FORUM: Days After East River Oil Spill, New Yorkers To Hold Town-Hall Event with City Officials on Climate, Jobs and Justice

FORUM: Days After East River Oil Spill, New Yorkers To Hold Town-Hall Event with City Officials on Climate, Jobs and Justice

Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate James invited to take questions from city residents on climate positions

What’s happening? Hundreds of New Yorkers will meet town-hall style to hear from and ask questions of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer (invited) on climate, jobs and justice issues. The forum will mobilize New Yorkers who joined 200,000 protesters at the Peoples Climate March in DC two weeks ago to intensify the call for local action on climate change.

With the Trump administration rolling back hard-won protections of people and our planet, our communities know real change will happen locally. New York City should be a global leader by ending pension fund investments into fossil fuels; transforming the privatized commercial sanitation industry to ensure environmental justice and good jobs; and creating many thousands of good jobs by requiring all buildings meet modern energy efficiency standards that would slash climate emissions. The choices New York’s elected officials make now could determine the path of the rest of the world. The world is watching.

Where & when? Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:30-8:00pm ET at the NY Ethical Culture Society Concert Hall, 2 W 64th St, New York, NY

What can you expect to see? Hundreds of community members will escalate the calls for  elected officials to take action on the top Climate, Jobs and Justice issues. With the federal government effectively controlled by the oil, gas, and coal industry, activists expect New York City leaders to take bold policy action commensurate with the scale of the crisis of climate change and inequality.

Who is available to talk?

  • New Yorkers still bearing the impacts of Superstorm Sandy

  • Union members from Teamsters, IBEW 3, Laborers Local 79, Painters DC9, and more

  • Organizers with the Peoples Climate March NY

  • Environmental & Climate Justice community groups

  • Community organizers across the #DivestNY, Climate Works for All, and Transform Don’t Trash coalitions

  • The event will include simultaneous translation to Spanish

This public forum is co-organized by the Peoples Climate March – NY, 350.org, 350NYC, ALIGN-NY, Bronx Climate Justice North, CUNY University Student Senate, Faith in New York, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, Green Education and Legal Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Communities for Change, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Sane Energy Project, Transform Don’t Trash NYC, United for Action, VOCAL-NY, WeACT for Environmental Justice and the Working Families Party.

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