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Sen. Booker Champions Green New Deal After Meeting with TCM Chapter

Climate Mobilization organizers with our Hoboken, New Jersey Chapter played a key role in driving home the Climate Emergency message to NJ Senator Cory Booker, just weeks before he came out as the first Democratic Senator to support the Green New Deal.

Climate Mobilization organizers with our Hoboken, New Jersey Chapter played a key role in driving home the Climate Emergency message to NJ Senator Cory Booker, just weeks before he came out as the first Democratic Senator to support the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal legislative framework would create an economic mobilization focused on addressing climate change and providing high-quality green jobs to all who want one in the United States. It is being championed by an emerging cohort of Members of Congress who understand the Climate Emergency and the opportunities it poses for society-wide uplift as we address this existential threat. The core tenants of the Green New Deal align with the Climate Mobilization platform and we maintain close relationships with the leaders of this effort.

“We must take bold action on climate change & create a green economy that benefits all Americans. Excited to support a #GreenNewDeal,” Senator Booker tweeted on December 14.

This declaration of support comes on the heels of a November 28 meeting with Climate Mobilization organizers from our Hoboken, New Jersey Chapter, who organized a meeting with Senator Booker’s policy staff ahead of his endorsement. This meeting was arranged after our organizers were able to discuss climate policy face-to-face with the Senator at a campaign event, which led to an invitation to meet.

“We request that Senator Booker publicly advocate for Green New Deal Legislation, and back the creation of a select committee for the creation of a Green New Deal in the House of Representatives,” read the first of five requests put to the Senator by The New Jersey Climate Coalition, a group consisting of local organizers from Climate Mobilization, Food and Water Watch, The Sierra Club, ClimateMama, and The Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains, in a letter submitted to him during their meeting.

The Climate Mobilization Hoboken Chapter successfully achieved a previous landmark for the Climate Emergency Movement when Hoboken became the first city in the United States to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to a rapid timeline to eliminate emissions. This impact was specifically cited by the City of London in their declaration of Climate Emergency.

As of this writing, cities and local governments representing over 15 million constituents have made similar declarations and commitments to Climate Mobilization.

Senator Booker’s embrace of the Green New Deal is especially important to the Climate Emergency Movement, as early indications point to him being a leading contender in the Democratic Party’s primary elections to determine who will challenge President Trump in the 2020 election cycle. Senator Booker joins Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont, as the second potential primary challenger to endorse the Green New Deal. Neither Senator has officially declared their candidacy as of this writing.

Embracing the Green New Deal appears to be a wise political strategy, not just for the contest between Democrats for the nomination, but potentially for the general election as well. In early polling, the policy has remarkable support across the political spectrum, with 81% of registered voters supporting it.

 

 

The poll, conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University, demonstrates the potential for a paradigm shift in American politics and an opportunity for a political breakthrough. The challenge now is for champions of this policy to keep the message clear and the demands focused.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Mobilus In Mobili.

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Alexia Leclerq

Network Coach

Alexia (she/they) is an environmental justice organizer based in Austin, TX. They graduated summa cum laude from NYU (’20), where they self-designed a major titled “The Politics and Economics of Inequality.” Their research focuses on political ecology, environmental justice, AAPI communities, inequality, postcolonialism. As an organizer and researcher they have spent the past 5 years working on various issues from preserving the Colorado River, water rights, fighting land use policy and zoning that enforces race-based discrimination, conducting ethnographic research on climate health, to organizing mutual aid, youth programming, and shaping national legislation alongside members of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum and the Environmental Justice Health Alliance; today Alexia continues to work as an organizer with PODER, a grassroots EJ org. Alexia is also the co-founder of Start: Empowerment, a BIPOC led social and environmental justice education non-profit working with youth, educators, activists, and community members to implement justice-focused education and programming in schools and community spaces. S:E curriculum and programming has reached over 2,000 students, been recognized by the NYC Department of Education, and taught in universities. In 2021, their work was recognized by the prestigious Brower Youth Award.

