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350.org on SEIU Green New Deal Endorsement: "Economic Justice Is Climate Justice"
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) became the first major union to endorse the Green New Deal, specifically underscoring the policy platform’s vitality in prioritizing workers, communities of color, and the working poor in the necessary and just transition to a fossil free world.
On this latest endorsement, Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350.org North America Director, issued the following statement:
“Economic justice is climate justice, and 350.org thanks SEIU for exercising its global leadership in endorsing a Green New Deal. True economic justice lifts up those who have been made voiceless and invisible, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color. We must band together to ensure the needs of these communities remain central to the vision and implementation of the Green New Deal.
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