Socialist green gang hosting boot camp to train budding agitators to push New York State to take pub

Socialist green gang hosting boot camp to train budding agitators to push New York State to take pub


Environmental activists will host a training session for green recruits Saturday as they plot out a renewed push to get Gov Cuomo and state lawmakers to take immediate action on climate change.  Advocates say their mission is to convince the governor and state lawmakers to place a full moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure, implement higher taxes on the rich to pay for Green New Deal proposals and renewable energy, and to make utilities publicly-owned Advertisement  “We’re trying to build a multi-racial movement-driven campaign to really make the state act at the scale of the crisis, which it hasn’t done,” said Gustavo Gordillo, an organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America  Joining the DSA at the Midtown meetup will be representatives from eco-minded groups such as New York Communities for Change, the Sunrise Movement and Food and Water Watch as they lay out their message to roughly 200 volunteers and teach them about civil disobedience actions and other methods they can use to get politicians’ attention  Advocates are calling attention to what they see as shortcomings in the recently-enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which mandates economy-wide pollution cuts over the next couple of decades  The CLCPA seeks to reduce greenhouse gases to 15% of 1990 levels by 2050. It also calls for the state’s electric grid to be run on 70% renewable sources by 2030, and 100% carbon neutral electricity sources by 2040  But the legislation doesn’t provide nearly enough funding to cover the work that needs to be done in the immediate future and it lacks the economic goals and equity found in the Green New Deal, according to advocates  “In order for something to qualify as the Green New Deal it has to focus on equitable investments in our marginalized groups across New York State,” said Miles Goodrich, Sunrise Movement’s New York state director “It really has to meet four requirements: transitioning to 100% renewable as soon as possible, banning all new fossil fuel projects, municipalizing our power supply and taxing the wealthy in order to invest that money back into the community  “The launch we’re hosting tomorrow is to orient our members around this idea and so that we can start to put the heat on Gov Cuomo to make sure that he’s listening,” he added. The groups are calling for a tax hike on the rich ― a suggested 5% increase on income over $500,000 per year — to raise the $10 billion they say is necessary to cut combat pollution, fund investments in mass transit and housing, and create a publicly-owned power grid solely reliant on renewable energy  “We really want to build the power that we need to really recreate and remake many of the sectors of the economy that need it,” Gordillo said “We see that the investor-owned utilities have a stranglehold over our system and their strategy is to delay the transition to renewables and to put the cost burden on the working class ”  The public takeover of the state’s electric network would speed up the transition to renewable energy and maximizing union jobs and employment for low-income and communities of color, Gordillo added

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