Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change” is a ground-breaking weekly radio show and podcast that focuses on building a diverse and empowered movement to fight climate change, environmental injustices, and propel the transition to 100% clean energy for all. The platform will be a vital tool in linking climate and culture, and bringing influences from both worlds together to talk environmental justice and climate change.

The show is hosted by two nationally recognized leaders, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Mustafa Santiago Ali. Both hosts bring to the table critical insight and expertise from decades of experience working with vulnerable communities across the United States and beyond. 

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. Rev Yearwood is a national leader in engaging young people in electoral activism. He leads the national Respect My Vote! campaign and coalition (www.respectmyvote.com). A national leader and pacemaker within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy over the past decade. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, Rev Yearwood raises awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns and the progressive movement. Rev Yearwood’s innovative stance has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including the National Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice, and former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus. Mustafa is a renowned national speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator. He specializes in social and environmental justice issues and is focused on a utilizing a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities . He joined the Hip Hop Caucus, after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. At the EPA, he elevated environmental justice issues and worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives. Throughout his career he has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to improve people’s lives by addressing environmental, health, and economic justice issues.

Tune into “Think 100%, coolest show on climate change” every Tuesday at 6pm EST, or stream live from WPFW. Follow Rev Yearwood (@RevYearwood), Mustafa Ali (@EJinAction), and Hip Hop Caucus @HipHopCaucus on Twitter to stay updated on the latest news, and to get involved in the show.

John Lewis’s Advice For Defending Our Health and the EPA: ‘Get Into Good Trouble’

Mustafa calls out the environmental injustice and disservice the Trump Administration is exhibiting by its attempts to undermine the public health protections and programs many families of color rely on.

This article was originally posted March 19, 2018, on Blavity.com 

In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated the 20th anniversary of a historic Presidential Executive Order (E.O.12898) declaring action on environmental justice. The guest of honor was Congressman John Lewis, a legendary civil rights champion and an environmental justice advocate. In 1992, he introduced the Environmental Justice Act, the first piece of legislation dedicated to abolishing racial disparities, environmental protection applications. Soon after, the environmental justice program at EPA was established—an office I worked in for almost 25 years.

But given the Trump administration’s intentional neglect of the most basic of EPA’s mandates, I left the agency, and joined the Hip Hop Caucus. We and our partners are committed to transforming our communities from ‘surviving to ‘thriving’. And that means defending against the injustices of pollution and disinvestment.

And the truth is, some injustices are easier to see, like signs hanging above a water fountain or on a bathroom door. Under the surface, systemic harm disproportionately undermining black and brown families continues to fester, demands more thoughtful attention than ever before.

Let’s take the tragic story of Freddie Gray, for example. It’s been a few years since young Freddie Gray died in the back of a police van in Baltimore, Maryland. His death sparked conversation about police brutality, and the criminal justice system. But the untold story is one of unfair environmental harm. It turns out, Freddie grew up in the projects in Baltimore, and was exposed to lead paint chips as a child. Science tells us that exposure to lead at that age seriously inhibits brain development, leading to increased academic struggles and higher rates of youth run-ins with the law. We currently have over one million kids who are suffering from lead poisoning.

When the Trump Administration undermines public health protections and programs families like Freddie’s rely on, communities of color suffer the most. Our safety and our health the first rung on any letter of opportunity. The President and his backers have posed historically deep cuts to cornerstone environmental justice programs and the stripping of grant dollars dedicated to ensuring safe water to drink and clean air to breathe, all while our children suffer from more asthma, our families are exposed to more toxic chemicals, and our neighborhoods deal with higher levels of contaminated water.

A recent investigation into water contamination around the country identified more than 3,000 neighborhood areas with recently recorded childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those found across Flint, Michigan, during the peak of that city’s water contamination a few years ago. In fact, more than 1,000 of those ‘hotspots’ have a rate of elevated blood lead levels higher than Flint’s.

Whether it’s his political delay of the Waters of the United States rule meant to keep sources of drinking water safe from harm—or continual blockage of having EPA do the job Congress gave it to do, Trump’s actions put us in real, measurable danger.

