NY Renews Organizational Sign-Up
The following form is an official sign on for groups wishing to join NY RENEWS and its platform described below. Before signing up, please read the three sections below the form---our statement of how we organize (Jemez Principles), what we stand for (Points of Unity), and what policy we want to achieve (Legislative Platform).

By filling out the form below, your organization is signing onto the coalition, and agreeing to support the Jemez Principles, Points of Unity and Legislative Platform. After filling out the form, your organization will be kept up to date on coalition updates and actions. We look forward to working with you!

Will your organization sign on to join the coalition and support the principles, points of unity and legislative platform? *
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Points of Unity
1. We seek a sustainable future for the earth and its people. We believe that all people have a right to live and make a living on a living planet.

2. We recognize climate change represents a serious threat to all and especially to vulnerable people such as workers, people of color, seniors, youth, and the poor. Governments at all levels need to act now because the warming planet puts prosperity out of reach for far too many.

3. We understand that unchecked corporate power jeopardizes a sustainable future. We support democratic and public control of the energy and finance sectors so that private interests never compromise the health and well-being of workers and our communities.

4. We can address both the climate crisis and the inequality crisis with the same set of policies. As the impacts of climate change mount, the crises of inequality and democracy will continue to grow.

5. We support rapid movement toward 100% clean renewable energy. We know what must be done. We have to shift away from extracting and burning fossil fuels and towards a lower carbon economy and fast. It is imperative that we recognize and achieve the targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction that climate science requires.

6. Climate protection must serve as a means to greater economic justice and stronger local economies.

The jobs created by climate protection must be good jobs that respect workers’ right to organize. Jobs must be open and accessible to those who have been excluded from and discriminated against in the labor force. Likewise, small businesses and local economies should thrive in a new clean energy economy.

7. Climate protection must serve as a means to challenge environmental and racial injustice. We prioritize climate-vulnerable frontline communities and energy-insecure communities. Fairness and equity means the burden of policies that are necessary for society, like protecting the climate, shouldn’t be borne by a small minority who happen to be victimized by their side effects.

8. We must ensure economic security & job placement program for existing workers and young people. Workers employed in carbon-intensive industries should be guaranteed work in new industries and be provided strong social safety net benefits, including fully-funded retirement plans and free re-training opportunities. Young people benefit from career training for a wide-range of work opportunities in a clean energy future.

9. We must ensure community participation and oversight in decision making. To do that, there need to be resources and meaningful participation by community, labor, environmental justice, environmental, and other constituents.

Legislative Platform
1. New York State commits to climate sustainability with a binding goal of 80% emissions reductions by 2050 and a path toward 100% clean, renewable energy. Set in law a:
• Mandate that all aspects of state government align to meet or exceed the goals;
• Mandate that all efforts to meet the goals be implemented with an environmental/climate equity screen to identify impacted and disadvantaged communities, and implement a policy analysis structure that ensures we value community benefits and good jobs; and
• Clear set of interim benchmarks to gauge progress (40% cut in climate pollution by 2030 and 50% renewable energy by 2030).

2. New York State dedicates 40% or more of climate investment to environmental justice and low-income communities. Set in law a:
• Definition and criteria to designate frontline communities most vulnerable to climate change;
• Legal requirement that at least 40% of NYSERDA, DEC, and other related climate investments are directed to environmental justice and low-income communities; and
• Process for community engagement in local sustainability and resiliency planning.

3. Create good local jobs in clean energy and protections for workers impacted by the current transition. Set in law:

• A “Build the Future” working group that brings together labor, community, business, and other leaders to propose and implement large-scale projects;
• Good job standards (e.g. prevailing wage, project labor agreements, labor peace agreements) and targeted local hiring commitments on climate investments at or above $1 million;
• A Just Transition fund to support worker training in new clean energy industries, retirement support for workers in transitioning industries, and short-term local tax revenue support where the industry is in transition.

4. New York creates an ambitious program to transition the state to a 100% clean energy economy backed by significant funding. Set in law:

• A community-planned Just Transition fund to support workers displaced from transitioning industries, as well as a planned transition from the current reliance on dirty energy to a new clean energy economy that is supportive of localized economies, ecologically grounded, produces community wellbeing, democratizes decision-making, and promotes local control of resources (including land, water, and food systems);
• Programs to ensure the state meets its climate and clean energy goals, and does so by prioritizing disadvantaged and impacted communities;
• An energy transition rebate to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers through a progressive payment to buffer the impact of the energy transition; and
• To pay for these programs, establish a climate pollution penalty – a price on greenhouse gas pollution and other co-pollutants – that would increase each year.

Jemez Principles
1. Be Inclusive. If we hope to achieve just societies that include all people in decision-making and assure that all people have an equitable share of the wealth and the work of this world, then we must work to build that kind of inclusiveness into our own movement in order to develop alternative policies and institutions to the treaties policies under neoliberalism. This requires more than tokenism, it cannot be achieved without diversity at the planning table, in staffing, and in coordination. It may delay achievement of other important goals, it will require discussion, hard work, patience, and advance planning. It may involve conflict, but through this conflict, we can learn better ways of working together. It’s about building alternative institutions, movement building, and not compromising out in order to be accepted into the anti-globalization club.

2. Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing. To succeed, it is important to reach out into new constituencies, and to reach within all levels of leadership and membership base of the organizations that are already involved in our networks. We must be continually building and strengthening a base which provides our credibility, our strategies, mobilizations, leadership development, and the energy for the work we must do daily.

3. Let People Speak for Themselves. We must be sure that relevant voices of people directly affected are heard. Ways must be provided for spokespersons to represent and be responsible to the affected constituencies. It is important for organizations to clarify their roles, and who they represent, and to assure accountability within our structures.

4. Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality. Groups working on similar issues with compatible visions should consciously act in solidarity, mutuality and support each other’s work. In the long run, a more significant step is to incorporate the goals and values of other groups with your own work, in order to build strong relationships. For instance, in the long run, it is more important that labor unions and community economic development projects include the issue of environmental sustainability in their own strategies, rather than just lending support to the environmental organizations. So communications, strategies and resource sharing is critical, to help us see our connections and build on these.

5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves. We need to treat each other with justice and respect, both on an individual and an organizational level, in this country and across borders. Defining and developing “just relationships” will be a process that won’t happen overnight. It must include clarity about decision-making, sharing strategies, and resource distribution. There are clearly many skills necessary to succeed, and we need to determine the ways for those with different skills to coordinate and be accountable to one another.

6. Commitment to Self-Transformation. As we change societies, we must change from operating on the mode of individualism to community-centeredness. We must “walk our talk.” We must be the values that we say we’re struggling for and we must be justice, be peace, be community.
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