Resolution 2020.06.01: Establish Philly Green Schools Campaign

Authors: Green New Deal Strategy Committee

Whereas, climate change and other environmental challenges represent a major threat to the well-being of working class people around the world; and

Whereas, the Green New Deal, as described in the resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey in H.Res. 109 and S.Res. 59, aligns the need to address climate change while creating jobs for workers and democratizing control over energy systems; and

Whereas, Philadelphia’s schools are plagued by long-term underinvestment that results in teachers and students being exposed to harmful asbestos, lead, and other toxic materials; and

Whereas, the $1 billion earmarked by the state of Pennsylvania to invest in school renovation is threatened by austerity measures; and

Whereas, the renovation of schools has been prioritized by a number of Philadelphia DSA aligned groups, politicians, and candidates, including: the Caucus of Working Educators, Councilmembers Helen Gym and Kendra Brooks, State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler, and candidates Nikil Saval and Rick Krajewski; and

Whereas, Philadelphia DSA labor branch and Policy Committee are also working for Green Schools; and

Whereas, the chapter’s temporary Green New Deal Strategy Committee evaluated several possible Philadelphia DSA campaigns and has prioritized the need for a Philly Green Schools campaign; and

Therefore be it resolved, that Philadelphia DSA create a Philly Green Schools campaign with the objectives and strategy outlined in the appended campaign proposal; and

Be it further resolved, that where feasible Philadelphia DSA Steering Committee mobilize members to pressure local and state legislators for Green Schools.

See Appendix C: Philly Green Schools Campaign Proposal

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