Calls on the public to pledge to bring solar into their communities.
Press Release – BALTIMORE (February 7, 2018) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country’s foremost civil rights organization, extends our deep gratitude to Rosario Dawson for her support and promotion of our Solar Equity Initiative and Go Solar in Your Community pledge.
Dawson – a prolific producer, actress, singer, and political activist for women’s rights and environmental justice, recorded a video to stand in her place at NAACP’s Image Awards on January 15, 2018. An NAACP Image Award winner, Dawson recorded Live from the Art, Culture and Social Action festival, Into Action, where she made the connection between the degradation of the environment and communities and populations who are hit first and worst by the extractive energy economy, namely communities of color and indigenous communities, low-income communities, women, formerly-incarcerated persons, and other groups.
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“All of these social justice issues are interconnected, driven by profiteering in a culture of dominating groups and individuals amassing wealth, power, and control at the expense of women, communties of color, low-income communities, and the environment,“ explains Dawson. She also highlights the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program’s year-long Solar Equity Initiative, which will provide solar job skills training to 100 individuals, install solar panels on 20 households and 10 community centers, and strengthen equity in solar access policies in at least 5 states across the country.
Dawson opened a challenge to everyone to take the pledge (link below) and join the solar movement: “By going solar, we support communities of color to join and lead the solar revolution. I’m calling on all of you to do the same and to be a part of advancing the movement to take back our power – figuratively and literally. So I challenge you to join me. Join me in advancing the solar revolution by going to www.naacp.org.“
The NAACP Solar Equity Initiative brings together partners including GRID Alternatives, Solar Energy Industries Association, Sunrun, United Methodist Women, Vote Solar, and others to advance the aims of an multiple civil rights initiatives: Environmental and Climate Justice, Economic Development, Labor, Education, Health and Criminal Justice.
The reformation of the energy sector into a cleaner, sustainable, and vibrant economy means more than shifting to clean energy sources. We call for equity; local communities must control their energy sources and benefit from local economic growth through stable employment opportunities.
Take the pledge and learn more: http://www.naacp.org/go-solar-pledge/
ABOUT THE NAACP:
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACP.org.
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