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Climate Justice + Workers' Rights Strategy Session 12/8/22



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Low-income neighborhoods with mostly Black and brown residents are disproportionately affected by corporate and political decisions to sell out the community and the environment. The organizations featured in our conversation are flipping systemic and historic power imbalances – centering the experiences of frontline workers of color, equipping them to transform their workplaces and communities, and embedding principles of economic and racial justice that holistically respond to the question of sustainable communities. By going directly to those on the ground, and creating unusual partnerships between employers, unions, advocates, and civic leaders in diverse communities, these innovative projects bring relief to the essential workers who are the foundation of a strong economy and provide the Beltway with a model for how to get things done.

Tom Perriello, Open Society Foundations Executive Director, moderates a panel conversation that highlights key players in this work:

Immigrant worker leaders who are part of the Service Employees International Union Education & Support Fund (ESF), highlighted how they are transforming their workplaces towards greater sustainability and becoming climate policy advocates in their communities. ESF is an independent 501c3 creating employer-union partnerships in numerous sectors and centering workers’ leadership development.

Disaster restoration workers – who are overwhelmingly workers of color – organized by Resilience Force, the subject of a blockbuster profile in the New Yorker, will present on their efforts to reinvent the ways that communities, workers and employers are responding to climate disasters.
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