Emmett Hopkins

National Organizer

Emmett organizes local-scale mobilization for the Sonoma County campaign, while supporting Climate Mobilization’s organizing efforts around the country. He brings over a decade of experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build community food systems, ensure equitable access to public lands, and mobilize resources towards a just transition to an amazing zero carbon future. He graduated from Stanford with a BS in Earth Systems and MS in Urban Planning & Sustainable Design. Emmett enjoys growing food and cultivating relationships, riding bikes and buses, and reimagining our communities to better serve all the people living in them.

Suha Dabbouseh

National Organizer

National Organizer Suha Dabbouseh leads national strategy for The Climate Mobilization. They are originally from Chicago but have lived, organized and rebel-roused in seven states and 11 cities. Suha received their law degree from CUNY-School of Law where they focused on social justice lawyering representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay. While practicing law, Suha had worked to advocate on behalf of domestic violence survivors, transgender clients and fighting employment discrimination. Their passion is building people power and organizing to dismantle structural inequities.

Matt Renner

Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization

Matt has worked as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. He leads organizational expansion and works closely with the communications and organizing teams. Matt earned a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, where he was deeply inspired by the work of Professor George Lakoff.

Mariyah Jahangiri

Network Organizer

Mariyah leads Climate Mobilization Network’s recruitment, coordination, and organizing support. She has organized across movements and is passionate about addressing white supremacy in the mainstream climate movement and building capacity for youth-led, BIPOC-led intersectional climate movements. She has been inspired by her experiences organizing to defund the police in Boston, supporting mutual aid and food sovereignty projects in Iowa, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico, and working on a Make Big Polluters Pay campaign. Mariyah worked as an organizer with the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign and Planned Parenthood PAC. She graduated from Grinnell College with a Sociology degree.

Rebecca Harris

Co-Leader and Director of Organizing

Rebecca leads Climate Mobilization organizing efforts. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca he has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools. Most recently, Rebecca worked as Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants’ and workers’ rights organization. She is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program.

Marina Mails

Co-Leader and Director of Operations
Marina manages operations and volunteers for both The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. She brings broad experience working in non-profit organizations, health care settings, and running her own private counseling practice. Before joining Climate Mobilization, Marina maintained a practice focusing exclusively on climate-related emotional coping, helping people make bold choices for lifestyle and professional change in response to the Climate Emergency. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Counseling from UNC Greensboro.

Meghann Beer

Co-Leader and Director of Resource Mobilization and Strategy

Meghann brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. For over a decade Meghann has worked as a nonprofit consultant helping organizations expand their capacity, secure revenue, develop successful strategies, and effectively evaluate their programs, enabling them to create greater positive change in the world. She has also worked as an executive director, designed and facilitated international service learning experiences, and taught university courses in fundraising and nonprofit management. Meghann earned a MPA in Nonprofit Management and Comparative and International Affairs from The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN and a BA in Art History and American Studies from Tufts University in Boston, MA.

Cris Lagunas

Strategy Director

Cris is helping to grow the Climate Emergency Movement by supporting creative campaigns and extending the reach of the movement’s message. Cris is a co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, an organization dedicated to using direct action tactics to expose, challenge and dismantle the immigration detention system.Cris got his start in organizing when he was 15 years old, getting involved in a local group of fellow undocumented youth.

Zack Burley

Policy Associate

Zack provides policy support for the Climate Mobilization team, and brings a versatile set of policy skills and experiences in labor organizing, journalism, legislative politics, and legal practice to the climate emergency movement. Zack earned a JD from Denver University Sturm College of Law, is a founding organizer of the Political Workers Guild of Colorado, and formerly served as a legislative aide in the Colorado General Assembly.

AriDy Nox

Co-Leader and Director of Narrative Strategy

 AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt. They create out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Their tales are offerings intended to function as small parts of an ancient, expansive, awe-inspiring tradition of world-shaping, created by and for black femmes. They have over a decade of experience as a young social activist and organizer, within reproductive justice and racial justice frameworks with organizations like the Young Women of Color Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth, the Toni Cade Bamabara Collective at Spelman College and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. They bring creativity, enthusiasm and a tremendous capacity for organization to her/their role and deep belief that times of apocalypse are opportunities for rebirth. We need first imagine the world we want in order to create it.