Consider it …. a city-wide public works project to install solar panels on all available rooftop space on BCPSS school buildings.
It will produce much-needed clean energy, reduce electricity expenses for the school system, create “green” jobs in the Baltimore metropolitan area, and increase demand for solar manufacturing. Baltimore could be recognized, worldwide, as a leader in clean energy technology. This will lead to more investment in clean technologies, and will open up exciting possibilities for our youth.
Investments in solar provide schools with a number of benefits. Solar presents teachers with a number of educational opportunities in STEM subjects. How wonderful for our students to be able to learn about clean energy technology, and get direct experience with it. We may be setting them up to become leaders in these emerging industries. In addition, solar provides facilities managers with a long-term hedge against increases in utility rates. District administrators will recognize the ability of solar power to deliver cost-savings to the district.
Baltimore Greens are working with experts to develop this proposal and drive it forward.
It's FEASIBLE and it's SENSIBLE, and it aligns well with our core values and our commitment to racial, economic and environmental justice.
Be a part of it!
WE need Green Party members, locally and nationally, to join this initiative. Come to the TABLE with your expertise, your connections to the environmental/clean technology movement, and your passion for positive change. Discussions and planning/strategy meetings are ongoing.
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The Baltimore City Green Party (BGP) reached full positive consensus at its Monthly General Meeting on July 29, 2017 to issue a statement affirming the centrality of the struggle for Trans Justice in the larger struggle to realize a better Baltimore. While oppression of trans folks has been ongoing in our city, the attack on and resistance of this community is particularly acute now. So, BGP is raising its voice and the voices of its membership:
Douglass Homes Residents Denied Basic Rights; Demand Tenant’s Council Election and Repeal of Rules that Create Unbearable Living Conditions
Baltimore, MD – The residents of Douglass Homes were denied their right to a Tenant’s Council election last December. Although residents volunteered to run, the Baltimore City Housing Authority found all of them to not be “in good standing.” When requests were made to see bylaws that defined what it means to be in good standing, none were produced. The Housing Authority proceeded to appoint a Tenant Council president who does not represent the will of the tenants.
We denounce president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as this decision was based on the utter lie that climate change is not real.
Sadly, President Trump’s actions are consistent with actions taken by US presidents to undermine meaningful international climate agreements since the 1990s. President Clinton and Vice President Gore undermined the Kyoto Accords by pushing a false market-based solution that would have continued climate pollution. President Obama and Secretary Clinton undermined Copenhagen by preventing enforceable climate gas reductions, even though China and other nations wanted enforceable standards and President Obama and Secretary Kerry did the same thing in Paris. Both parties are guilty of serving the interests of the carbon polluters by putting their profits ahead of the needs of the people and planet.
In Case You Missed It...
The Maryland Green Party Annual Assembly was a great success, bringing together members of our Party from the far reaches of the state to join together, learn from each other, and make plans for the future.
In the morning session, the state Party elected new leaders: co-chairs Virginia Rodino and Ian Schlakman, treasurer Joan Pontius, membership coordinator Bill Barry, and secretary Mark McCulloch. Margaret Flowers and Tim Willard were elected as Maryland delegates to the Green Party USA National Committee, while Ryan Sullivan and Hunt Hobbs were elected as alternate delegates.
Kevin Zeese announced he is strongly considering seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor of Maryland in 2018. In advance of a final decision, he would like to see if he can build a strong team to support him in what will be an intense and challenging campaign, so if you are interested in assisting, please contact us.
In the afternoon session, we had a series of panels and speakers educating our party members on important strategies and issues. Keep an eye out on Baltimore/Maryland Green Party media sources as video of those talks will be appearing in the near future. Annie Chambers spoke about her successful campaign for Resident Advisory Board where she overcame corruption and obstruction from the downtown political machine to become Baltimore's first elected Green official. A panel discussed canvassing tactics and techniques, and how we should take different approaches to "activating" our fellow Greens and reaching out to new voters. Kevin Zeese spoke on the importance of the campaign for single-payer healthcare, and what we can do at the state level to advance the cause. Glen Ross gave a harrowing presentation on the legacy of environmental racism in Baltimore, and the way that a closed, anti-democratic political apparatus conspires to allow the decay of neighborhoods in advance of development for corporate and institutional proft. Finally, a panel of Andy Ellis, Margaret Flowers, Joshua Harris, and Annie Chambers spoke on four different aspects of building Green Party power, how to expand the reach and depth of our message, and above all why our work is necessary.
In Case You Missed It...
This week Baltimore City Green Party members Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese used their radio program to discuss Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, with historian Ana Edwards and activist Glen Ford. Click here to listen.
At BGP's general meeting on June 14th we elected a new Steering Committee. The members are co-chairs Andy Ellis and Annie Chambers, treasurer Connor Meek, membership coordinator Ty Alston, and organizer Hunt Hobbs. Additional spots on the committee remain open to nominations and approval by the party membership so please let us know if you are interested.