On the heels of Black History Month, we’re reminded that the environmental movement and the civil rights movement are two sides of the same coin: EPA was born from an all-too-familiar compulsion to fight for basic rights—the right to clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and healthy land to raise our families.

As he spoke to EPA staff in 2014 upon receiving his award, Congressman Lewis recounted his first recollection, as a young boy in Jim Crow Alabama, seeing entry signs and water fountains labeled ‘colored’ and ‘white’. I was there in the room when he described it in detail. He remembers asking his family why such discrimination existed: “They said, ‘That’s just the way it is. Don’t get in the way. Don’t get in trouble.’”

Today, in this new era of anti-science, racially charged political leadership, as environmental health injustices deepen their roots in black and brown communities, we must endeavor—like generations past—to give voice to the voiceless and fight for a more equitable future.

At the end of his talk at, John Lewis said to all of us in the room: “thank you for getting in the way. Thank you for getting in trouble – good trouble. It’s the necessary thing to do.”

Let’s take a page out of Congressman Lewis’s book. Let’s keep getting into good trouble.

 

About the Author: Mustafa Santiago Ali is a renowned national speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator. Mr. Ali specializes in social and environmental justice issues and is focused on a utilizing a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities. He joined the Hip Hop Caucus after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Throughout his career he has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to improve people’s lives by addressing environmental, health, and economic justice issues. For more from Mustafa, please be sure to check out Mustafa’s latest appearance on AM Joy, video interview with Robert Reich, and interview on the Politically Re-Active podcast with Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu. You can also keep up with him on Twitter (@EJinAction).

 

Respect My Vote! campaign conducting non-partisan onsite voter registration and voter pledge operations in five cities across the country to turn advocacy into power at the polls

Washington, D.C. – On Saturday, March 24th, Hip Hop Caucus is joining March For Our Lives to demand an end to the gun violence that plagues communities across the country. Through Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! Campaign, non-partisan voter registration and voter pledge engagement operations will take place in five major cities to ensure young people are able to exercise their power in our democracy during the upcoming midterm elections and beyond. The five cities are: Washington D.C.; Detroit, MI; New Orleans, LA; Los Angeles, CA; and, Charlotte, NC. Hip Hop Caucus’ objective is to make sure that this powerful movement for gun reform carries its momentum into lasting positive change for communities on the frontlines of gun violence.

In the 20th century, freedom fighters fought for equality. In the 21st century, we are fighting for existence as we march for our lives,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO. “We stand in solidarity with the amazing young people who so bravely stepped up after the Parkland shooting to say enough is enough. And, we stand in solidarity with the community activists and leaders in Black, Brown and Native communities who have been demanding action on gun violence for years with much less attention. This is a turning point and young people will be going to the polls this November demanding gun reform.”

Hip Hop Caucus supports the March For Our Lives call to enact common-sense gun reform including banning the sale of assault weapons, prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines, closing the loophole in our background check law, creating violence prevention programs, and ensuring mental health access for those impacted by exposure to gun violence. To achieve these reforms, Hip Hop Caucus is mobilizing young people who are supporting the March For Our Lives movement to register to vote, start or join voter registration drives, urge elected leaders at all levels of government to pass meaningful gun reform legislation, and support efforts to keep guns off school campuses and out of communities.  

Hip Hop Caucus has been engaged for over a decade in advocacy and educational efforts to address the disproportionate effects and daily impacts of gun violence in vulnerable communities, including urban communities and communities of color. Hip Hop Caucus continues to engage in sustained advocacy focused on engaging local, state and federal government officials, grassroots organizations, cultural influencers, and community leaders in an effort to enact and improve policies to reduce and prevent gun violence.

Solutions to reducing gun violence also come from communities that experience it firsthand. That is why Hip Hop Caucus recently teamed up with the multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning recording artists Black Eyed Peas for the release of their new single and video, “Street Livin”, that drives awareness and a call to action on issues largely impacting communities of color, including gun violence. The call to action on gun violence for the project was put together in partnership with national organizations also led by millenials and people of color, to implement proven strategies to reduce gun violence in cities across the United States.

