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S1 Ep 23: Global Climate Action Summit + Listeners Call In w/ Clara Vondich

 We are joined by Clara Vondrich, U.S. Director of Divest-Invest, to discuss the Global Climate Action Summit and the hundreds of Climate, Jobs, and Justice marches happening around the world. States, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens are stepping up to act on climate, and this is a moment to take ambition to the next level. We also take calls from listeners to hear their thoughts on the upcoming Global Climate Summit. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. hosts along with co-hosts, Mustafa Santiago Ali and Antonique Smith. Recorded live for radio, the episode opens with current events in the climate movement.

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S1 Ep 22: #DirtyPowerScam w/ Dr. Adrienne Hollis

 Today, we are joined by Dr. Adrienne Hollis from WE ACT for Environmental Justice to have a fiery conversation about Trump’s new “Affordable Clean Energy” plan, aka the “Dirty Power Scam”. The Trump Administration has admitted this plan will kill thousands of lives prematurely and it is reported that these impacts will hit poor people and communities of color the hardest. Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. hosts along with co-hosts, Mustafa Santiago Ali and Antonique Smith. Recorded live for radio, the episode opens with current events in the climate movement.

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PRESS RELEASE: Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line

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Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line 

Largest annual commemoration brings together New Orleans community, cultural leaders, and activists, with demands for remembrance, righting wrongs of an unjust recovery, and preventing future disasters

New Orleans, LA – Yesterday New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Hip Hop Caucus, Nuthin’ But Fire Records, Q93 FM, and several other community partners hosted the 13th Annual Hurricane Katrina March and Second Line.

The day’s events began with a healing ceremony next to the breached levee in the Lower Ninth Ward, followed by a march through the streets with hundreds of people which fed into a second line. The second line ended with a rally at Hunter’s Field hosted by Wild Wayne of Q93 and featured remarks and performances by a variety of prominent community and cultural leaders, including Rev Yearwood, Mia X, Sess 4-5, Hustlaz, Roi Anthony, Ms. Tee, Bobby Jean, Shorty World, Dmann, DJ Rabbit and DJ7.

This annual event serves as the largest annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on our communities. Each year this event honors the resiliency of the people, remembers the lives lost, and encourages further support for the communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

“We will never forget Katrina and what it did to our people,” said Sess 4-5, CEO of Nuthin’ But Fire Records, event organizer, leader of Hip Hop Caucus New Orleans, and recording artist and community activist. “We also want to shine a light on the fact that our communities still have not returned to what they were prior to the storm, in terms of access to good schools, public safety, jobs, and housing. We will keep on marching every year to remember those lost, bring our community closer together, and hold our elected leaders accountable so that they can right the wrongs of the past and create a better future for all.”

Participants throughout the day highlighted the ongoing struggle of families to live and thrive in post-Katrina New Orleans. They also called on leaders to do more to better prepare all communities to withstand future natural disasters by investing in smarter infrastructure and addressing climate change.

“The people of New Orleans will not forget those who were lost 13 years ago and it is incredibly powerful to march in the same streets where your relatives died,” said Rev Yearwood, President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus. “This anniversary is also a moment when leaders of our country are taking steps backwards on climate action. Their inaction leaves communities on the frontlines of climate change, like those across the Gulf Coast, more at risk from stronger storms and rising oceans. We stand in solidarity with our communities, Hurricane Katrina showed us these issues are life and death for our people.”

Organizers asked participants, supporters, and leaders to:

  • Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make August 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.
  • Right the wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice so that in the face of disaster, the poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.
  • Say never again: by calling for action on climate change from our world’s leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina and Harvey around the world.


About Hip Hop Caucus: Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org.

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Media@hiphopcaucus.org

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Community and cultural leaders during the healing ceremony where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward – Photo Courtesy of Mia X (IG: @themamamiax)


Rev Yearwood, President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, standing where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward

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Hip Hop Caucus Opposes Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

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Washington D.C. – In advance of the planned hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh next month in the United States Senate, Hip Hop Caucus and dozens of the nation’s leading environmental, legal, and advocacy organizations recently sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing their opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The letter details our opposition to his nomination, including the exert: “At a time when too many communities of color bear a disproportionate impact from toxic wastes, loose emission standards, dangerous petrochemical facilities and pipelines placed in their communities, we need a Supreme Court Justice that will combat environmental racism and fight for environmental justice for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, or income – not someone who will bar the courthouse doors on them.”

Read the full letter here. 

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Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line – Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line

NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY, HIP HOP ARTISTS, AND ACTIVISTS TO COMMEMORATE THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, CALL FOR A LEADERS TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

New Orleans, Louisiana – To remember the lives lost, honor the resiliency of the community, and advocate for the people most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Nuthin’ But Fire Records, Q93, and numerous community partners are hosting the 13th annual Hurricane Katrina March & Second Line this Sunday, August 26, 2018.

