The Carrots and Sticks Project invites you to a briefing on Green Bank legislation on January 12th from 1:00-3:00 (Cannon House Office Building, room 121). The Green Bank is one of the most powerful and efficient ways to finance the clean energy economy. The briefing will examine how a Green Bank can create jobs, reduce carbon pollution, and promote energy independence.
We will primarily be discussing Congressman Chris Van Hollen's Green Bank Act of 2009 (HR 1698). In addition to substantive policy concerns, this briefing will look at where HR 1698 and related green bank legislation currently stand in the legislative process, and what next steps would be best to move it forward. Finally, we will examine how best to frame the Green Bank in order to generate the largest possible amount of public support for it both before and after bill passage.
* Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.
* Bill Parsons [invited] is the Legislative Director for Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
* Jeffrey Feldman is the editor-in-chief of the influential political blog Frameshop, and the author of the books Framing the Debate, and Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy.
* Jeremy Koulish is the founder and Executive Director of the Carrots and Sticks Project.
A new year is upon us, and it is time to get back to work. We are hosting our first House Party of 2010 and it should be a good one.
We will focus on building the emerging Rapid Response Action Team which will counter lies and distortions in the media about the President and about legislation. We will hear from exciting speakers including Yvette Lewis and Jon Randall.
Get a sense of the wonderful energy behind this effort by watching this short video:
Last, but certainly not least, is a fundraising house party that Grow the Hope is hosting for us to help in our efforts to cover Netroots Nation 2010 on Sunday, February 21st from 2:00-4:00pm (EST):
We are excited to be hosting a house meeting fundraiser for Sum of Change and their efforts to cover Netroots Nation 2010. For one weekend every year, Netroots Nation brings together many of the greatest minds in the progressive netroots. Sum of Change was on the scene at last year's conference in Pittsburgh, but they want to expand and improve their coverage of next year's conference in Las Vegas and they could use your help.
Our featured speaker will be Chris Hayes, the Washington DC Editor of The Nation, and a fellow at the New America Foundation. From his website: "Since 2002, he's written on issues including union organizing and economic democracy, the culture of right-wing email forwards, the worldview of the anti-globalist right, and the culture of technology. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, The Guardian, and The Chicago Reader. From 2005 to 2006, Hayes was a Schumann Center Writing Fellow at In These Times." Mr Hayes is also the subject of Sum of Change's most popular video, "Christropher Hayes, Netroots Nation Day 1, Simple Explanation of the Proposed Public Option" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2aV6uJGkP0)
Nolan Treadway, the Logistics and Political Director of Netroots Nation will join us and address the group. The program will also include several other speakers, such as Will Urquhart and Mitch Malasky from Sum of Change who will discuss the connection between online journalism and community organizing and showcase some short videos from last years Netroots Nation 2009.
This event should be very educational and exciting and we hope you can join us. Whether you can give $5 or $5,000, we would love to have you.
All these events will be aired live at Sum Live Change, I hope you will join us!