New Deal San Juans is inspired by cutting-edge progressive policy around the globe, from the past and present.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to “conserve our natural resources, create future national wealth and prove of moral and spiritual value not only to those of you who are taking part, but to the rest of the country as well.”
Roosevelt’s “Tree Army” ultimately employed 3.4 million young men, who planted 3 billion trees, created more than 700 state and local parks, and constructed trails across the country, including in Orcas’ own Moran State Park.
We Need a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps from CivilBeat.Org
Depression Years: San Juan County from HistoryLink.org
(More about Moran State Park and San Juans CCC presence: https://www.historylink.org/File/20613)
Jane Addams’ Hull House
Founded in 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Starr founded Chicago’s Hull House as a social welfare settlement to educate and care for children, nurture and celebrate immigrant cultures, support progressive politics and movements, and integrate theory into practice to helm a just, embedded neighborhood community.
About Jane Addams from HullHouseMuseum.org
The Orkney Islands and their Renewable Energy Forum (OREF)
The Ork producing 120% of their electricity needs through renewable sources. They have a higher proportion of domestic renewables installed per household than anywhere else in the UK. 10% of the population is making its own power. They also test emerging technology.
Community Choice Energy models
Implemented in the 2010s, Community Choice Energy, sometimes referred to as “Community Choice Aggregation” or “CCA”, is a program that brings local control and freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace. Community Choice, prevalent in Californian communities like Monterrey Bay and Sonoma County, allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price.
What Is Community Choice Energy? from ClimateActionCampaign.org
People’s Action’s Homes Guarantee
In 2019, the People’s Action Coalition compiled this bold policy briefing for ending the housing crisis through guaranteed, affordable social housing. Accompanied by a pledge movement to garner popular support, the movement centers housing in the fight for economic justice.
Homes Guarantee Briefing Book from People’s Action
Launched in 2012, Represent Us is a grassroots campaign pushing state and local laws—Anti-Corruption Acts—for democracy and campaign finance reforms. These laws include measures to publicly finance elections, implement rank-choice voting, stop political bribery through lobbyist donations, end dark money infusion, and fix voter suppression and gerrymandering.
Our Strategy from Represent.us
Movement for Black Lives
Founded in 2014, “The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives.” They center abolition, reimagination and radical realignment of power, kinship, and anti-capitalist critiques in their 5-year plan to fortify black power in America.
Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal
A movement started in 2017, the Sunrise Movement’s Green New Deal is a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, acknowledging the “interwoven crises of climate catastrophe, economic inequality, and racism at the scale that science and justice demand.” The policy package, currently advocated through federal resolutions, would mandate a guaranteed living-wage job for anyone who needs one, and a just transition for both workers and frontline communities.