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9-22-10 Community Action Forum
300 weatherization workers and community residents across the state mobilized September 22, 2010 to demand affordable weatherization, community mobilization, and good green jobs.
Utility company representatives and state officials were in the front row to learn about Green Justice.
Jovanna Garcia: "Cape Wind tried to put a diesel plant in Chelsea. That shows how we are being excluded from the green economy."
MassCOSH's Isabel Lopez translates as Israel Guevara describes the need to raise standards in the home weatherization industry.
ACE's Khalida Smalls and New England United's Trevor Harrigan listen to weatherization workers' testimony.
Wen Wei Zhou, a crew leader for the Chinatown weatherization pilot program, is waiting for the project to start.
Energy Efficiency Advisory Council members and state officials took in the demands of our communities.
Joel Rodriguez of ADP's United for Hire worker-community cooperative testified with other weatherization workers.
Pioneer Valley Labor Council-WMass Jobs with Justice's Jon Weissman and Western Mass Green Economy Working Group's Boone Scherer
ADP activists drove all the way from Springfield and Greenfield to strengthen our statewide demand for access and good jobs.
Agustina Matos of Neighbor to Neighbor argued for access to home weatherization and good green jobs.
Alex Papali and Cindy Luppi of Clean Water Action ran down the health reasons for energy efficiency in our communities.
Hazel Dardana of the Alliance to Develop Power's Greenfield housing cooperative said: We need green justice now!
Khalida Smalls of Alternatives for Community and Environment appeals to state officials and utility representatives for access.
New ENgland Carpenters secretary-treasurer Mark Erlich introduces members of the state Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.
Energy Efficiency Advisory Council coordinator Frank Gorke pledges to help win job creation, financing, and community outreach.
Mr. Cohen promised that the state Department of Labor would continue working for higher standards in the weatherization industry