On the evening of Thursday, September 5, Bronx Climate Justice North and co-hosts will hold a panel event designed to help communities in New York City and beyond envision the strongest possible Green New Deal from the perspective of social movements -- Progressive Labor, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Peoples, Climate Youth, and Ecosocialism.
As yet, the Green New Deal is just a dream. But it has already become a battleground between those who would co-opt it for a version of "green capitalism" that will ensure climate disaster and continued economic and racial injustice, and those who envision a radically new society designed around the needs and demands of people on the front lines of the climate crisis in New York City, NY State, the U.S., and around the world.
This forum will lift up the voices of those suffering "first and worst" from the climate emergency and those who have long struggled on the front lines of environmental injustice and racism. These bold but historically marginalized people and communities in our city and across the world must shape the future. As we mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria throughout the month of September, this event will also center the radical, creative struggles for climate and economic justice and democracy in Puerto Rico and the need for transnational struggle and solidarity.
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Jonathan Soto -- Assoc. VP of Strategic Initiatives, Union Theological Seminary; Human rights activist and community organizer; Formed Bronx Long Term Recovery Group after Hurricane Sandy and coordinated disaster recovery services by NYC to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Sean Sweeney -- Trade Unions for Energy Democracy; Director of International Program for Labor, Climate, and Environment, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies--The Murphy Institute
Alexandria Villaseñor -- 14-year-old Founder and Executive Director, Earth Uprising; Co-Founder, U.S. Youth Climate Strike
Mychal Johnson -- Co-Founder, South Bronx Unite; Board of Directors, Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards, Bronx
Roberto Mukaro Borrero -- Kasike (Chief), Guainía Taíno Tribe; President, United Confederation of Taíno People; President, Friends of Brook Park, Bronx
Mark Dunlea -- Chair, Green Education and Legal Fund; 2010 Co-author of the Green New Deal in U.S.; Co-coordinator of the Campaign for 100% Renewables by 2030 / Off Fossil Fuels Now
Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN -- President, NY State Nurses Association; Co-coordinator, NYRN Disaster Relief Work in Puerto Rico
The program will include a screening of the 7-minute Green New Deal video, "A Message from the Future."
There will be tabling by co-hosts.
Co-hosts (list in formation, please DM us if you would like to co-host!):
Sunrise NYC, South Bronx Unite, Friends of Brook Park, Bronx/Upper Manhattan DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), Food & Water Watch, 350NYC, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, Earth Uprising, GreenFeen OrganiX, Green Education and Legal Fund, North Bronx Racial Justice, NY Communities for Change, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Beloved Earth Community of The Riverside Church, Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, Action Corps, Science for the People NYC, Peoples Climate Movement NY
Free & Open to the Public
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. In this region, we are standing on the ancestral lands of the Lenape People and the Wappinger People. We pay respect to their elders past and present. Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that underlie our daily lives. And please join us in uncovering such truths at all public events.