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Green Jobs Philly News #34 & TAKING POWER

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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MORE GREEN, LESS CRIME: REHABILITATING VACANT LOTS IMPROVES URBAN SAFETY

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DEEP GREEN PHILLY new blog

DEEP GREEN JOBS for Philadelphia

OCCUPY PHILLY SOLUTIONS VIDEO

HOW TO GAIN SKILLS FOR A GREEN JOB by Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

HOW TO START A WORKER COOPERATIVE

PENNSYLVANIA MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING

GREEN JOBS SPIDER

RECICLAJE: UN TRABAJO VERDE QUE NO REQUIERE PAPELES
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GREEN POWER

POWER PHILADELPHIA STARTS JOBS CAMPAIGN “This model of organizing emphasizes the need to do ‘public business’ in public through large action meetings. Too many policy decisions that affect families and neighborhoods are not made “in the light of day” and are often too heavily influenced by narrowly self-interested groups and/or monied interests.  FBCO seeks to bring a broad-based and prophetic “people’s voice” to public decision-making and achieves this by gathering together large numbers of people to hold public officials, and themselves, accountable to make concrete policy changes.”

HOW TO TAKE POWER is new book by editor of this newsletter.  The title is blunt, but this is a manual for asserting and accepting power collectively, using it nonviolently to move society towards ecology and social justice. Beyond protest, to responsibly managing the better world that is happening.

HOW PHILLY WORKS: Councilmanic Prerogative, by Council of Seventy

PHILADELPHIA AREA COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE (PACA)  organizes to promote National Cooperative Development Act

NEW ZONING CODE SUSTAINABILITY ELEMENTS

OCCUPY’S NEXT FRONTIER: Taking over foreclosed homes
—FREE UNIVERSITY OF PHILADELPHIA: “new working group in formation to start a Free University of Philadelphia. Join the Google Group:  rswetman@gmail.com

OCCUPY VACANT LOTS of PHILADELPHIA “A group that initially met at Occupy Philly on October 25th to discuss a Direct Action around composting on Dilworth Plaza, has now morphed into a much larger group.”
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GREEN TENANT TOOLKIT

JURIES MAY DECIDE VERDICTS WITHOUT REGARD TO EXISTING LAW.  All of our civil liberties have risen when juries defied unjust laws.  William Penn, for example, was aquitted in 1670 when charged with “preaching Quakerism,” by a jury which decided that religious liberty was more legitimate than the law.  The Fugitive Slave Act, requiring return of escaped slaves to slavemasters, was repeatedly overruled by juries.  Andrew Hamilton won freedom for a newspaper editor critical of the King’s governnor, by asking the jury to overrule existing law.  This is called “jury nullification,” and is permitted even though lawyers may not suggest it in court.
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MONEY AND BUSINESS

SHOP SOUTH PHILLY

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS report by SBN on low rate of business formation in Philly “explore the reasons behind the City’s low rate of small business formation and determine how the City can effectively support small business growth.”  Inquirer story

TORRENT COLLECTIVE is a group of multidisciplinary/action-minded/creative professionals that “possess an inner drive to make a change for the better in the world. We pool resources, developing & growing our networks, providing support & assistance in developing each other’s businesses, & engaging in ongoing collaborative projects. We will also be hosting classes, workshops, & events relating to a multitude of fields including: Art, Music, Psychology, Fitness, Martial Arts, Entrepreneurship, Holistic Health, Alternative Medicine, Technology, & More! In addition to live-in members.”  938 South 8th

HEALTH DEMOCRACY book describes grassroots self-financing health co-ops and how they promote Medicare for All.

THE GREAT AMERICAN MORTGAGE BOYCOTT: Hold the Money. Hold the Power.

GREENER FILM SHOOTING with Greater Philadelphia Film Office

A recent analysis by the Pew Research Center of census data found that the typical U.S. household headed by someone 65 years of age or older has a net worth that is 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35. This gap is more than double that of 2005.

