Labor, Racial Justice, and the Road to a Green New Deal

Start date: August 10, 2020 | 5:30p ET START


Shortly after the 2018 Midterm elections, the #GreenNewDeal burst onto the national scene and quickly garnered tremendous public and political support. But within months, the AFL-CIO weighed in with criticism of the process and its vision.
Thus, the relation between environmentalists and labor unions was revealed in all its longstanding complexity. While the GND promises large employment gains in clean energy and a “just transition,” there is also real jeopardy to existing jobs in fossil fuel industries. More recently, protests against anti-Black racism and police violence have catalyzed resistance and transformed the climate justice movement. This session, with leading national scholar-activists, will explore these issues.

Daniel Aldana Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Mijin Cha, Occidental College
Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tanya Wallace-Gobern, National Black Worker Center Project
Juliet Schor, Boston College
Sponsors: McHarg Center and the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative,
University of Pennsylvania; Department of Sociology, Boston College