COMPACT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
current economy, based on pollution and exclusion, still has many powerul supporters entrenched in Washing-ton and on Wall Street.
No, it will not be easy. But it is necessary, and possible. Once again, the experience of the original New Deal is
Te New Deal was not simply the brainchild of FDR and his allies in Congress. It had the support of a powerful
electoral coalition that included armers, workers, ethnic minorities, students, intellectuals, progressive bankers,and orward-thinking business leaders. We need a similar alliance now—a “Green Growth Alliance.” Te program we are suggesting can attract thatkind o support. It has something or almost everybody—workers, environmentalists, activists, students, peopleo aith, small armers, progressive business and nance leaders, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and scientists. And, yes, people o color.Tis is our best shot to advance a serious racial justice agenda on a national level. A brand new economy isemerging. I we are smart and willing to work, we can make sure our communities’ needs and perspectives arebuilt into this new economy rom the beginning.Most importantly, this could provide the material basis to pull our communities out o the spiral o violence andsuering that has enguled them since deindustrialization began. Te economic crisis, environmental devastationand a dearth o hope or common purpose may be new on the national scene, but they showed up in our neigh-borhoods rst. Tey are still sharpest in our communities. But now we have a chance to change that.Te generations beore us ought to racially integrate the poisonous, pollution-based economy. Te best way tohonor them now and continue their legacy is to make sure that the new, clean and green economy has a place oreveryone rom the beginning.
the ActIon: whAt to do rIght now
Whether you are part o a powerul organization or an interested individual, there are steps you can take to help
forge this Green New Deal.
supp ca e cp.
On September 27, Green For All launched a national campaign to establish a Clean Energy Corps (CEC). A successor to the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration o the 1930s, the CEC wouldbe a combined service, training, and employment eort. Concentrated in cities and neglected communities, it would aim to combat global warming, grow local and regional economies and demonstrate the equity and em-ployment promise o the clean energy economy.Over time, the CEC would seek to develop “green pathways out o poverty” or at least 1 million people.Tis means providing them with the training, work experience, job placement, and other services needed togain amily-supporting jobs within the green economy economy. Te CEC would directly engage millions o Americans in diverse service and volunteer work related to climate protection. And it would create nancingmechanisms that would allow the pooling o public and private capital to cover the up-ront costs that currently pose a signicant barrier to broad-scale retrotting and environmental restoration, and the associated creation o numerous community jobs.
Tis kind of national eort holds the seed of a Green New Deal. You can help plant that seed by signing the “I’m
Ready” petition online at http://www.greenjobsnow.com/hq/ready-petition. I you work with or know o local