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  • Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Metro Justice in Rochester, NY

    Pride Preparation for Rochester for Energy Democracy

      

    Welcome to Rochester for Energy Democracy (R.E.D.)!

    This year at Pride, Metro Justice will be marching with our RED Campaign as the Public Power Rangers to "take the power back!" 

    Join us for an evening at the Metro Justice Community Room to begin making our banner, signs, costumes, and do other preparations for a vibrant and inspiring contingent. Please RSVP below! We welcome folks bringing snacks and drinks to share. 

    For some background on RED: For-profit, investor-owned utilities like RG&E keep raising our rates, only to neglect maintenance of the grid and expand fossil fuel infrastructure. On top of that, oil and gas continue to lobby against a fast and massive transition to renewable energy. As a result, we all pay more than we should in energy bills while the continued use of fossil fuels pushes us towards catastrophic environmental damage. 

    In R.E.D., we believe that in order to combat the climate crisis and ensure environmental justice in the long-term, we must fundamentally transform our energy economy. We need to build an energy system that meets the needs of communities instead of meeting the greed of distant investors and CEOs. We also need a shift to energy that is 100% clean and renewable. We believe this is possible if we takeover RG&E with a public, local, and community controlled utility. This will give communities a say in what kind of energy we use, whom we get it from, and how the money we pay is used to benefit our community. Furthermore, everyone could only pay what is necessary to develop and maintain energy infrastructure, taking millions in profits for investors and CEOs out of the picture. We can also make sure that all jobs associated with the utility are local union jobs that pay family-sustaining wages with benefits. 

     

    Directions to Metro Justice:

    - Our address is 1115 East Main Street, the Hungerford Building on the corner of East Main Street and North Goodman Street.

    - Go to door #7. Use the intercom to the left of the door to dial "207", then push the "bell" button to call up to our office. We'll buzz you in.

    - Go to the second floor, then all the way down the hall in front of you; our office is to your left, suite 207A. 

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, NY

    Organizing Meeting: Rochester for Energy Democracy

      

    Welcome to Rochester for Energy Democracy (R.E.D.)!

    For this RED Campaign meeting, we will continue preparations to march in the Rochester Pride Parade, including painting our banner! We will also discuss our plan to fight rate hikes proposed by RG&E in the most recent rate case, as well as other opportunities to continue growing our movement to takeover RG&E with a public, local, and community-controlled utility. 

    We will be gathering at Genesee Valley Park; the specfiic shelter will be provided soon. Please RSVP below! We welcome folks bringing snacks and drinks to share if you would like to do so. 

    For some background on RED: For-profit, investor-owned utilities like RG&E keep raising our rates, only to neglect maintenance of the grid and expand fossil fuel infrastructure. On top of that, oil and gas continue to lobby against a fast and massive transition to renewable energy. As a result, we all pay more than we should in energy bills while the continued use of fossil fuels pushes us towards catastrophic environmental damage. 

    In R.E.D., we believe that in order to combat the climate crisis and ensure environmental justice in the long-term, we must fundamentally transform our energy economy. We need to build an energy system that meets the needs of communities instead of meeting the greed of distant investors and CEOs. We also need a shift to energy that is 100% clean and renewable. We believe this is possible if we takeover RG&E with a public, local, and community controlled utility. This will give communities a say in what kind of energy we use, whom we get it from, and how the money we pay is used to benefit our community. Furthermore, everyone could only pay what is necessary to develop and maintain energy infrastructure, taking millions in profits for investors and CEOs out of the picture. We can also make sure that all jobs associated with the utility are local union jobs that pay family-sustaining wages with benefits. 

    A community-driven energy system needs the involvement of people in our community to succeed. To join us at our next meeting, please RSVP below! If this will be your first time attending a R.E.D. Organizing Meeting, our Lead Organizer, Mohini, will follow-up with you to meet 1-on-1 sometime before the upcoming meeting. Before you attend your first meeting, we would like to learn more about why this is important to you, bring you up to speed on our campaign so far, and answer any questions you have!

     

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Take Pride in People, Not Profits! March with Metro Justice at the Rochester Pride Parade!

    March with Metro Justice at the Rochester Pride Parade! This year, we'll be marching with our Rochester for Energy Democracy (RED) and Rochester for NY Health Campaigns. 

    Our RED Campaign is a grassroots movement to takeover RG&E and turn it into a public, community-controlled utility that is affordable, accountable to ratepayers, invests ratepayer dollars locally, and makes a rapid and equitable transition to green energy. Rochester for NY Health is the local chapter of the Campaign for NY Health: a statewide coalition fighting to win the NY Health Act for public, universal, and affordable healthcare for all New Yorkers. 

    Debt on expensive utility bills is a leading cause of homelessness that also exacerbates homelessness in the queer community. Skyrocketing healthcare costs also prevent queer people from accessing healthcare that is critical to their mental and physical wellbeing. 

    Join us to celebrate our LGBTQUIA+ community, and continue the fight for liberation by taking our energy and healthcare back from predatory and parasitic profiteers! 

    We'll line up for the Pride Parade at 12 PM, on Park Avenue & Alexander Street. Stay tuned for a specific line up # so that you know exactly where to find us.

    Let's take the power back! 

    RSVP below! 


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