Respect My Vote! was first launched by Hip Hop Caucus in 2008 and has since engaged millions of people during election cycles throughout the United States. Through partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, media and entertainment companies, and celebrity spokespeople, the non-partisan campaign focuses on voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote, and voter rights. Spokespeople have included Vic Mensa, T.I., Charlamagne tha God, Keke Palmer, 2 Chainz, Amber Rose, Future, and hundreds of other artists and community leaders. 

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Press Note: Photo ops and in-person interviews available to reporters in Washington, DC, Charlotte NC, Detroit MI, Los Angeles CA, and New Orleans LA, or over the phone with national leaders and young people who have been personally impacted by gun violence and are organizing for solutions, action from lawmakers, and mobilizing their peers to the polls this November. Feel free to contact me to arrange an interview or cover our activities on Saturday (media@hiphopcaucus.org). Hip Hop Caucus is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2004 that uses the power of Hip Hop culture to engage and empower young people and communities of color in the civic and political process. Follow us @HipHopCaucus on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook. More at HipHopCaucus.org.

Washington, D.C. – Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Justice, & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to shutdown the federal government.

“President Trump is failing America by choosing politics instead of people. He had the opportunity to support a bipartisan agreement, but chose not to. His decision is an affront to our democracy that will cause harm to the people he is supposed to serve.

Our most vulnerable communities are now at an even greater risk. His decision weakens America’s ability to fight the opioid epidemic, fix the pipes in Flint, and help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands recover and rebuild from record hurricanes. It also leaves 9 million kids who depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program out in the cold and threatens the fate of 800,000 DREAMers who are family, friends, and hardworking members of our communities.

Make no mistake: the Trump shutdown is bad for everyone and could have been avoided. While our President continues to undermine our democracy, taxpayers, and communities, people are rising up to organize, take action, and hold our elected officials accountable. This is a critical time for our country and Hip Hop Caucus stands with the people and leaders that are using their power to move all of our communities from surviving to thriving.”

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More about Hip Hop Caucus and Mustafa Santiago Ali is on our new website and follow us @HipHopCaucus on social media (TW/FB/IG).  

Originally posted at 350.org

New Yorkers celebrate as NYC Mayor announces divestment from fossil fuels, files climate lawsuit

#DivestNY victory reverberates around the world as New Yorkers vow to keep up the fight for bold climate action

New York, NY — Today, following over five years of persistent campaigning from New Yorkers, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the City is moving forward with full fossil fuel divestment. The city’s five pension funds, a combined $191 billion, will divest $5 billion in securities from over 100 fossil fuel reserve owners.

New York’s announcement brings the total number of global divestment commitments to 810 institutions representing more than $6 trillion in assets.

“New York City today becomes a capital of the fight against climate change on this planet. With its communities exceptionally vulnerable to a rising sea, the city is showing the spirit for which it’s famous: it’s not pretending that working with the fossil fuel companies will somehow save the day, but instead standing up to them, in the financial markets and in court,” said Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. “Ever since Sandy, New Yorkers understand the risk, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. Now, thanks to Mayor de Blasio and his team, the city is fighting back, and in ways that will actually matter.”

In addition to this multi-billion-dollar hard-won divestment, Mayor de Blasio announced the City is launching a lawsuit against five major oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips for climate damages. With New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigating ExxonMobil, and seven municipalities across California fighting similar damage lawsuits, this announcement adds significant momentum to the #ExxonKnew campaign to hold fossil fuel corporations accountable for the role in climate destruction.

“New York City is standing up for future generations by becoming the first major city to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “At the same time, we’re bringing the fight against climate change straight to the fossil fuel companies that knew about its effects and intentionally misled the public to protect their profits. As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient.”

“Today is a momentous day in the fight against corporate greed exploiting our communities and fueling climate chaos,” said Betámia Coronel, US Reinvestment Coordinator, 350.org. “While the oil-washed White House rolls back protections, New York City has leapt forward in modeling climate leadership. Divesting our city’s pensions from the dirtiest companies is an enormous hard-won first step; holding companies like Exxon accountable for their role in climate deception is next. Today’s announcement is a rallying signal to cities all over the world that the dawn of a fossil free world has arrived.”

