On September 21st, hundreds of people packed the Oakland City Hall to oppose developer Phil Tagami’s proposal to build a coal export terminal in Oakland. Among them were dozens of union members whose locals were opposing coal as anti-union, a major source of carbon emissions, and a risk to public health in working class neighborhoods through which coal trains would pass and deposit toxic coal dust. One of those union members was Al Marshall, SEIU 1021 City of Oakland Chapter President, who told the council that coal dust would only exacerbate his son’s asthma. We later interviewed Al. Here’s his story.
Last Friday, KPFA 94.1FM’s Terra Verde radio show featured Climate Workers’ Brooke Anderson talking about building a grassroots labor movement for climate justice. Listen to the show here.
YES! Magazine‘s article on intersectional movement building, “Get Intersectional!” featured Climate Workers’ Brooke Anderson: “[Brooke] also emphasizes that intersectionality isn’t something that you can slap onto the surface of a particular campaign. ‘At worst, it’s symbolic and it’s transactional,’ Anderson says—as in, “we’ll come out to your thing and you come out to our thing.’ Solidarity is […]
Conservative proponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline say that it would create thousands of new jobs. But in a project fueling so many environmental and community concerns, what types of jobs would it really create? Meet TJ Thompson, Keystone XL’s #1 job recruiter. TJ is a slick-talking, no-nonsense salesman who can turn the ugliest oil […]
On December 15th, 2013, two dozen volunteers from UNITE HERE 2850, Planting Justice, and Movement Generation gathered at the North Richmond home of union member and Casino San Pablo worker leader, Isidoro Saravia Ramos. After a full day’s work, we transformed an abandoned lot into a beautiful fruit and vegetable garden that will feed Isidoro’s family and other workers […]
Today, 60+ climate justice organizations wrote an open letter to the AFL-CIO calling on the federation to join them in a shared struggle for a just transition toward a new economy.
The Nation Magazine writes about the Labor Contingent for Climate Justice, saying: “A coalition of more than thirty unions and worker advocacy groups turned up at the gates of the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, to protest climate change. They joined a crowd of more than 2,500 people to rally for green jobs and a […]
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy has an excellent piece up on our Labor Contingent for Climate Justice, entitled “California: Calling for climate protection and clean energy, 30 unions join 3,000 protestors at Chevron refinery; 210 arrested.”
Photos from the Labor Contingent for Climate Justice are now available online here.
On August 3rd, in one of the largest climate justice protests in recent history, thousands of people will come together in a momentous West Coast mass action – “We Can Stop Climate Chaos” – to stand with the people of Richmond who are on the frontlines of our common fight for the health and safety […]