For Immediate Release
Nearly 100 Green the Block 9/11 Service and Remembrance Events Nationwide
WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 Green the Block events - in more than 24 states across the
country - were organized by churches, schools, and community groups to
honor the victims of the September 11th attacks. The Green the Block
events were in association with President Obama's United We Serve
initiative for a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
"Eight years ago today, we suffered a terrible loss - a loss that
brought us closer together as a country," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins,
CEO of Green For All. "Today, we honor and remember those who lost
their lives on September 11, 2001, by working in service to bring our
country closer together still, to unite America on the path to a
prosperous, healthy future."
Green the Block partners joined together with their neighbors in
various activities, including: community clean-ups in Brooklyn; green
retrofitting of a 90-year-old community center in Chattanooga,
Tennessee; and elementary students delivering cards made from recycled
materials to the troops at Walter Reed U.S. Army Medical Center.
"This is a wonderful moment, when so many people are choosing to act on
encouragement instead of discouragement, on hope instead of despair,"
said Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President of the Hip Hop Caucus. "To
honor and remember those who died on September 11, 2001, and in our
subsequent wars, humanity is bonding together by serving one another on
this little planet called Earth."
Green the Block was publicly announced on August 4, 2009, at the White
House where Rev. Yearwood and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins revealed that the
first milestone of Green the Block would be Service and Remembrance
events on September 11th. The Green the Block campaign and coalition,
of over seventy organizations, will continue with the goal of
connecting urban communities to the opportunities of the green economy.
About Green The Block
Green The Block is a non-profit, non-partisan campaign of the Hip Hop
Caucus and Green For All designed to educate and mobilize low-income
communities and communities of color to ensure a voice and stake in the
clean-energy economy. www.greentheblock.net
About Green For All
Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the
lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization
works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and
grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase
quality jobs and opportunities in green industry - all while holding
the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. www.greenforall.org
About Hip Hop Caucus
The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit organization that engages
young people in urban communities in elections, policymaking and
service. Founded on September 11, 2004 the organization has 700,000
members nationwide. www.hiphopcaucus.org