This New York City announcement is sending ripples around the world, reinvigorating divestment fights from California to Japan and beyond. The San Francisco pension board is scheduled for a long-awaited divestment vote on January 24.

On January 31, the day after the State of the Union, 350.org is launching Fossil Free US, with leaders including Senator Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Varshini Prakash, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood speaking at a livestreamed event in Washington D.C. to lay out the plan for the climate resistance in 2018 and beyond.

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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, said, “Our communities are seeing the impacts of climate change more and more each day. Today, Mayor de Blasio took a necessary and imperative step to protect our communities now and planet for future generations by divesting from the fossil fuels causing climate change. Leaders at all levels of government around the country have the power and need to follow the example of New York City immediately. Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, massive wildfires — the urgency to act for the future of a habitable planet has never been greater. The time for action is now and we applaud the Mayor’s action today.”

Naomi Klein, author and activist, said, “Emanating from the financial capital of the world, the message of today’s historic announcement is unmistakable: investing in fossil fuel companies is a high-risk, bad bet. New York City is now leading cities and states to not only divest from fossil fuel companies but also insist that the corporations that profit from destabilizing our shared planet pay for the mess they knowingly created. As of today, the entire fossil fuel sector finds itself under a cloud of huge potential court-imposed costs, as well as the growing global momentum of investor flight. That means no matter how many oil and coal leases the Trump Administration hands out, the economics of new drilling will make less and less sense. This is very good news.”

Jonathan Westin, Executive Director, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), said, “Climate change is especially destructive to communities of color in the U.S. and globally. It’s time to defund corporations like ExxonMobil and all fossil fuel infrastructure and move rapidly to good jobs in a world powered by 100% renewable energy. The city’s actions announced today are the big, bold action we need to save our collective future from climate destruction.”

Michael Johnson, NYCC member & Sandy Survivor, said, “When Sandy came, I lost everything, so i am so proud that my City will stop financing climate destruction by divesting from oil and gas corporations like Exxon and begin a vital battle for justice in our court system,” said Michael Johnson, a member of New York Communities for Change and Sandy survivor from Coney Island. “With Trump taking the federal government backwards, it’s especially vital for cities and states to act; This is the type of bold action urgently needed to fight the accelerating climate crisis.”

Denise Patel, Coordinator, Divest Invest Network, said, “From global financial capital to a center for climate action, New York City’s leaders have created a watershed moment for the climate movement in a city devastated by Superstorm Sandy just five years ago. Today, under the leadership of Mayor De Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James through her unwavering support and leadership for divestment, New York City is taking aim at the heart of the fossil fuel industry and holding them accountable from the bow of resistance against the Trump Administration. We commend them for this bold move to protect all New Yorkers and the hard-earned pensions of the city’s workers.”

Lyna Hinkel, of 350NYC, said, “While the latest scientific studies confirm that rapid climate change is already upon us, the federal government is aggressively reversing the little progress we’ve made towards solving the crisis. It is enormously encouraging that on the local level Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, and Public Advocate James are taking bold action and leading by example and that their leadership will not only safeguard the retirement income of NYC pensioners, but will opens the floodgates for other cities and states to get on board. Today is a good day for New York City and the rest of the planet.

Greg Young, Gloverville Supervisor and Elected Officials to Protect New York coordinator, said, “On behalf of 220 local officials from 50 counties, we applaud Mayor de Blasio and City Comptroller Stringer for aligning New York City’s investments with its climate leadership by divesting from fossil fuels. Not only is this imperative for climate change, it’s necessary to protect pensioners given that fossil fuels and climate change cost billions and threaten the stable future for retirees that pension funds are intended to provide. This sends a clear message that the era of fossil fuels is over, and now state and local governments across the country should follow New York City’s example.”

Tom Sanzillo, Former First Deputy State Comptroller and Current Director Finance of Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (ieefa.org),said, “The decision by the Mayor, Comptroller, union leaders and elected officials is a proper exercise of their financial responsibilities as trustees to the City pension systems. Oil and gas stocks were once world leaders. They are now laggards with weak revenues, weak markets for their products and a negative outlook. All three of the industries fail as investments. Industry leaders like ExxonMobil have also offered no turnaround plans to investors preferring instead to frustrate the efforts of independent outside reviewers like Attorney General Schneiderman. The legal actions contemplated by the City are overdue as management attempts to stop legally valid inquiries into corporate affairs is a serious matter worthy of shareholder action.”

