Today in the early morning light, I headed over to a small interfaith breakfast with Bernie Sanders. Electoral politics is not where I focus my political energy, but I’ve been inspired by the crowds of people standing up against corporate greed and for human dignity. This morning was no different, by the time Senator Sanders entered the room we were all on our feet.
Okay, I'll admit it... I didn't wake up in the best mood today, certainly not my springiest, energized or most extroverted self. But I grabbed my green EQAT-emblazoned t-shirt that was strewn across my dresser and I greeted a minivan full of fellow Earth Quakers anyway. And I'm so glad I did!
“Give people in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods a reason to say yes!” said community organizer John Bowie at yesterday's Teach-in. The moving lessons focused on the role of hope in surviving deep poverty, and the pressing need for opportunities.
Today's teach-in action was full and fast-paced. Here are a few highlights from the day...
Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) a multi-faith network of 60 congregations has come to the POWER LOCAL GREEN JOBS campaign, joining with a commitment to the long-term vision of local solar jobs. Our voices are multiplied many times by this large community deeply active for economic justice.
On March 2, more than 30 members of EQAT inspected the PECO headquarters on Market Street in Philadelphia. In this building- and nowhere else- executives will decide to create solar jobs in North Philadelphia, or not.
On Wednesday, seven Earth Quakers met at 30th street ready to deliver a direct statement to PECO and launch our spring strategy arc. Our task was to deliver EQAT’s ultimatum:
Here we go again. Another storm smashes into Philadelphia. Thousands lost power. PECO workers moved fast to repair downed lines. We hope and pray that everyone is safe.
What would it look like if PECO didn’t just go all-in to fix up the city after major storms? What if PECO instead invested year-round in our city, helping to create well-paying green jobs and build wealth in Philly neighborhoods, like North Philly, that have seen blight and unemployment?
For the second time in as many weeks, I joined EQAT in visiting PECO's headquarters. With the year coming to a close, we couldn't help but fit in one more action to wish PECO a happy holidays!
As government representatives negotiate with each other in Paris today, 28 Earth Quakers were back at PECO's headquarters today (the 5th time in three months) to tell them they need to scale up their efforts in a big way.