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  • Wednesday, August 05, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    Metro Justice in Rochester, NY

    Organizing Meeting: Energy Democracy & Climate Action

    Welcome to Metro Justice's newest campaign: Rochester for Energy Democracy (R.E.D.)!

    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 create a community owned and operated energy economy. The first steps towards this vision is organizing our neighborhoods for community-owned solar and replacing RG&E with a public utility. 

    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!

     

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Metro Justice in Rochester, NY

    Organizing Meeting: Energy Democracy & Climate Action

    Welcome to Metro Justice's newest campaign: Rochester for Energy Democracy (R.E.D.)!

    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 create a community owned and operated energy economy. The first steps towards this vision is organizing our neighborhoods for community-owned solar and replacing RG&E with a public utility. 

    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!

     

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Metro Justice in Rochester, NY

    Monthly organizing potluck for health care!

     

    Metro Justice is a founding member of the Campaign for New York Health: a statewide movement to pass the New York Health Act so that we have universal, public health care in New York State. No more premiums; no more co-pays; no more deductibles. Health care is a human right. 

    Our local chapter, Rochester for NY Health, is gaining the kind of people power that we will need to win health care for all in New York in 2020! Come be a part of the movement and share a meal with other health care advocates at our monthly organizing potluck! 

    RSVP below! 

  • Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD · 10 rsvps
    Zoom: Login information will be sent ticket holders email before the event.

    Metro Justice Annual Dinner! Online edition for 2020.

    Metro Justice Council & Staff at the 2019 Annual Dinner

    You are cordially invited to Metro Justice's 2020 Annual Dinner! For decades, the Annual Dinner has been one of our biggest and most beloved event of the year: a celebration of the work done so far, a time to inspire for the work yet to come, and an opportunity to bring together the local progressive community. It’s also a critical fundraiser that keeps us independent and truly grassroots. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to host the Annual Dinner as usual back in May. Fortunately, due to the diligent and creative efforts of our Membership & Fundraising committee, we will be hosting a virtual event instead!

    While the pandemic keeps us physically apart for our safety, we can still come together remotely to build community and celebrate resistance. We are honored to announce that this year's Keynote Speaker will be Steve Williams from LeftRoots! His article, "DEMAND EVERYTHING: Lessons of the Transformative Organizing Model" was foundational for Metro Justice's Strategic Plan, and his work in transformative organizing continues to inspire and influence Metro Justice's work today! 

    Please scroll to the bottom of this page for all ticket and sponsorship information. We hope you join us! 

    Keynote Speaker - Steve Williams, LeftRoots 

    Steve Williams Speaking at Chomsky Event

    Steve Williams is an organizer, educator and liberation-seeker. Steve currently works on the staff of LeftRoots, a national organization dedicated to increasing social movement leftists’ individual and collective capacity to formulate, evaluate and carry out a strategy to build twenty-first century socialism. He cut his teeth as an organizer with the Philadelphia Union of the Homeless and the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness in the early 1990s. Trips to South Africa and Cuba during that period forged Steve’s commitment to connecting day-to-day work to a larger vision of justice.

    From 1997 to 2012, Steve served as Executive Director of POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights), a community-based organization of low-income and working-class tenants, transit riders and workers— an organization he co-founded. In 2013, Steve teamed up with NTanya Lee to interview more than 150 organizers and activists across the country as a part of the Ear to the Ground project.


    In addition to his professional organizing experiences, Steve has been an active volunteer in various local, national and international social movements through his involvement with the World Social Forum process, Grassroots Global Justice, Left Wing Football Club and Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). 

    Steve lives in San Francisco with his partner and their 10-year old son who’s named after the African Marxist, Amílcar Cabral.  Link to LeftRoots

    If you would like your Metro Justice Virtual Annual Dinner to be more than virtual, here’s a link to a list of Black-owned and women-owned locally-owned restaurants you can contact.

     

    Program: Virtual Annual Dinner 2020

    7:00 Live stream begins

    Streaming music audio and photos from past Annual Dinners courtesy of Annette Dragon.

    7:05 Welcome and Introduction -- Mohini Sharma, Lead Organizer

    Short multimedia presentations of Metro Justice campaign activities, key victories, and recognition of major sponsors

    7:25 Introduction of Keynote Speaker

    7:30 Keynote Speaker: Steve Williams, LeftRoots.net

    Guest Speaker: Steve Williams from LeftRoots. He is an experienced social movement organizer and dynamic speaker in San Francisco. He will help inspire us in our actions in this unprecedented year.

    8:00 Closing Remarks and Final Appeal

    8:10 Music by Hanna P K

    Hanna P K. will perform two songs to end the evening. She plays and sings a wide variety of the blues & swing, old school folk and boogie-woogie.

    8:20 Good bye

  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Metro Justice in Rochester, NY

    Organizing Meeting: Energy Democracy & Climate Action

    Welcome to Metro Justice's newest campaign: Rochester for Energy Democracy (R.E.D.)!

    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 create a community owned and operated energy economy. The first steps towards this vision is organizing our neighborhoods for community-owned solar and replacing RG&E with a public utility. 

    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!

     

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Metro Justice in Rochester, NY

    Monthly organizing potluck for health care!

     

    Metro Justice is a founding member of the Campaign for New York Health: a statewide movement to pass the New York Health Act so that we have universal, public health care in New York State. No more premiums; no more co-pays; no more deductibles. Health care is a human right. 

    Our local chapter, Rochester for NY Health, is gaining the kind of people power that we will need to win health care for all in New York in 2020! Come be a part of the movement and share a meal with other health care advocates at our monthly organizing potluck! 

    RSVP below! 


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