The Red Black and Green New Deal

A National Black Climate Agenda

A National Black Climate Mandate

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The Red Black and Green New Deal is a multi-year multi-issue initiative designed to educate and catalyze Black people to take actions that mitigate the impact of the global climate crisis on Black Lives.  We have released the first National Black Climate Mandate that will inform our organizing and network building, and will bottom-line our engagement with law and policy as we highlight the fight for climate justice in the Vision for Black Lives.
Water is life. And it is arguably the most controversial issue surrounding the Global impact of Climate on Black Lives.  As the globe warms, sea levels are rising- resulting in disappearing land and a loss of generational wealth. South Louisiana is losing land at one of the fastest rates on the planet causing whole communities to relocate, sometimes permanently. And while the US south is dealing with too much water, Western states continue to deal with drought conditions that make access to water the most important justice fight. Treating water as a commodity means privatizing the one thing that all humans need to survive. The fights for access to clean and affordable water in Flint and Detroit (and for the more than 2million American without access to clean and affordable drinking water) are connected to the fight for climate justice. Failing water infrastructure must be upgraded to address new conditions created by global temperature shifts and ensure the human right to clean water and sanitation.
US Energy production is harmful, dirty and rooted in a philosophy of extraction. Since the start of the industrial revolution our society has been designed to depend on ancient fuels dug up from underground wells, extracted from mountain cores and produced from shooting megatons of pressure into the earth’s surface. Fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal require that we destroy the earth to extract them. And to use them requires refining processes that release their deadly bi-products into the nearby soil, water and air and communities. Environmental Justice communities are 80 times more likely to be Black and 100 times more likely to be poor. Our Blackness brings us into proximity to the pipelines, refineries and bomb trains that transport vital elements of this dirty energy system. And when mixed with climate change, this dirty energy system makes disaster toxic. Our communities deserve justly sourced, community controlled renewable energy. Black Lives deserve an energy system that does not damage the environment or produce harmful impacts on communities.  Advancing Black Lives means transforming our energy systems to work for frontline communities in a new climate reality. 
Living in a safe, clean and thriving community is one of the hallmarks of America and to most Americans. Black people are no different. We believe that land is tied to our right to space, existence and dignity. We want to be able to purchase and pass down land to our children. We want fair treatment in the mortgage process. We want to live in areas with access to reliable, affordable services. We do not want to be concerned about floods, the safety of our children’s food, and public parks. We don’t want to just survive, we want to thrive.
Working and earning a wage is how most of the world acquires the necessities that support our families and our lifestyles. Black people want to be able to provide for our families by earning a fair wage and working in a dignified, safe environment. We believe in the advancement of anti-poverty measures. We want to be able to afford healthcare and be protected from predatory practices in the workplace. We want to be able to prepare for disasters and to insure ourselves from of poverty. We deserve to be valued for our labor – past, present and future.
The roots of the climate crisis lie in an extractive. We need to end extractive economies in order to develop a sustainable future. We want stability in our communities and a safety net from the things we cannot control. We want truth, fairness and accountability in our system of utility. Extreme weather events like the most recent arctic freeze that struck Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have exposed the vulnerability within our nation’s infrastructure. Disparities in income, education, healthcare and more unveil the reality – systemic racism has led to disproportionate impacts on Black communities.
Government is designed to represent and protect its citizens. We want a fair system that prioritizes our civil rights, including the ability to vote in a free and fair election. We want to be able to make decisions that are representative of our communities and laws enacted that protect our civil liberties and rights to choose. We do not want to be subject to the politics that shift voter districts in an effort to manipulate funds and other resources to more affluent electorates. We want protections against extreme weather events and a framework of support during and after such events.

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M4BL is introducing a national Black Climate Mandate

The Red Black and
Green New Deal

Climate Justice is Racial Justice

At The Movement for Black Lives, we believe all Black people have the right to determine our own futures; where we can earn a decent living, purchase a home, raise a family and live in a safe community with access to reliable, clean and affordable services. We should be able to add our voice to the problems and solutions that impact our family and our community’s well being. We should be able to build a future around the things that are important to us, leaving a legacy of generational and cultural value for those that come after us.

The climate crisis is happening right now. Extreme weather events are becoming more and more frequent as they expose the vulnerabilities of those not able to adequately prepare for such emergencies. Black and Indigenous communities bear the brunt of these events that are exacerbated by other socio-economic factors like poverty, and systematic racism. We need investments in equitable climate solutions that center the concerns of Black communities.

Climate change is a bi-product of an economic system based on extraction, exploitation, accumulation through dispossession, and white supremacy. Climate change is not an isolated crisis, but a symptom of an economic system that jeopardizes the future of life on this planet. Climate change threatens everyone’s physical health, mental health, air water, food and shelter but some groups, especially the socially and economically disadvantaged, face greater risks than others. This is because where they live, income, health, language barriers and limited access to resources is usually an indication that these are communities of color, immigrants, low-income and people whose native language is not English.

The impacts of Climate change on Black Lives will continually get worse if we don’t take Climate Action now.

