Archive for January, 2020

Climate Scientist Michael Mann in Australia- a closer look

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re going to take a closer look at what climate scientist Michael Mann has been up to lately …

Dr. Mann is a climatologist and the head of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. His work on the IPCC’s “Third Scientific Assessment Report” on climate change was cited as an important contribution to the IPCC and Al Gore winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. His ‘hockey stick’ graph of increasing Co2 in the atmosphere (coinciding with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution) is a touchstone of controversy among climate change deniers and a ‘smoking gun’ to the other 97% of the people who study it.

As you may be aware, Dr. Mann is in Australia this winter (Australia’s summer), originally to study the impact of ocean warming on the Great Barrier Reef. But the continent-spanning wildfires have unfortunately blazed for weeks, and he’s been frequently asked to comment and explain the impact of climate change (short term and long term) on the Australian people. We’re going to post some links to these stories in case you missed any of them –

 

Such as the podcast he recorded for Mother Jones Magazine about the climate factors that triggered the storm. Or the opinion piece he wrote for The Guardian that NPR’s “Science Friday” later picked up. He raised eyebrows when he called out Rupert Murdock’s media corporations for ignoring climate change, a story picked up by Australia’s ABC network. And he was interviewed on Bloomberg TV about the Australia government’s failure to enact policies to combat climate change.

 

Dr. Mann will be returning to the States this summer, and plans for his North American speaking tour are underway, where he will provide an expert’s up-close testimony to the unfolding environmental crisis we face.

 

Let us know if you’d like to bring Michael Mann to speak to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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Inequality scholar Chuck Collins – a closer look

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty”. This week, we’re going to take a closer look at philanthropist/inequality scholar Chuck Collins!

 

 

He is a storyteller and organizer known for his efforts to bridge the national debate about wealth inequality and taxes as well; examining how to build community resilience and make a healthy transition to a sustainable new economy.

 

Chuck was, as he would be the first to tell you, born with the figurative silver spoon in his mouth. Or, to quote the title of one of his books, “Born on Third Base”. But growing up, he quickly learned he hadn’t hit a triple!

 

The great-grandson of Oscar Mayer (yes, that Oscar Mayer) grew up in privilege in suburban Detroit and attended the prestigious Cranbrook School. The 1967 riots in Detroit made young Chuck aware of inequality – racial, economic, etc. As an adolescent, he raised money for guide dogs, got involved in the first Earth Day in 1970, and began trying to make a difference in the world around him.

At 26, Chuck did more than talk the talk – he walked the walk, giving away his inheritance to charity.  When his conservative father asked him if he was a Marxist, Chuck replied that he’d rather be though of as a “Gandhian or Christian”.

 

Chuck has worked at the Institute for Community Economics, co-founded United for a Fair Economy, and is currently a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies.

He is co-author of several books, including, with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, and with Mary Wright, The Moral Measure of the Economy.  His most recent book is 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.

 

 

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Stockton Mayor Micheal Tubbs- a closer look

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is Wednesday this week, and will be nationally observed next Monday.

 

Dr. King once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ We’re going to take a closer look at Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, a man for whom this question is the motivation for his own public service.

 

Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected in 2012 as the youngest city council member in Stockton’s history, earning more than 60 percent of the citywide vote; and in 2016 became the youngest mayor in city history, and the youngest mayor of a major American city!

 

 Mayor Tubbs most radical and far-reaching project has been to establish the first Universal Basic Income program in the US. You can read more about it here.  Funded entirely by foundation grant money (no tax money involved), 130 Stockton residents will receive $500 a month to cover their basic expenses.

 

He has spearheaded the creation of “Save Our Stockton “, a group for youth and by youth that lobbies and calls for change on pertinent youth issues in Stockton, CA, and has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund on their California Campaign to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.

 

A first-generation student at Stanford University, Mayor Tubbs was selected as the Founder’s Day Speaker, out of 6,000 undergraduate students – and the first freshman in the 117-year history of the university – to do so. During his time at Stanford he has also co-founded the task-force to end racial profiling in Palo Alto.

His awards and accolades include: Fortune Magazines “40 under 40” annual ranking of the most influential young people in business; “Top 4 Power Player Under 40” by Black Enterprise Magazine, “Top 25 under 25” by The Root, Reader Digest‘s50 Things to Love About America“, Martin Luther King Youth of the Year, California Youth Ambassador, captain of the inaugural NAACP National Great Debate Champions.

 

Let us know if you’d like to bring Mayor Tubbs to your organization, campus, or conference!

 

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Labor Activist/Author Jane McAlevey – A closer look

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Happy Wednesday, and Happy New Year! We’re starting 2020 by introducing to you our newest speaker, labor organizer and activist Jane McAlevey!

 

Jane McAlevey has spent most of her life as an organizer and negotiator. She’s fourth generation union, raised in an activist-union household. She spent the first half of her organizing life working in the community organizing and environmental justice movements and the second half in the union movement. She has led power structure analyses and strategic planning trainings for a wide range of union and community organizations and has had extensive involvement in globalization and global environmental issues.

 

Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. The book chronicles her years organizing with unions, which included her serving as Executive Director and Chief Negotiator for a union local, as National Deputy Director for Strategic Campaigns of the Healthcare Division for SEIU, and she was the Campaign Director of the one of the only successful multi-union, multi-year, geographic organizing campaigns for the national AFL-CIO.

 

 

Her second book, No Shortcuts, Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age was published by Oxford University Press. The book is the subject of numerous reviews and is generating considerable debate in and outside the labor movement in the USA and internationally.

 

 

Her newest book, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy has been described thus by Publisher’s Weekly: “Labor activist McAlevey delivers a persuasive argument that the power of ‘strong, democratic’ trade unions can fix many of America’s social problems in this timely cri de coeur. . .  She offers a useful primer on how labor organizing works, and effectively refutes common assumptions about unions. . .  McAlevey’s . . .  humor and contagious confidence in the efficacy of organized labor give this succinct volume an outsize impact.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Please contact us if you’d like more information on bringing Jane to speak to your organization, conference, or institution!

 

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