Monday, August 05, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! GREEN NEW DEAL CONVO COMING SOON TO KANSAS CITY!!!
From our progressive friends, here's a bit of star power soon to debut in this cowtown in order to help support a controversial plan that has evoked both skepticism and hope.
Also, for those who haven't seen it yet, Green New Deal conflict among the Democratic Party inspired one of the funniest SNL sketches this year that was tragically cut for time but still worth recycling.
Locally, here a TKC EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK about saving the planet for those who survive the mass shootings in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Andrés Bernal, an advisor to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Kansas City Sierra Club Leader Kevin Grooms to join Sunrise Movement and host a conversation about a Green New Deal for Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri -- After over 250 people turned out for a Green New Deal town hall last April, the Sierra Club's Thomas Hart Benton group of Northwest Missouri and the Sunrise Movement are returning to Unity Temple on August 11th to continue a conversation about the Green New Deal. Presenters will share how the 10-year mobilization to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs would improve the lives of people in Kansas City. Sierra Club Leader Kevin Grooms will join Andrés Bernal, an advisor to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and economics expert behind the Green New Deal, to highlight the urgent need to create an equitable climate policy to avoid the worst effects of climate change, emphasizing the unique potential for our region. As 2020 Presidential candidates debate a national climate policy, Kansas City residents have the opportunity to learn what a Green New Deal will look like for their city.
Andrés Bernal: An advisor to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY 14), who sponsored the Green New Deal resolution in the House of Representatives. Mr. Bernal is responsible for the incorporation of the Green New Deal’s Federal Jobs Guarantee policy. He is a Lecturer of Urban Studies at CUNY Queens College; a Doctoral student at The New School for Public Engagement, Division of Policy Management and Environment; and a current Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Economics. He is also a leading voice on Modern Monetary Theory and the Outreach Director for the Modern Money Network. Mr. Bernal will share what a jobs guarantee and a Green New Deal could do to fight the climate crisis and how it will improve the Kansas City economy for its residents.
Kevin Grooms: Executive Board Chair of the Thomas Hart Benton Group, representing over 2,000 members of the Sierra Club in Kansas City and Northwest Missouri. A lifelong Missourian and passionate voice for environmental and democratic reform, he is also a volunteer activist for local economic justice organizations.
WHAT: A conversation featuring an advisor to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez discussing the promise of the Green New Deal for Kansas City. The Green New Deal is a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, guarantee a living-wage job for anyone who needs one, and facilitate a just transition for both workers and frontline communities.
WHEN: August 11, 2019 from 2PM-4PM
WHERE: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112
WHO: Sunrise Movement, The Sierra Club
WHY: In 2018, young people put the Green New Deal on the national agenda and permanently changed the conversation on climate policy in this country. Since then, the movement backing the Green New Deal has exploded and is shaping up to be a top issue in the 2020 elections. 104 members of Congress have co-sponsored Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution, and polls show that the Green New Deal is broadly supported among voters of both parties. Sunrise has added more than 150 new local chapters since November, is growing every day, and recently led a rally before the Democratic Debate National debates in Detroit to push for a Green New Deal.
You decide . . .