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Green Jobs Stakeholder Meeting: July 28, 2017

The first Green Jobs Stakeholder meeting was organized by representatives from five local organizations: Janet Brown from Climate Generation, Elena Foshay from Center for Energy and Environment, Bree Halverson of BlueGreen Alliance, Megan O’Hara from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL), and Jamez Staples of Renewable Energy Partners. With the goal to foster a collective […]

YEA! MN for democratic action!

The Youth Democracy Summit on January 17th was an extremely powerful and motivating experience. It was inspiring to see such a multitude of strong, smart, and driven young organizers all in one place. Going to the small-group panel on sustainable transportation in the 21st century was interesting to me because I was able to gain […]

Embracing the Connection Between Climate Change and Social Justice

In the wake of the grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and the rise of the #blacklivesmatter movement, the Will Steger Foundation joins the chorus of voices calling for systemic change, and a deeper understanding of the connections between racism, oppression, and […]

Youth CAN! a Success

On November 8th, 2014 YEA! MN hosted Youth CAN! a one day conference about the intersections of climate change, environmental justice, social justice, and what we can do about these issues facing us today. The inspiration for Youth CAN!, (Youth Climate Action Now!), came from an idea by YEA! MN steering committee student, Sjournee Cornelius-Quaidoo, […]

A Movement Within our Midst

This June was the last month of my year-long contract working with the WSF on race awareness, equity, and environmental justice education.  My job has been to create spaces for conversations around how our organization can become more open, equitable, and useful to low-income communities and communities of color, and to facilitate/plan workshops on climate […]

Cutting Carbon

President Obama unveiled a new rule to confront climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the nation’s greatest source of the heat-trapping gas. Power generation accounts for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA’s new rule sets overall pollution reduction targets for states and gives them considerable flexibility on how to meet those […]

Examining Equity and Inclusion

Two weeks ago I sat with Anita Patel in her office at the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis. Anita serves as the Vice President for Racial Justice and Public Policy for the YWCA. We were meeting to discuss and plan a workshop or facilitated discussion that she would lead at the end of May for the Will Steger Foundation […]

CEED, KIMBERLY WASSERMAN, VISION, and HOPE

Joe was hired by the Will Steger Foundation to begin to address the question: “What can WSF and YEA! MN do to become more open, available, and useful to people of color and lower-income people?” Traditionally, WSF has been a predominantly white organization and it’s YEA! MN program has drawn in a predominantly white group […]

Climate Change and Racism: Deeply Tangled Roots

Joe was hired by the Will Steger Foundation to begin to address the question: “What can WSF and YEA! MN do to become more open, available, and useful to people of color and lower-income people?” Traditionally, WSF has been a predominantly white organization and it’s YEA! MN program has drawn in a predominantly white group […]