Making the Green New Deal Real

Making the Green New Deal Real

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 11 9:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 11 10:00 AM (Eastern)

A Green New Deal is needed to address the existential crises we face today: a rapidly degrading climate, accelerating economic inequality, the precipitous decline in global democracy—all caused by a global system of of racist oppression and environmental destruction for private gain. Panelists will discuss not only the transformative vision of a Green New Deal but what we all can and must do together to achieve a vibrant green society based on the principle that all people and places on our only planet have inherent value.


Brad Johnson


Brad Johnson is a climate strategist and communicator. He is the editor of Hill Heat, a climate politics and policy website. Previously Brad was the founding executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, a grassroots climate politics organization, campaign manager for Forecast the Facts, a grassroots climate advocacy organization, and editor for ThinkProgress Green at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Amherst College and master’s degree in geosciences from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. He is the co-author of Technomanifestos and the founder of

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Demond Drummer

Demond Drummer

Demond Drummer is an organizer and civic innovator whose grassroots work in Chicago has been recognized by the Obama White House, Code for America and the Aspen Institute. He is currently co-founder and executive director of New Consensus. An alumnus of Morehouse College, Demond is a co-founder of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.). He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

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Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, and No is Not Enough. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center and is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Naomi Klein was a co-author of the Leap Manifesto, and is a co-founder and member of the advisory board of The Leap. Her next book, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal will be published September 17, 2019.

Kevin de León


Kevin de León is President pro Tempore Emeritus of the California State Senate. The son of a single immigrant mother with a third grade education, he rose from San Diego’s Logan Heights barrio to lead the California State Senate, the first Latino to do so in over a century. As leader of the State Senate, he delivered landmark gun-safety legislation, clean-energy mandates, environmental protections, and immigration reform. He authored the “Sanctuary State Bill” Senate Bill 54, created the CalSavers retirement security program, reallocated $2 billion for supportive housing and wraparound services for individuals experiencing homeless and mental illness under his ballot initiative “No Place Like Home”, and wrote Senate Bill 100 which legally commits California to 100% clean energy by 2045. Before politics, Senator de León served the public as a community organizer, taught ESL and U.S.citizenship courses, and advocated for public schools. He graduated with honors from Pitzer College. The Senator is currently a professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Distinguished Fellow at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute as well as a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council. He has one daughter and a dog, whose name is Popeye.

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