As part of the commemorative day, organizers are asking participants and supporters to:

  • Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make August 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.
  • Right the Wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice, so that in the face of disaster, poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.
  • Say “Never Again”: by calling for action on climate change from local, state, federal and world leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria around the world.

The day’s events will begin with a healing ceremony next to the breached levee in the Lower Ninth Ward, followed by a march through the streets which will, in New Orleans tradition, feed into the a very large second line. The second line will end at Hunter’s Field with a rally hosted by Wild Wayne of radio station Q 93.

The event will feature speakers and performers including prominent community and cultural leaders. This event serves as the largest annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on communities who thirteen years later are still recovering.

Photojournalists are welcome to capture this event that acknowledge the somberness of the occasion while celebrating the heart and soul of New Orleans.

WHAT: Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary – March & Second Line

WHEN: Sunday, August 26, 2018 – 10:00 AM EST

WHERE: From Jourdan Avenue & Galvez Street (Lower Ninth Ward) to Hunter Field (between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue) – New Orleans, Louisiana


SCHEDULE:

10:00am-10:30am – Healing Ceremony:

Lower Ninth Ward between North Galvez Street & Jourdan Avenue

A healing ceremony held right against the backdrop of where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward. Community members gather for a multi-faith prayer and a reading of the names of those who died during Hurricane Katrina.

10:30am-12:30pm – March & second line:

The march will transition into a second line to Hunter’s Field. The second line will feature New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band.

12:30pm-4:30pm – Rally:

Hunter’s Field between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue

An afternoon program with speakers and performers, vendors and community organizations, including Rev Yearwood, Mia X, Sess 4-5, Ms. Tee, Dmann, Hustlaz, Bobby Jean, Shorty, DJ7 and DJ Rabbit.


WHO:

Hosts:

  • Wild Wayne – Q93 On-Air DJ and New Orleans native

Second Line:

  • Led by famous New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band

Speakers and Performers:

  • Rev Yearwood, President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Mia X, pioneering rapper and recording artist from New Orleans
  • Sess 4-5, CEO Nuthin But Fire Records, recording artist and prominent community activist
  • Hustlaz
  • Ms. Tee
  • Bobby Jean
  • Shorty World
  • Dmann
  • DJ Rabbit
  • DJ7

WHY: This annual anniversary event will be the second line for the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The full day of activities will demonstrate the resilience of the community and honor the lives lost 13 years ago. The speakers and messages will also highlight the continued struggle of families to navigate post-Katrina New Orleans’ realities because of racial and economic inequities; and it will call on all of us to prevent any future disasters of this magnitude by addressing climate change.


CONTACT:

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Antoniewicz, mark@hiphopcaucus.org, 202-740-1177

FOR MORE INFO ON SECOND LINE: call Sess at 504-342-6977

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th.

About Hip Hop Caucus: Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting undeserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org.

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Hip Hop Caucus Statement on Trump’s Dirty Power Scam

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August 21, 2018

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Hip Hop Caucus Statement: Trump’s Dirty Power Scam

 

Washington, D.C. – Today former coal lobbyist, and Trump’s Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, unveiled a bogus plan to help a few corporate polluters and bury President Obama’s signature domestic climate policy to cut carbon emissions causing climate change, protect the health of our communities and create millions of clean energy jobs. In response to this backwards move, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Justice, & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, and former EPA Senior Associate Administrator, released the following statement:

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“To no surprise, Trump and his corporate puppets running our government are again putting profits over people. Their new “Affordable Clean Energy Plan” is neither affordable nor clean, and nothing more than a dirty and dangerous scam. The plan’s bogus basis and spinning rhetoric was written by fossil fuel industry insiders and climate deniers to fatten the pockets of a few by propping up a dying industry in the short run, while ignoring the immense health benefits and economic opportunities that come with a just transition to the clean energy solutions that exist today. This action is harmful to the health of our kids now and our ability to ensure future generations are able to thrive on the planet.

American people across the country face the dangerous and deadly consequences from the prolonged burning of fossil fuels, including stronger storms, more wildfires, and longer droughts. The Trump Administration continues to simply ignore the health and livelihood of the American people, especially our most vulnerable communities, who face disproportionate impacts at the front lines of exposure to pollution emitted from fossil fuel industry facilities and the extreme weather from climate change. They are also ignoring the incredible public input and due diligence that went into creating the Obama Administration’s bold Clean Power Plan, which aims to create a stronger, healthier, and more prosperous future for all.