Christopher Ito, CEO, Fossil Free Indexes, said, “We are pleased that the City of New York is including The Carbon Underground 200(TM) in its divestment plans for NYCERS and TRS. The decision to address the risks and opportunities of a transition to  clean energy reflects a growing trend among fiduciaries. FFI welcomes an opportunity to work with the city to implement a strategy that seeks to safeguard the benefits owed to plan participants.”

Carroll Muffett, President, Center for International Environmental Law, said, “Today’s announcements are a watershed in corporate accountability for climate change and a wakeup call to investors that the risks facing fossil fuel companies are real, material and rapidly growing. New York City joins a growing list of governments both within and beyond the United States determined to hold Exxon, Shell and other fossil fuel producers accountable for their role in the climate crisis. The announcements underscore the enormous financial risk facing Exxon and other fossil fuel companies in an era of energy transition and accelerating litigation.  In light of these risks, the decision to divest New York City’s public pensions from the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers by 2022 is a victory for New York pensioners. It is also a clarion call to other pension fund fiduciaries that fossil fuel investments are growing ever more toxic, and that the time left to protect their assets and their beneficiaries is limited.”

Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith, Executive Director, said, “It’s wrong for investors to profit from an industry that has recklessly endangered people and the planet for its own gain, and it’s patently unfair for the industry to shirk responsibility for the harm it has caused.  New York City is on the side of the angels with its dual announcement today.”

Dan Sherrell, Campaign Coordinator for NY Renews, said, “We commend Mayor de Blasio’s bold announcement that his office will be suing top fossil fuel companies for the massive harm they’ve caused to New Yorkers’ wellbeing and safety, including billions of dollars in damage to the city’s infrastructure suffered during Superstorm Sandy – a storm made deadly by climate change. Now we must extend that accountability beyond a single lawsuit, by passing a corporate polluter fee in New York State, so that all fossil fuel companies are made to pay for the true cost of their emissions. In the process, we could generate billions of dollars in revenue every year, to invest in renewable energy development and job creation—a Green New Deal for the Empire State. As Mayor de Blasio takes bold steps to begin holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in creating the greatest ecological crisis of our generation, Governor Andrew Cuomo should be taking note. It will be his responsibility to ensure that this ethic of accountability is enshrined at the state level, in the form of a corporate polluter fee.”

Mark Dunlea, former steering Committee member of 350 NYC, said, “As one of the global cities most threatened by climate change,it is appropriate that NYC is providing critical leadership on divestment Thanks to the thousands of citizen activists who have spent years in this struggle. We call upon State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to join us,” said Mark Dunlea with Divest NY.”

Nancy Romer, Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, American Federation of Teachers local #2334 Environmental Justice Working Group and Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College said, “Victory for the climate movement! I am proud of labor’s support for divestment. Labor’s capacity to help keep the planet safe from catastrophic climate change is vast through its billions of dollars of pension funds that can be re-deployed to climate-friendly investments and through its political power.Let other unions in other places join us in our struggle to save our pensions and our planet! Let’s create a just transition to a renewable energy economy with good jobs for all.”

Mimi Bluestone, Co-Leader, 350Brooklyn said, “By suing Exxon, Chevron, Conoco, Shell, and BP, Mayor DeBlasio is showing true leadership in the struggle for a livable climate. These companies’ climate denial campaigns have deprived the world of an irreplaceable resource in this struggle: time. The mayor’s pledge to divest fossil fuel holdings from New York City’s largest pension is another crucial step toward climate sanity. As a retired NYC teacher, I look forward to the day when my pension money will no longer be invested in activities that threaten the future of the students I taught.”

Leslie Cagan from People’s Climate Movement – NY, said, “We applaud Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James, for listening to the voices of the diverse and passionate New York City climate justice movement, and taking this tremendous step forward. In the face of Federal paralysis and hostility, New York City is boldly showing how cities can rise up and take the lead in keeping our planet habitable for future generations. Bravo!”

Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Valerie Rockefeller, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, said, “The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is proud to stand alongside Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Stringer in their historic commitment to divest the NYC pension funds from fossil fuels. In the void of federal leadership on climate, bold moves like this offer promise that the world can still win on climate. As one of the early members of Divest Invest Philanthropy, a global coalition of foundations committed to divesting from fossil fuels and investing in the clean, equitable energy future, we have validated our decision with higher returns, greater impact, and a clearer conscience. We welcome New York City to the movement.”

Josh Fox, Filmmaker, said, “For New York City, climate change is an existential crisis, a matter of life and death, of drowning or fighting, of truth vs falsehood and without question of PEOPLE vs the greedy and destructive fossil fuel industry.  Led by a popular organized grassroots uprising across the state, New York lead the world in banning fracking, a move that was championed in its early days by Scott Stringer.  We see the same kind of bold and necessary leadership in this move to divest today.  Future generations of New Yorkers will thank the Mayor and Comptroller, but this win belongs to the consistent and persistent organizing of ordinary citizens who rallied and spoke out for climate justice and the protection of people all over the globe. This is a bold call for coastal cities and communities across the US to divest from fossil fuels, get with the planet and resist the awful destructive policies of Donald Trump, the fossil fuel industry, the frackers, and their corrupt allies in government.”

Clara Vondrich, Global Director, DivestInvest Philanthropy, said, “From its start on a handful of US college campuses six years ago, the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in a fair and clean energy future has exploded into a global phenomenon. Today, New York City joins ranks with hundreds of institutional investors, managing assets of over $5.5 trillion, in deciding that fossil fuels are better left in the ground where they can’t burn hard-won pensions and portfolios. The opportunity to redirect that money to the technologies, industries and communities building an economy powered by 100% wind, water and sun — one that works for the many and not just the few — is not to be missed. Bravo to Mayor De Blasio and Comptroller Stringer for moving the world’s financial epicenter from darkness into light.”

Adrian Grenier, Actor, said, “How quickly the future is coming!? It’s certainly now here in New York. I’m so proud of my home town for divesting from oil, such a destructive and risky industry. I got out of oil and my portfolio has never been stronger. I’m glad that NY realizes that the free market is done with dirty fossil fuels, which is why renewables are outperforming in energy cost and efficiency. It’s the right thing to do for the people of this state, to protect their pensions from a pending crash in the oil market and all the inevitable environmental catastrophes that devastate our oceans, groundwater and the extreme weather brought on by too much carbon in the atmosphere.  But, most importantly, this is a win for people and the economy.”

Andy Morrison, Campaigns Director, New Economy Project, said, “We applaud New York City’s decision to divest its pension funds from fossil fuel companies. This bold step sets a precedent that other cities and states should follow, to ensure that public dollars are not fueling the climate crisis–which disproportionately harms frontline communities of color. We urge the City to commit to reinvesting these funds in ways that promote ecological sustainability, energy democracy, and equitable community economic development in NYC.”

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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350.org U.S. Communications Manager, thanu@350.org, 413-687-5160

To view this statement online, visit: https://350.org/press-release/nyc-divests/

To view the Mayor’s press release, go here.

For more on the story of the #DivestNY campaign and key statistics, see HERE.

For more on #DivestNY, go to: divestny.org 

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Episode Overview

What is Environmental Justice? Hosts Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Mustafa Santiago Ali are joined by three leaders to discuss the history of the movement and what it means for moving our most vulnerable communities from ‘surviving to thriving’. Guests include United States Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04), the “father of Environmental Justice” Dr. Robert Bullard, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice Director of Federal Policy Dr. Adrienne Hollis in the inaugural episode of Think 100% – The Coolest Show On Climate Change.

 

Topics Covered
  • Welcome to “Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change”! 
  • Putting Environmental Justice in Perspective
  • Environmental Justice in the 21st Century – are we moving backwards?
  • Resistance and Persistence: Efforts to Address Environmental Justice in Communities and Congress
  • How do we win? Power of the People.

