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The Greening of America: A New Deal for Everyone?


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Top: GRID Alternatives, Richmond BUILD, and Solar Richmond installing solar panels.       Sources: Top: Bottom: WAGES

Top: GRID Alternatives, Richmond BUILD, and Solar Richmond installing solar panels. Sources: Top: Bottom: WAGES

From the Tennessee Valley Authority to the federal theatre project, Roosevelt’s’ New Deal of the 1930’s dramatically altered America’s infrastructure in lasting ways. Now President Obama wants a New Deal too –– only this one is green. Obama plans to create more than two-and-half million “green” jobs over the next two years. But will these jobs be as plentiful and equitable as the new administration will have us believe? On this edition, we look at the greening of America. Is it really a new deal for everyone?

This program is made possible in part by support from the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.


Ricky Thigpen, GRID Alternatives supervisor; Lawrence Martinez, Randy Mason, Keith Rose and Antoine Sawyer, Richmond Build trainees; Fred Lucero, Richmond Build Project Manager and City of Richmond Contract Compliance officer; Zoey Burrows, Solar Richmond Development & Communications staff member; Samuel Charles, Richmond Build lead instructor; Deshan McFett, California Conservation Corps member; Veronica and Luz, Natural Home Cleaning Cooperative owners; Hilary Abell, WAGES executive director; Deb Goldburg, Natural Home Cleaning Cooperative general manager; Grey Brechin, historical geographer and author.

For more information:

Ella Baker Center Green Jobs campaign

Gray Brechin

Green for All

GRID Alternatives

Natural Home Cleaning Professionals Cooperative

Richmond Build

Solar Richmond


Additional information:

Asian Neighborhood Design

Communities for a Better Environment

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)

Global Exchange—Green Careers Program

Labor Community Strategy Center

Movement Generation

WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT)

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