collar jobs.
The Green Jobs Now Day of Action is taking place in every state in the nation, with over 660 different events (here’s the photostream — you can participate by sending in your own photo that declares “I’m Ready” for green jobs). Here are just a few:
As Newt Gingrich sells his toxic pollution-based agenda across town, the Green Jobs Now people are coming together to install thousands of next-generation lightbulbs and conduct energy audits in communities like Adair Park that are too often forgotten. Join the work — and celebration. Here are some of the organizations working together to build the green recovery in ATL:
United Way Metropolitan Atlanta; Green Jobs Institute, Green World Promotions, Clayton County Clean; Energy Coalition; Spellman, Morehouse, Emory, Agnes Scott HBCU’s; Georgia State University; Georgia Stand Up; Annie E. Casey Foundation; National Wildlife Federation; SEEED, Sustainable Atlanta; Edge Connection; Southface Institute; Reach Them to Teach Them, Conserve Georgia; Home Depot; Green Atlanta
The Ella Baker Center and a bunch of our friends are throwing an afternoon concert, featuring the funky soul music of Bay Area’s rising star Femi! As part of the “Green Jobs Now” National Day of Action, organized by our allies Green For All, 1 Sky, and the We Campaign, this event is one of hundreds — involving thousands of people — happening simultaneously around the country. Our event in Oakland will be one of the biggest. We want to send our local officials, Congress and the next President a clear message: Oakland — along with cities throughout the US — is ready for Green Jobs NOW! Participating organizations include:
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Green For All; Oakland Apollo Alliance; Full Circle Fund; Cypress Mandela Training Center; DIG Co-op; David Hanks Photography; DJ Fuze; Hard Knock Radio; Alameda Green Businesses
Join La Causa Green for a high spirited Day of Action. We will be demonstrating the use of green products – recycling, solar, appliance waste, energy efficiency, green pest management, and much much more. We will also have our YouthBuild Teams to guide you in Green Management. Entertainment and refreshment available. Working together:
South Central Farms, LA Conservation Corp, Youth Build, Fusciology, Jobs for Peace, Sierra Club, SCOPE, Grid Alternatives, Green L.A, National African American Congress, Families for Children
In Washington DC, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Greater Washington Power and Light organizations will host a unique event. The MLK, Jr. Avenue Service Project, Green-Collar Jobs, Health and Community Fair will educate, encourage and empower DC low-income residents, ex-offenders and the faith-based communities in Ward 8. The vision for this event is to increase participation in and awareness of the green-collar movement. A movement that will pull people out of poverty and improve the planet we all live on. Participating:
Ward 8 Environmental Council, Jobs Coalition, Service Nation, the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, the Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
The Conservation Corps of Greater New Orleans and its affiliate programs will be hosting various green service projects throughout the Greater New Orleans Area from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Projects will range from environmental restoration and tree planting to home weatherization and energy audits. This will be followed by a rally in Lafayette Square from 2 to 4 pm. Groups working together include:
New Orleans Council for Community Justice, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Louisiana Conservation Corps