 

Join the Conversation

This show is of, by, and for the people – so we need to hear from you! You are vital in the process to improve our communities now and protect future generations. Join the conversation and submit questions for the show using #Think100 on Twitter and be sure to tag us @HipHopCaucus

 

Special Guests

Congressman Donald McEachin represents Virginia’s 4th district, covering much of the area between Richmond and Hampton Roads. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Mr. McEachin serves as the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and sits on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Mr. McEachin also sits on both the Readiness and the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittees under the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. McEachin is committed to being a progressive champion who leads efforts that will promote equality, curb gun violence, protect our environment, and advocate for military personnel and their family members.

In May 2017, he announced the start of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force with fellow co-chairs Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07). 

Twitter: @RepMcEachin

 

 

Dr. Robert Bullard, often described as the “father of environmental justice,” is the distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University . He is the author of 18 books that address climate justice, environmental racism, sustainable development, and other topics. Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including from CNN, the American Bar Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, and others. In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after him.

Twitter@DrBobBullard

 

 

 

Dr. Adrienne Hollis is the Director of Federal Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Dr. Hollis is an experienced environmental toxicologist as well as an environmental attorney. She has worked with a number of community organizations and has a wealth of experience in community-based participatory research around environmental justice issues.

Twitter@EjToxicdoc

 

 

Cutting-edge show infuses climate and culture to tell the stories that inspire action to stop climate change and protect the frontline communities fighting for their existence

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, March 13th, Hip Hop Caucus is launching “Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change”, a groundbreaking radio show and podcast that will harness the power of culture to broaden the climate movement. The hour long show will air at 6:00 PM ET on 89.3 FM WPFW, a Pacifica Station in the Washington D.C. Metro Region, and will be available everywhere via internet radio, podcast, and online video. The show will counter attacks on our environment and communities, and advance solutions to climate change that propel a just transition to 100% clean energy for all.

The show will be hosted by national civil and human rights, and environmental and climate leaders, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Mustafa Santiago Ali, with special guest hosts featured from across the climate movement.

“From Flint, to Standing Rock, to Puerto Rico, our planet and communities are under attack from environmental injustices, deadly policy decisions, insufficient action on climate change, and an Administration that is moving us backwards,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. “All people must benefit from the fight for clean air, clean water, and a sustainable planet.​”

The show’s platform and marketing strategy will ​provide the climate movement with the ability ​to break down silos, reach and empower new audiences, mobilize supporters, and position frontline communities for bold action.

“Think 100% comes at a crucial time for our communities now and for future generations, whose health and lives are jeopardized by the fossil fuel industry and elected leaders that value profits over people,” said Mustafa Santiago Ali. “Featuring stories from communities facing deadly impacts from pollution and climate change, and conversations with celebrities, artists, activists, youth leaders, Congressional Members, issue experts, and more, the show will break down barriers between issues within the movement for justice and a sustainable planet for all.”

The show will drive real talk on a range of issues impacting our health, security, wallet, and the ability to ensure our planet is habitable for for future generations. The issues and solutions to be discussed will include but are not limited to clean air and water, fossil fuel development, public lands and waters, oceans and coasts, smart infrastructure, energy access, climate change resilience and adaptation, climate mitigation, clean energy financing and innovation, wildlife, green business and labor, chemicals and toxins, immigration, democracy, security, and faith.   

Guests for the first show include leading voices in the environmental justice movement; Dr. Robert Bullard, the “Father of Environmental Justice”; United States Representative Donald McEachin (VA-04), co-chair of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force; and Dr. Adrienne Hollis, Director of Federal Policy at WEACT for Environmental Justice, a pioneer organization fighting against environmental injustices for 30 years at the local, state, and federal levels.

“Hip Hop Caucus Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change”, will air live every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 PM ET on 89.3 FM WPFW, a Pacifica Station in Washington D.C. Metro Region, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia. The weekly hour long live show will also be disseminated as a podcast and as online video, providing ongoing opportunity for content distribution to large and diverse audiences. Episodes will be available to live stream and download at www.wpfwfm.org and podcast platforms.  

Mustafa Santiago Ali and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

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Hip Hop Caucus is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2004 that uses the power of Hip Hop culture to engage and empower young people and communities of color in the civic and political process.