People’s Green New Deal Virtual Teach-ins


Read panelists’ articles:
Cooking the Niger Delta: Cook Stoves, Gas Flares and the Story of Waste by Jennifer Tang; Green New Deal: top-down or bottom-up? by Sergio Belda and Victoria Pellicer; Indigenous Knowledge, the Struggle for Land, and Indigenizing the Green New Deal by Ragina Johnson and Brian Ward

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This teach in series is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

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Related magazine article(s): Indigenous Knowledge, Western Science and the US Colonial Project by Ragina Johnson and Brian Ward; Indigenous Knowledge, the Struggle for Land and Indigenizing the Green New Deal an interview with Dina Gilio-Whitaker by Ragina Johnson and Briad Ward.

Panelists: Brian Ward is an educator, socialist and activist who lives in Madison, Wisconsin (occupied Ho-Chunk Land), and has lived and worked on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation. He is a member of The Red Nation-Great Lakes and People’s Green New Deal Madison. He contributed to the book 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History and his writing has appeared in The Nation, Truthout, New Politics, Science for the People, and more. Tomas Klemm is a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. He currently is a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Michigan studying Indigenous politics and the politics of development. Outside of work, Tom is a member of The Red Nation-Great Lakes and remains active in the Pokagon community as well as the broader Anishinaabe community.

Moderator: Siddhant Pusdekar is a member of the Science for the People Twin Cities chapter.

This teach-in is co-sponsored by the Red Nation.


Related magazine article(s): Tending Habitat and Other Poems by Emily Cohen; A Just Transition for the Building Sector: The Architecture Lobby’s Retroactive Roadmap, by Valérie Lechêne; An Atlas for a Green New Deal by Billy Fleming et al.

Panelists: Mariah-Rose Marie and Emily Cohen, both California residents inspired by the land they inhabit and its relationship to people, draw from their experience as artists and activists in conversation.

Billy Fleming and Valérie Lechêne, both transdisciplinary architects deeply engaged with the Green New Deal, discuss their visions for the role of design fields in a people’s movement, including design for social movements and the role of professional unions.

Moderators: Mara Freilich and Andres Chang are both members of Science for the People.


Related magazine article(s): A New Vision for American Agriculture: The Just and Equitable Transition Toward Agroecology, by Krista Marshall and Kelsey Brewer.

Panelists: Eric Holt-Gimenez, Ph.D. was the executive director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. Called one of the country’s “most established food think tanks” by the New York Times, Food First’s mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger, poverty and environmental degradation throughout the world. He is the author and editor of several books, including, Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?; A Foodies Guide to Capitalism; Land Justice; Food Movements Unite!; Food Rebellions; and Campesino a Campesino. Krista Marshall is currently a PhD student in California studying agroecology through collaborations with researchers, farmers, and extension specialists. She was drawn to agroecology because of its foundations in food sovereignty as the basis for reconnecting people with our food productions and the ecosystems that support them (presentation slides). Katia R. Avilés Vázquez holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research highlights community-based adaptations, and engages the topic from a grassroots activism perspective, to both continually test its validity, and increase its reach. She has co-authored more than a dozen articles, book chapters, and technical reports, including Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply. Her work has been highlighted in local and international news outlets, and she has received the EPA Environmental Champion Award, as well as the ESF Graduate of Distinction Award. Helda Morales is a professor in agroecology and sustainable food systems at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, a research center in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. She conducts research on how to scale out agroecology, while working with teachers, urban farmers, women organizations and farmers’ markets.

Moderator: Ivette Perfecto is Professor of Environmental Justice at University of Michigan and a member of Science for the People.


Related magazine article(s): Energy Democracy: Powering Communities Toward Justice and Equity, by Anthony Giancatarino and Denise Fairchild.

Panelists: Anthony Giancatarino has led the Just Community Energy Transition project for the last 3 years to advance energy democracy and a regenerative economy (presentation slides). Shauna McKenna is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America’s San Diego chapter, where she is a co-chair of their Public Power San Diego campaign. Victoria Pellicer-Sifres is Energy Officer in Valencia (Spain) City Council, researcher and teacher at the Universitat Politècnica de València, and activist in the renewable energy cooperative Som Energia (presentation slides). Lala Peñaranda coordinates Latin American trade unions at Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and is a co-founder of Science for the People NYC. She is the Americas co-chair for the DSA International Committee and previously worked with unions in Colombia on agrarian reform (presentation slides). Chris Kramer is a Co-Chair of the Boston Democratic Socialists of America TakeBackTheGrid campaign.

Moderator: Ben Allen is member of the East Tennessee chapter of SftP and organizes with the Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement (presentation slides).


Related magazine article(s):  Dignity Over Dumping: The Fight for Climate Justice and a Just Transition for Sanitation Workers, by Zakia Elliott, Alison Kenner, and Morgan Sarao.

Panelists: Lara Skinner, Co-Executive Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell and Chair of the institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative. Zakia Elliot, Program Manager of Philadelphia Climate Works. Paul Prescod, public school teacher and political liaison with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.