Resolution 2019.06.00: Establish A Temporary Green New Deal Strategy Committee

Authors: Matt L, Jason L, Alex N, Mary M, David M
Co-Sponsors: David S, Ben S, Bill S, Pearl M, Eric M, Melissa N

Whereas, our current rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an existential threat to humanity; and

Whereas, GHG emission rates must go negative this century to guarantee a liveable climate; and

Whereas, the transition to a zero-emissions economy, let alone a negative-emissions economy, is progressing at an inadequate pace because of the political clout of fossil fuel incumbents; and

Whereas, the monumental task of transitioning to a negative-emissions economy now requires a massive green jobs program that could employ millions of Americans; and

Whereas, the untapped power of organized labor is needed to win such a program; and

Whereas, a green jobs program that ensured a tighter labor market and transferred massive amounts of wealth from capitalists to workers would strengthen organized labor;

Therefore be it resolved, that Philadelphia DSA create a temporary committee to write a strategy document to guide campaign work around a local Green New Deal policy that prioritizes green jobs and working in coalition with organized labor; and

Be it further resolved, that the committee shall submit the strategy document for approval by Philly DSA’s general membership by the last General Meeting of 2019; and

Be it further resolved, that the strategy document’s recommendations emphasize how Green New Deal campaign work can be undertaken by the chapter’s existing committees; and

Be it further resolved, that the committee’s strategy document outline canvassing, legislative pressure, policy advocacy and other tactics for Philly DSA to utilize in advancing the Green New Deal in the Philadelphia area; and

Be it finally resolved, that the committee consist of Matt L (Chair), Jason L, David M, and Mary M, plus up to three additional members to be appointed by the co-Chairs of the  chapter, in consultation with the chair of the committee, before the first meeting.

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