AN OCCUPY JOBS PROGRAM by Kevin Zeese
• Raises $600 billion in annual revenues thereby achieving the deficit reduction goals in two years; shrinks the wealth divide by taxing wealth more and labor less; restores a progressive tax system; taxes speculation by investors; and taxes wealth held overseas.
• Cuts hundreds of billions in annual spending through reducing the bloated military budget and ending the wars, stopping corporate welfare and negotiating better pharmaceutical drug prices.
• Creates millions of jobs by solving the housing crisis; creates public sector jobs for much-needed work on infrastructure, transit, education and other areas; creates health care jobs as part of improving Medicare and expanding it to cover everyone in the United States; invests in the more efficient civilian economy rather than the expensive military economy; and stimulates the economy by erasing student loan debt.
• Saves and strengthens the safety net by restoring the amount of income covered by Social Security to 90% of all income as was always intended; ends poverty retirement by expanding Social Security; reduces spending on health care by expanding Medicare to cover everyone in the United States.
• Presents steps to creating a democratized economy, the already developing new economy that will replace the failed finance, corporate capitalism.

ALMANAC & ATLAS OF PHILADELPHIA 2012 is fact-filled calendar in colorful graphic format, by Kate Maskar.  From fracking to brewing to schooling to jailing, local realities are made clear.

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THE BASICS

TOUR OF VIADUCT GREEN photos by J.J. Tizou

PHILADELPHIA QUAKER TOURS “personalized permacultural, people-centric, photographable presentations, walkabouts, and events in the greater Philadelphia area.  Each presentation is different, whether we are guiding schoolchildren through the old alleyways of Southwark on the lookout for birdhouses and fire insurance plaques or we are discussing the abolitionist history of Lombard Street, we keep it real and stay in the present moment.”

FREE WEATHERIZATION WORKSHOPS  “Learn how to reduce drafts, tighten windows and doors and many other energy and money saving tips. To schedule a workshop: Colette Davis 215.609.1046

WEATHERIZATION CERTIFICATION  “As the energy efficiency industry rapidly matures, national certifications have increasingly become a requirement for participation in leading programs sponsored by utilities and government. Energy Coordinating Agency has partnered with Community College of Philadelphia to connect technical training and ultimately a college degree.”  Ashley James 215-609-1075

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING by Food System Design Group Facebook page

FOOD ORGANIZING COLLABORATIVE (FORC) “organizes food growers, food workers, and food eaters in the Philadelphia region to reclaim control of our food system and build food sovereignty.”

PENNFUTURE ENDORSES  PA SOLAR JOBS BILL

POLLINATOR’S CORRIDOR graphic novel of ecological urban revival by Aaron Birk of Philadelphia

TWELVE CAR-FREE CITY ZONES (National Geographic)
—Philadelphia candidates: Walnut between 16th & 19th.
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EVENTS

1/14 GREEN ROOFS 101.  Fairmount Park Horticultural Center N. Horticultural and Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131.  Registration & refreshments 9am.  Workshop 9:30am.   $10.00.  Structural requirements, the building blocks of a green roof, examples of pre-fab systems, popular plant choices, and experts to contact in the area.

1/23 SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING

1/28  PRUNING WORKSHOP at Grumblethorpe,  5267 Germantown Ave. (at Queen Lane), by Philadelphia Orchard Project Director Phil Forsyth, 1-3pm.  Dress warmly.  A good portion of the class will be held outdoors.  Minimum donation of $10.00.  (limit 20 people, RSVP required).  Bring pruners if you have them.  RSVP Heather Zimmerman 215-837-6096

3/24-25  HOME GROWN INSTITUTE
* Free gifts - rain barrels or composters - for ALL registrants
* 50+ skills workshops and activities for adults
* Fun, Engaging and Educational Kids and Teen program
* Storytelling, Seed and Tool Exchanges
* Films, Silent Auction and Awards Reception
* Neighborhood “Community Kitchen” Incubator
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YOUR LETTERS

