Check out Episode 3 of the Rochester Public Power Hour! On this episode, we discuss why and how public utilities have a proven track record as one of the most massive and effective ways to lower energy bills for people while also implementing a rapid transition to green energy. Also, Michelle Wenderlich joins us again, this time with their colleague Timothy DenHerder Thomas, to discuss the ongoing fight for public utilities in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Click below to listen!
Do you want to join our local movement to replace Rochester Gas & Electric with a public, local, not-for-profit, democratically operated utility? Take the first step by signing the petition at metrojustice.org/energydemocracypetition! We have received a lot of new sign ups in the last couple weeks, so we are holding a virtual orientation and workshop to welcome new people to the movement! The event will be this Wednesday, July 8th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. You must RSVP to receive the Zoom conference information to attend. RSVP by clicking here!
Episode 2 of the Rochester Public Power Hour is here! This time, we interview Michelle Wenderlich, who was deeply involved in the movement for a public utility in Berlin, Germany! We also discuss unethical practices by Rochester Gas & Electric and its parent companies, the steps to winning a public utility locally, and the ongoing utilities bill strike. Click below to listen!
May was packed with bold and meaningful actions by Metro Justice members in each of our campaigns! As we continue to find ways to support Black Lives Matter organizing directly against policy brutality, we also realize that many of our existing campaigns are also Black Lives Matter issues. Read on to learn more about how Metro Justice will support Black Lives Matter organizing locally, and how many of our campaigns and committees fought back against the disproportionate impact of injustice on people of color.Read more
For the last couple months, our Rochester for Energy Democracy Campaign (R.E.D.) has been developing a podcast to safely engage our community for climate justice during COVID-19! On the Rochester Public Power Hour, we will share updates from our campaign, answer questions submitted by our audience (you), and interview leaders in movements for public utilities and energy democracy across the world. Click below to listen to our first episode!
Do you have questions about RG&E, public utilities, energy democracy, climate change, or how our energy system works in general? Email us at [email protected], or Tweet us at @MetroJustice, and we'll answer your questions on future episodes!Read more
Despite new challenges presented by the COVID-19 lockdown, our members persisted in organizing mutual aid and strengthening our long-term campaigns. Read on to learn more about resources for mutual aid, critical action for relief on utilities bills, our upcoming energy democracy podcast, valuable victories for elder justice, and so much more!Read more
With the emergence of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the deplorable inadequacies of our economic and governmental institutions are more starkly apparent than ever. This past March, our members have dedicated their time, money, and resources to participating in mutual aid, organizing for policy that gives people crucial relief, and creating new remote tactics to continue our campaigns so that we can build a better world for everyone in the long-term.Read more
February was a packed month of actions and critical progress in our campaigns! Updates on our fight for a public utility, emerging alliance with organized labor for climate and energy distance, a picket in Buffalo for universal healthcare, and more are in this monthly recap!Read more
Metro Justice had a strong close to 2019. Read on to catch up on everything our members accomplished in December! Fighting against cuts to Rochester city schools, pushing our new Energy Democracy campaign forward, the Alternative Fair and more can be found in this monthly recap!Read more
Metro Justice members and volunteers have been rolling through November with passion and focus. Read on to learn more about Rochester for Energy Democracy, local efforts to win Single Payer health care, Rochester immigrant solidarity work, the upcoming Alternative Fair, and check out Member's Corner with Christine Noble!Read more