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> Date: Sunday, April 05, 1998 11:51:32
> From: Rachel
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> Subject: Invitation to a meeting
>
> Yust in case you'd not seen this. I can't make it, but maybe somebody should.
>
> p.
>
>
> To: Rachel's subscribers
> From: Peter Montague, editor
> Date: April 3, 1998
> Subject: Important conference May 28-31 in Portland, Oregon
>
>
> The environmental movement has become stymied by the "jobs vs.
> environment" conundrum. Corporations have been able to derail
> environmental progress by claiming that a clean environment is
> incompatible with good jobs.
>
> By cutting real wages for two decades, by aggressively working to
> bust unions, by eliminating full-time jobs and, in their place,
> giving us part-time temporary jobs without medical or retirement
> benefits, corporations have created great insecurity among middle
> class people.
>
> Corporations have then used this insecurity as a lever to roll
> back environmental standards and regulations, and to deflect new
> environmental initiatives.
>
> Too often these days the environmental community finds itself on
> the sidelines because it has little or no knowledge of economic
> development, job creation, and control of capital. The
> corporations have taken hold of environmental policy because they
> have everyone convinced that environmental quality is primarily
> an ECONOMIC issue and environmentalists don't (in general) know
> much about the economy.
>
> I've said it before in Rachel's: the environmental community MUST
> become savvy about economic development. We need to take back
> control of our LOCAL and REGIONAL economies so that we can regain
> control of environmental policies.
>
> Now there is a new organization that is prepared to help the
> environmental community understand and tackle these economic
> issues: Sustainable America.
>
> Sustainable America (SA) is holding its second annual "general
> assembly" in Portland Oregon May 28-31. I urge you to attend.
> This is a practical, hand-on meeting that will benefit everyone

> who attends.  Plus it's a lot of fun.
>
> Who should come to this general assembly?
>
> ** Toxics, environmental justice, and forest activists. You can
> win at the local level. Stop fighting the same old battles and
> start using new economic development strategies to avoid old
> problems.
>
> ** Members of community organizations and advocacy groups,
> service-providers, political and activists. If you are interested
> in equity and democratic decision-making in your community, you
> will LOVE Sustainable America.
>
> ** Native American activists -- Explore ways in which human and
> economic rights can be addressed by sustainable economic
> development strategies. Justice and equity are essential parts of
> sustainable economic development.
>
> ** Union leaders. You play an essential role in the fight for
> secure jobs at living wages. Come to the SA general assembly and
> find new allies who share your concern for economic rights -- the
> internationally recognized right of all people to have jobs that
> can support families. We can advance this agenda through
> sustainable economic development -- jobs that don't wreck the
> environment, jobs rooted in communities -- a new model of
> economic development to retain and create jobs in your region.
>
> ** Faith-based groups -- you have an important role in local
> economic development and in broad movement-building activities.
> Come to the SA general assembly, engage in a dialog and build
> partnerships with diverse constituencies about our shared values
> and work.
>
> ** Community development corporations -- you can build upon your
> housing development efforts by advancing broader-scale
> sustainable development strategies.
>
> ** Planners, municipal staff, and elected officials -- you will
> gain practical information about sustainable economic development
> strategies.
>
> ** Youths and youth groups -- your viewpoints are urgently needed
> as we embark on this decades-long effort to take back America
> from those who have destroyed equality of opportunity and, for
> many people, hope itself.
>
> ** Popular educators, researchers, scientists, economists,
> technical assistance providers, and policy analysts -- Good ideas
> plus concrete actions produce real change. Your ideas are
> welcome.
>
>
> The SA general assembly is a mix of workshops, plenary sessions
> devoted to a single topic, and schmoozing salons where
> participants can get to know each other. Gaining knowledge,
> building partnerships, and developing strategies are what it's
> about.
>
> Again, I urge you to come to Portland at the end of May for this
> second annual general assembly. You won't regret it.
>
> For further information, telephone Kim Chaloner at the
> Sustainable America office in New York: (212) 239-4221. Or send
> E-mail to sustamer@sanetwork.org.
>
>
>
>
>



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