“It’s great to see all this important news you are spreading.  I’m looking to make a transition out of being a Realtor and into something that leverages my technical education in electronics and my masters in Management of technology.  I registered on your site today.  Any other good resources that you can think of?”  –Drew
—[REPLY] Highly recommend subscribing (free) to North American Clean Energy magazine.  Thousands of new electronic products are being developed and marketed for both solar and wind energy.
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“Once I find a good community bank (like the one in Cuba, NY) or a good credit union, I’ll switch my checking account.  Having occupied Wall St., we now need to withdraw! Any suggestions?”  –John D
—[REPLY]  Philly has dozens of credit unions and several community banks. You can even start a credit union.  Check the National Credit Union Association.  I’ve recently written “Occupy Philly: A Green Agenda,” and “Labor: the New Gold Standard.”
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“We’ve never met but I’m an avid reader of your Green Jobs Philly News. I even found my internship on the jobs list and it has been an amazing experience!”  –Julia Dougherty
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“I am currently working on helping individuals and families with moving from a debtor to a “secured party creditor” through the redemption process. Are you familiar with it. It basically empowers people to take charge of all and any of their commercial affairs by acting as the real “holder in due course” and not abdicating that right to corporate entities including those operating as governments. Currently i consult on an individual basis, hoping to teach classes in the near future. Part of my offerings involve teaching people how to negotiate with IRS and navigate the Internal Revenue Code. I would like to work with a “tax consultant” who is interested in helping me to offer those services to people. Can you recommend anyone, someone?
—As I mentioned, i admire your true community economic development approach and I look forward to the time where I can work with you on a more formal basis.”  –Nathaniel Bracey
—[REPLY]  It is important for anyone asserting that they are a “secured party creditor” to read the WikiPedia page.
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“Thanks for your brilliant work assisting the Philly community to transition to the Green Economy. I am writing to ask you to read the attached paper on localizing the creation and distribution of money and give me your comments.  My work is to get this cloud based, massively networked system of locally owned and operated credit clearing exchanges up and operating, hopefully before the wheels come off of the political money system. You could help me with this effort if you would be willing to endorse this approach and perhaps even lend your expertise to get it launched.”  –Frank Nuessle, Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Dynamics, University of Pennsylvania
—[REPLY] Your suggestions are clear and important.  We need to begin a national transition from dollars to HOUR-denominated money, to ensure that sufficient money is available in every neighborhood, backed by real goods and services, inflation-resistant, and controlled by Americans rather than multinationals.  I’ve written the book shown at right.
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“I wanted to reach out to you to tell you a little bit about my friend who is interested in moving to Philadelphia. She would bring with her tons of experience and would be a great benefit to Philly’s green scene.  I’m trying to point her in the right direction as to what companies she should be applying for and wanted to ask you for your advice and expertise.  She’s an amazing woman and has done a lot in Chattanooga and would like to bring her skills and knowledge more north.  Any advice or guidance would be very helpful.”  –L.H.
—[REPLY]  Your friend has fine experience that can translate here well.  I’d recommend she attend meetings of the Sustainable Business Network and read Grid magazine and read current and back issues of Green Jobs Philly News.  She can upload her resume.  Check Philadelphia Green Hospitality and my article “Prepare for the Best” which lays out a green agenda.
—Going to meetings and festivals is the best way to get hired, I believe.
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“I created a funny little cartoon to inspire people to stop using plastic shopping bags.  If you like it, and think it’s appropriate, please forward it or include it in the newsletter.  Thanks!”  –Noemi de la Puente
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“I have been reading through your essays, and I must say I am impressed - just like I am with a few other solutions I have come across in the past 1-2 years.  Local currency certainly has a vote of confidence from me, but I would like to ask a lot of questions, if that is okay.?  This information regarding your work hasn’t traveled far enough, maybe I can help change that?”  –Derek Jones
—[REPLY]  Sure, questions and help are welcome, thanks!
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“I subscribe to your newsletter and wanted to tell you that I find it well worth the time to read it.  Great job!”  — Gail Crane, Consultant to the Federation of Neighborhood Centers and Director, Philadelphia Office Blackstone Consulting