As most of you know, this is Earth Week, and Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day. It is no wonder that our country’s scientists picked Earth Day to organize their first ever, March on Washington. The March for Science is a global movement to defend the importance of science based evidence in our health, safety, and environment, and to protest those in our government and society who want to deny the facts. This is a diverse, nonpartisan group, that upholds science for the common good of our society. It is a celebration of science, and the role it plays in all of our lives. It is a march to recognize the importance of science and the need to fund independent research that is not paid for by corporations who would benefit from the outcome. Please consider joining the March For Science in Washington DC, or find a sister march closer to your home. There is no Planet B. Join the #MarchForScience.
No sooner do we come home from that march, just in time to join fellow Long Islanders on Tuesday, April 25th, at the Rally to Protect the EPA. Senator Schumer, as the Senate Minority Leader, must feel the pressure to lead the fight against the cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and refuse to support a budget that cuts EPA’s funding. Food and Water Watch has organized this rally, and both iEat Green and Slow Food North Shore have endorsed it. Please join us next Tuesday, outside the Senator’s office at 145 Pine Lawn Road, Melville, Long Island.
Then… Save the Date, Saturday, April 29th for The March for Climate, Jobs and Justice! In 2014, the first Peoples Climate March took place on the eve of the UN Climate Summit. As leaders from around the world gathered, over 400,000 people from across the country marched down 5th Avenue demanding that the global climate crisis becomes a priority! Now, with our current administration made up of climate change deniers, we must not only protect the gains we made in recent years, but we need to push for our vision of a clean, safe world where the rights of all people are protected, and where initiatives are created to train people in a clean energy economy. Please hop on a bus to Washington, or find a sister march near you!
My guest this week is Nancy Romer, one of the organizers of the March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, with a particular interest in growing the Food and Farm Justice Hub of the March. Nancy is a life long activist, beginning with her work in the Peace Corps in Columbia, and protesting the Viet Nam War. Since then she has continued working for peace and social justice, working in the feminist, anti-racist, public higher education, union, food justice and climate justice movements. She was a professor of psychology for 42 years at Brooklyn College until she retired two years ago. She started the Brooklyn College Community Partnership, which serves over 1500 youth each semester from under-served Brooklyn high schools and middles schools, using the arts as a way of advancing healthy development. She was a founder of the Brooklyn Food Coalition and has worked closely with Brandworkers, a worker organization that organizes workers in the food processing industry in NYC. In addition to building the Food and Farm Justice Hub of the March, Nancy is very involved in working with international organizations to get TIAA, the largest retirement system in the US, to stop investing in land that is grabbed from peasants and deforested. I am proud to call Nancy a friend! She is a real mover and shaker, and has inspired many others to get involved and join the movement. Remember, in order to change everything, we need everybody to get involved!! Won’t you please join us on Thursday, as we discuss the Food and Farm Hub contingent for the People’s Climate March.
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