Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green Thoughts: Importance of Green Organizing

Originally posted at

In past posts, we looked at the different ways to gain support from individuals and businesses large and small and how to involve them in the creation of green jobs. The following videos will discuss why support for green energy is critical not only for the environment and our communities but also for businesses, their employees and ultimately the nation's economy. All of the videos included were recorded at a panel held at the 2010 Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, called "Effective Advocacy for Clean Energy Jobs Legislation". The panel is more or less hosted by Repower America as all the panelists were Repower America employees.

In the first video, Benjamin Freed of Repower America explains why his organization specifically focuses on business for support and the benefits that can be gained from them. And then in the two following videos, Alicia Gurdus of Repower America explains Repower America's Field Program's objectives as well as the difficulties are brought up when issue campaigning and how Repower America's objectives

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Repower America's Progressive Steps to a Green Economy

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Following up on last Tuesday's post on Field Organizing in the community, this week were going to go into organizing for clean energy in your local business community.

Green is the word on every businesses' mind. From large international corporations, to small family owned businesses, it is blatantly apparent that the economic world is changing fast and everyone involved needs to be prepared to change with it. Unfortunately, in most cases corporations and businesses are not well informed on how to make the necessary changes; Repower America is working to do just that.

Through efficient campaigning and "field programs" Repower America is informing the public on how to make the right moves. At the 2010 PA Progressive Summit and in the videos below, Repower America not only discussed the daily concerns of many businesses in regards to the evolving economy, but reviewed the proactive steps to gain support from them and why it is essential for the nation’s companies as well as its workers to turn regular jobs into green jobs.

In the following videos, Laura Vendetta discusses the best way to get businesses involved in the Repower America Campaign or your own green energy effort.
In the third video, Ms. Vendetta discusses the various ways to appeal to businesses and how to connect with them whether its through the lowest rung on the ladder, or the owner of the company. And in the final video, Ms. Vendetta covers some of the basic steps in attracting support from businesses.

Check our next Green Thoughts post this Thursday for more clean energy organizing videos.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Pictures, Oklahoma City Bombing After 15 Years

cross-posted from Sum of Change

At 9:01 on April 19th, 1995, it was a typical day in Oklahoma City. By 9:03, the entire side of a building had been demolished in an act of heinous, domestic terrorism. It was premeditated mass-murder by an anti-government, gun-nut, who wanted to see payback after the incident at Waco, Texas.

It just happened that I was driving across the country this weekend. On Friday, I visited the Clinton Library in Little Rock, where I came across an exhibit on the Oklahoma City bombing. It struck me that the anniversary was coming up, the Timothy McVeigh tapes are being released, and I would be driving from Little Rock right through Oklahoma City on my way to Albuquerque. And so, I am able to bring you this picture slideshow on this anniversary.

"May all who leave here know the impact of violence."