The past 18 months forced us to confront multiple overlapping crises: a public health emergency, growing economic insecurity, systemic racism and the rise of white nationalism, all against the backdrop of a worsening climate crisis. But just as the causes are connected, so are the solutions, which is why we need a Just, Green Recovery.
As Jews we have faced devastation, disruption, and destruction throughout history. And each time we have not only survived, but envisioned and rebuilt a different future. Now, as we move from COVID relief to economic recovery, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our society and our economy.
Congress passed a modest bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes some funding for electric vehicles and public transit, but at a magnitude of order smaller than what’s needed to avert climate disaster. The good news is that the House just passed and the Senate will soon take up a much more ambitious recovery bill focused on climate action, care, good jobs, and justice. We must hold our policymakers to their promises! Join us in calling on Congress to enact big and bold economic recovery and infrastructure legislation that delivers clean energy, good jobs, and justice.
To achieve truly transformational change, we need to go big and bold: Making big investments in clean energy infrastructure and technology and setting bold targets for transitioning away from fossil fuels.
To build a more just economy, we must pay workers fairly and protect their rights, and provide the training, employment opportunities, and support for those who want to enter and remain in the workforce.
Environmental justice is a person’s right, regardless of race, income, or zip code, to a safe environment to live, learn, work, play and pray. To realize environmental justice, we must address historic wrongs, and ensure everyone has a say and can benefit from the clean energy economy of the future.
That’s why, as Congress takes up recovery legislation, we’re supporting folks in the Dayenu community to meet with your federal elected officials (online, of course), to build relationships and let them know that their Jewish constituents are organized and are prioritizing bold, urgent climate action.
By holding in-district group meetings with them, we’ll ensure that our Senators and Representatives hear directly from us, their constituents, and understand how important urgent climate action is to the Jewish communities they represent.
Here are some resources to help you plan an in-district meeting with your Senators or Member of Congress:
In-district meeting invitation to elected officials (customizable)
Leave-behind Letter (customizable)
Are you interested in organizing or hosting a meeting with your elected official? Let us know.
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