A National Black Climate Mandate

The climate crisis is impacting communities in the U.S. and abroad, and requires bold, immediate action. With the largest economy in the world and the greatest historical emissions of greenhouse gases, the U.S. must commit to doing its “fair share” of the global effort to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This effort must be carried out in a manner that prioritizes the dignity, well-being, and safety of marginalized communities and the most vulnerable people in both the U.S. and around the world. Now is the time for a Black climate agenda!

The Red Black and Green New Deal (RBG New Deal), an initiative of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), puts Black liberation at the center of the global climate struggle, and addresses the impact of climate change and environmental racism on Black communities. 

This RBG New Deal agenda proposes immediate actions policymakers, corporations, and everyday people can do to fortify Black people—especially those most marginalized, such as disabled, chronically ill, transgender, gender-nonconforming, and intersex people—from the uniquely racist practices of the fossil fuel industry. 

This initiative will transform and drive a national discussion meant to: address the impact of climate on Black lives; spark action toward the development of equitable solutions directly related to Black communities; build and expand a network of climate supporters and advocates for immediate action; and develop and introduce federal and local policy that protects and invests resources into the Black community to address the climate crisis. 

The investment in the Black community’s full potential and ability to thrive addresses all harm to Black Lives.  Just as M4BL demands divestment from prisons, police, and surveillance that harms Black Lives, it also demands divestment from extractive economies and industries doing the same. The M4BL’s Red, Black & Green New Deal initiative gets us to a sustainable future in defense of Black lives. The RGBND National Black Climate Agenda focuses on justice across six key pillars: Water, Energy, Land, Labor, Economy, and Democracy. 

9 Point Plan

Honor the Water
In its simplest form, water is life and should be honored as such.

Constitutional Protection of water as a human right, Corporate Accountability for water pollution, Standards of Access to water as a part of the commons, prevent water shutoffs in Emergency Declarations, clean up, restore and protect our Oceans & Seas.

Democratize Energy
We must transition from extractive energy systems to a sustainable one. Constitutional protection of community-controlled energy as a human right.

Divest from dirty energy that harms Black Communities, Invest in justly sourced, sustainable Energy that helps Black communities thrive, Democratize local utilities and Global Accountability for US energy consumption and its role in the global climate crisis.

Free the Land
Land is tied to dignity and care for Black communities.

Indigenous Sovereignty along with Black land Stewardship as Reparations, End the commodification of land, address issues of Fair Housing & Gentrification, restore and protect old growth Forests & Coastal Wetlands.

RE-imagine & Redefine Labor
The roots of the climate crisis lie in an economic system that encourages unlimited extraction, unlimited production and unlimited consumption. 

Advance Anti-poverty Measures as Climate Preparedness, prioritize a Just Transition for impacted workers, Invest in Black communities to be part of a Transition Economy and a Care Economy, Constitutional protection of a right organizing and collectively bargain, prioritize Black communities in Federal Jobs Guarantees, establish New Standards for Doing Business in & with the US toward a sustainable future.

End Extractive Economies & Restore Stolen Black Capital
Generations of racism, economic divestment and targeting must be acknowledged and addressed.

Advance Reparations for Black communities as Climate Preparedness, establish climate finance mechanisms rooted in the creation of Black wealth, Protect Black Health as Black Wealth, upgrade Transportation systems to be accessible, inclusive and non-polluting, invest in Black Climate Readiness and the role of Black communities in economic transition,  put an end to corporate and Fossil Fuel Bailouts andAdvance Corporate Accountability

Advance Democracy for the People & the Planet
This climate crisis requires the voice and engagement from every country and the collective engagement of its people.

Constitutional protections on Black People’s Voting Rights in the US and across the diaspora must accompany a commitment to Protect elections from anti-democratic forces. Advance Democracy through the declaration of a national Climate Emergency and a prioritization of people and planet over profits.

Root in the Right to Breathe
Black People are dying because we can’t breathe. From over-policing to toxic air, water and soil pollution- the targeting and devaluing of Black communities must stop.

Everyone one has a human right to breathe. Federal guarantee and protections to Stop the Pollution of Black Communities and Federal Prioritization and Investments in Cleaning Up Black Communities from toxic pollution and exposure.

Declaration of Climate + Racial Urgency
This moment of our history cannot be denied, silenced or forgotten.

Federal Disaster Preparations must be rooted in equity for the frontlines, Legal Protections must be advanced and Over-policing must end in this new climate reality. Shifts to our social infrastructure must prepare for and support Climate Migration & Just Relocation for Black, poor and migrating populations.

Global South Solidarity
We stand with the Global South and we understand the role that the US economy and political interventions have played in creating wealth disparities and climate impacts.

Establish visas for immigrants forced to migrate due to climate disaster, Cancel International Debt starting with nations on the frontlines of this new climate reality, without conditions, the US must recognize the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and begin the immediate divestment from the productions and transportation of Fossil Fuels globally.

Download this new report by Greenpeace USA, Movement for Black Lives, and Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy.

This is the most comprehensive analysis to date of fossil fuel racism and how fossil fuel production is creating a public health crisis for Black, Brown, Indigenous, and poor communities.

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