Reminder: Labor & Green New Deal: A Conversation -- This Saturday -- Corrected Local Times

Reminder: Labor & Green New Deal: A Conversation -- This Saturday -- Corrected Local Times r1 ... r33 NOTE CORRECTED TIMES FOR MOUNTAIN & CENTRAL TIME ZONES

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019
9 AM PDT / 10 AM MDT / 11 AM CDT / 12 Noon EDT

Join Our Online Conversation on
Labor and the Green New Deal
with Sean Sweeney, Martha Hawthorne, and Howard Ehrman

Working people and labor organizations have a vital role to play in forestalling climate disaster. We cannot achieve the radical societal transformations that are needed without a powerful solidarity-infused working class movement demanding major changes. General strikes and other mass actions set the stage for the New Deal in the 20th century. They are our only hope for a Green New Deal that truly reverses global warming and economic injustice in the 21st. (This time around, we must insist upon moving from capitalism to democracy.) The stakes could not be higher.

Our speakers will speak to the following questions:

  • What will it take to build a working class movement to fight for effective action on climate?
  • How can organizing around the Green New Deal fit in?
  • What are Labor's demands for a Green New Deal?

There will then be ample opportunity for people on the call to join the discussion.

The conversation will take place on Zoom. You can join us from your computer, laptop, smartphone, or ordinary phone. Suggested readings and instructions on how to join the Zoom conference on Saturday are below. You do not need to register in advance though we suggest logging in a few minutes early to ensure your connection.

Suggested Readings

Sean Sweeney, The Green New Deal's Magical Realism
Martha Hawthorne, SF Labor Council Endorses the Green New Deal
SF Labor Council, A Green New Deal Must Have Strong Labor and
Community Provisions

Jane McAlevey, Organizing to Win a Green New Deal
Nancy Romer, Labor Can Back a Green New Deal
Alameda County Labor Convergence on Climate (2019), Handouts
New Mexico Conference (1996), Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing
Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit (1991), Principles of Environmental Justice

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About Our Presenters

Sean Sweeney is director of the International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment at the Murphy Institute, City University of New York, and coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED). TUED is a global, multi-sector initiative to advance democratic direction and control of energy in a way that promotes solutions to the climate crisis, energy poverty, the degradation of both land and people, and responds to the attacks on workers’ rights and protections.

Over 65 trade union bodies currently participate in TUED, including 4 Global Union Federations, 3 regional organizations, and 8 national centers. There are also 10 allied policy, academic and advocacy organizations. Unions currently participating in TUED represent workers in 23 countries across the globe.

Sean is the principal author of many research articles on transition of energy resources and distribution. Martha Hawthorne chairs the Climate Workgroup of Service Employees International Union 1021. She has been a delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council as a rank-and-file union activist for 40 plus years in HERE Local 2 and SEIU 1021. She worked as an RN for 28 years at the San Francisco Dept of Public Health, serving as a shop steward and member of her union's RN bargaining team. In 2015, Martha attended COP 21 Paris as a representative of SEIU 1021 and as a member of the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy delegation. She is active in Labor Network for Sustainability and one of the founders of Labor Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice, and Peace.

Martha is also an accomplished musician who performs with Duo Pizzicato, the Bernal Hillbillies, and the Loud Ladies Foot Patrol.

Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH works full-time on climate change and abolishing capitalism for his 4 beautiful grandchildren,ages 1, 10, 14, and 20. He was born & raised on Chicago’s Southside, attended Chicago public schools; and is the grandson of a Middle Eastern slave in Romania who escaped and taught him farming. Howard's father was a UAW member who worked at Chicago Ford Auto Assembly Plant.

Howard studied with Professor Barry Commoner at Washington University, St. Louis, 1965-1968; organized Illinois State mental health workers to join AFSCME: 1969-1970. He organized community support for African Americans and Latinos fighting to become Chicago Transit Authority bus drivers, 1969-1972.

Howard co-founded and organized with the Rainbow Health Clinic Coalition (Black Panthers, Young Lords, Young Patriots, and Rising Up Angry), 1969-1972. He served on the strike and negotiating committees of the Cook County Hospital house staff union, 1974-1975 and organized the first All-Union Cook County Hospital Coalition: AFSCME, SEIU, Teamsters, Nurses, Doctors' Unions; 1974-1976.

In 1976, Howard organized and coordinated union and medical support for the United Mine Workers Kentucky coal worker strike. From 1978 to 1981, he organized City of Chicago Workers to join AFSCME. From 1985, he served as the union representative of the Cook County Hospital Faculty, Department of Family Practice.

Howard cofounded and served as board president of Chicago's Little Village Environmental Justice Organization: 1994-2008 and served a board member until 2013. He formed the Chicago CTA Rider-Driver Alliance with ATU Local 241 bus drivers, 2008-2011. Howard co-facilitated the State of California APWU Postal Banking/Climate Change Meeting in 2017. From 2016 to present, he has been Labor, Union, Worker Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator for the Chicago Cuba Coalition.

Additional Readings

For readers eager to take a deeper dive into the issues, here are links to some of the bulletins and working papers published by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Global Labor Debates the “Green New Deal” and the Reclaiming Utilities
TUED Global Forum: The “Yellow Vests”: What’s Happening in France?

Trade Unions & Just Transition: The Search for a Transformative Politics

Preparing a Public Pathway: Confronting the Investment Crisis in Renewable Energy

Hard Facts About Coal: Why Trade Unions Should Re-evaluate Support for CCS

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