Unfortunately the plan released today is just another giveaway to fossil fuel industry executives who are already receiving billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies from the Trump Administration. The vast majority of American people will see see right through this corporate giveaway and empty rhetoric. They know the difference between real solutions that will take us forward, and phony plans that will take us backwards like this.”

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Hip Hop Caucus  (www.hiphopcaucus.org) 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 @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Hip Hop Caucus Statement on Trump’s Dirty Power Scam

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 21, 2018

Contact:
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Hip Hop Caucus Statement: Trump’s Dirty Power Scam

 

Washington, D.C. – Today former coal lobbyist, and Trump’s Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, unveiled a bogus plan to help a few corporate polluters and bury President Obama’s signature domestic climate policy to cut carbon emissions causing climate change, protect the health of our communities and create millions of clean energy jobs. In response to this backwards move, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Justice, & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, and former EPA Senior Associate Administrator, released the following statement:

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“To no surprise, Trump and his corporate puppets running our government are again putting profits over people. Their new “Affordable Clean Energy Plan” is neither affordable nor clean, and nothing more than a dirty and dangerous scam. The plan’s bogus basis and spinning rhetoric was written by fossil fuel industry insiders and climate deniers to fatten the pockets of a few by propping up a dying industry in the short run, while ignoring the immense health benefits and economic opportunities that come with a just transition to the clean energy solutions that exist today. This action is harmful to the health of our kids now and our ability to ensure future generations are able to thrive on the planet.

American people across the country face the dangerous and deadly consequences from the prolonged burning of fossil fuels, including stronger storms, more wildfires, and longer droughts. The Trump Administration continues to simply ignore the health and livelihood of the American people, especially our most vulnerable communities, who face disproportionate impacts at the front lines of exposure to pollution emitted from fossil fuel industry facilities and the extreme weather from climate change. They are also ignoring the incredible public input and due diligence that went into creating the Obama Administration’s bold Clean Power Plan, which aims to create a stronger, healthier, and more prosperous future for all.

Unfortunately the plan released today is just another giveaway to fossil fuel industry executives who are already receiving billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies from the Trump Administration. The vast majority of American people will see see right through this corporate giveaway and empty rhetoric. They know the difference between real solutions that will take us forward, and phony plans that will take us backwards like this.”

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Hip Hop Caucus  (www.hiphopcaucus.org) 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 @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Episode 22: “Artivism” ft. Kendrick Sampson [August 21, 2018]

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Episode 22 features our good friend Kendrick Sampson, star in the brand new season of Insecure on HBO. While he is building an impressive acting career, he is also one of the most “woke” artists in Hollywood. He is both an artist and activist, or what we like to call an “Artivist”. We’re also covering updates on the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit and People’s Climate March for Climate, Jobs, & Justice in San Francisco this September, the Trump Administration’s new “Dirty Power Scam”, and thirteen years after Hurricane Katrina.

THE GUEST: Kendrick Sampson’s artivism is not just online; he’s helping lead the movement for solutions to injustices facing our communities including unjust immigration, policing, and criminal justice systems, lack of access to clean air and water, and disproportionate impacts from climate change. You can find him on the ground in communities, and at rallies and mass mobilizations, standing side by side with real people in the struggle. In 2016, he joined Hip Hop Caucus at 

;Standing Rock to stand in solidarity with the Water Protectors fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his career and activism (@Kendrick38).

All photo rights to HBO

 


Think 100% challenges environmental injustices and shares just solutions to climate change, including a transition to 100% clean energy for all. The show is hosted by national civil and human rights, and environmental and climate leaders, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.Mustafa Santiago Ali, and Grammy-Nominated Singer & Actress, Antonique Smith. Guests include leaders from communities on the front-lines of climate change, elected officials who are boldly leading, and cultural creators and artists who are reaching hearts and minds.

 

Tune in and join the conversation on social media using #Think100 and tag us @Think100Showand @HipHopCaucus.

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S1 Ep 21: Local Solutions for Stronger Communities w/ Nakisa Glover

Today, we are joined by Executive Director of Sol Nation, Nakisa Glover to discuss the perils of climate injustice. Nakisa has built a track record as a community organizer from years of corporate, community and service-based work, including building a fusion movement for climate justice as the National Field Coordinator for the Justice Action Mobilization Network (JAMN). Mustafa Santiago Ali hosts. Recorded live for radio, the episode opens with current events in the climate movement.

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S1 Ep 20: Solutions from Carolina to Cali w/ Aura Vasquez

Today, we are joined by Commissioner of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Aura Vasquez to discuss the perils of climate injustice. Aura is an incredible leader, advocate, and activist for environmental and social justice issues. Antonique Smith hosts.