Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with a Discussion about How Unions and Environmental Justice Activists Can Work Together…
Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors’ Center
221 Appleton St., Holyoke
(Behind the Merry-Go-Round—you can park in the Merry-Go-Round parking lot)
From the Keystone XL Pipeline to the Mount Tom Coal-Fired Power Plant in Holyoke:
Why Don’t We Get it Together to Demand Good, Union Jobs and a Healthy Future?
Jane McAlevey has spent two decades as an organizer in the labor and environmental justice movements. She is also an accomplished scholar and author. Last year, Jane’s article “Unions and Environmentalists: Get it Together!” was in the Earth Day edition of the Nation Magazine. Jane urges environmentalists and union leaders to resist divide-and-conquer strategies used by the corporate right, and to join forces for a just and sustainable future.
Jeremy Brecher is co-founder of Labor Network for Sustainability and author of more than a dozen books on labor and social movements, including Strike! and his latest book, Save the Humans?: Common Preservation in Action. He recently co-authored a manual called “Jobs Beyond Coal,” which has provided guidance to Holyoke organizers campaigning for a just transition from coal.
Virgenmina Perez is a Neighbor to Neighbor leader and Holyoke resident dedicated to the local campaign to retire the Mount Tom Power Station and hold the plant’s owner, GDF Suez, accountable. Virgenmina’s work is inspired by her father, who led a grassroots campaign against a polluting industry in her birthplace of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico.
For more information, call Lara Shepard-Blue at 413-896-3015.
Spanish interpretation provided.