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Buffalo, Roe vs. Wade and Climate Mobilization News

Our first priority today is to amplify the call to end white supremacy. The calculated violence, terror and gaslighting of the white nationalist movement must be addressed. We can’t tolerate collusion with this ideology from our politicians and public figures. Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with the victims of the racial violence in Buffalo. For those who may be interested, here is a call for white people to mourn and organize together through Standing Up for Racial Justice

We are reflecting in these weeks about the leaked Supreme Court Opinion which would overturn Roe vs. Wade — the personal toll of that decision, its impact on our loved ones, our communities, and on the climate movement. Co-Leader and Director of Narrative Strategy, AriDy Nox, shared their thoughts on the intersection between the struggle for reproductive rights and the fight for a safe climate on our blog. Here’s an excerpt:

 “It is unethical to demand that child-bearing people give birth whilst also refusing to create a world that is habitable to the children they would give birth to. It is unethical to strip people of what little federal protection they have to obtain an abortion. It is doubly unethical to do so while refusing to pass any credible climate legislation while the Earth is made increasingly uninhabitable in the interests of corporate profit. People have the right to decide what to do with their bodies. And on a planet our governments are allowing to burn (and in many cases literally fueling the fire) it is not only immoral but absurd to try to strip people of that fundamental right.” 

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Climate Mobilization News

Members of the Housing and Climate Justice for Acton group, whose work we support with staff organizing capacity, are advocating for electric vehicle charging stations in condo and apartment buildings in Acton. This work is critical to getting access to vehicle charging for renters, who need overnight charging capability but cannot install charging stations on their own. Check out their pitch on local TV! 

Congratulations to Organizers with Climate Mobilization Network Member XR San Francisco for their action at Wells Fargo Bank shareholders meeting! Activists are calling for an end to funding fossil fuel projects, which would lock us into dangerous emissions for years to come. 

Earlier this month organizers from Sunrise Sonoma County Hub and Sonoma County Climate Mobilization, supported by our central staff, held a Transit Justice Rally, calling for public transportation that serves working people, lowering carbon emissions and creating safe, reliable and affordable public transit for all. 

Team Spotlight

Many of you know long-time TCM organizer, Rebecca Harris. For those that don’t: Co-Leader and Director of Organizing, Rebecca Harris is part of the co-leadership team at The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project, and leads our organizing efforts in Acton, MA. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools. Rebecca lives in Chicago and is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program.

Rebecca Harris

Good Reads

Unprecedented, deadly heat has enveloped the Indian subcontinent this spring, causing widespread suffering, electrical blackouts, and triggering glacial melt and flooding. 

Fossil fuel companies are putting profit over a livable planet, with business-as-usual plans that will lock the earth into climate destruction. Governments must intervene to keep these corporations from initiating extraction projects that would emit enough greenhouse gas to barrel through every climate tipping point. 

The Department of Justice is announcing the creation of an Office of Environmental Justice to take on polluting companies, particularly those who target Black, brown and indigenous communities, historically disproportionately harmed by contaminated air and water.

Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bill last week to give a tax credit to manufacturers of high-efficiency heat pumps. This move could boost production of heat pumps, an essential part of electrifying homes and buildings. 

The Biden Administration will halt the sale of oil and gas drilling leases — one in Alaska and two in the Gulf of Mexico — covering over a million acres. 

The news this Spring has felt overwhelming at times, with many of us fighting overwhelm and hopelessness. Here are some helpful ideas for steadying ourselves when the world feels like too much.

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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.