#Divest4Democracy | Twitter Town Hall
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It’s no secret that the fossil fuel industry uses its money and power to push for energy policies that ensure they will continue to profit at the expense of people and the planet. The fossil fuel divestment movement has committed to divest $3.4 trillion in assets held by 500+ institutions from fossil fuel industry investments. We have shown our economic power and now it’s time to show our political power. For democracy to work, we must divest the fossil fuel industry’s money and power from our political system.

On April 26, 2016, we held the Divest for Democracy, Invest for a Just Transition Twitter Town Hall, a one-hour panel discussion that connects how the fossil fuel industry uses campaign contributions and lobbying to secure government subsidies and continued extraction on public lands, and how we are mobilizing against the industry. See the conversation archive.

Town Hall Panelists:

Yong Jung Cho (moderator)

Yong Jung Cho is the campaign coordinator at 350.org and 350 Action. Yong Jung got her start in politics in college by working on a congressional race in Pennsylvania, where she saw the power of political engagement. Yong Jung has worked on environmental campaigns across the country, most recently organizing with students in the Southwest on campus fossil fuel divestment. With 350 Action, she’s been supporting students and young people to powerfully ask candidates questions about their climate platforms and how they’ll keep fossil fuels in the ground. She’s also interested in investigating how single-issued campaigns and how movements can be more powerful by being intersectional. Yong Jung’s recent projects include the People’s Climate March, where she organized as the Youth and Student Coordinator and the Our Generation, Our Choice mobilization.

@yongjungc  |  www.350.org

Eva Resnick-Day

Eva Resnick-Day is the Democracy Organizer for Greenpeace USA. Eva got her start in college working to pass a city wide ban of fracking in Pittsburgh, marking the first fracking ban in the world. She learned about the severity of climate change, and decided that if she didn’t step up to empower and organize a mass movement, she didn’t know who would. Eva has worked on campaigns across the country including getting Wilmar International, a 50 billion dollar company in Singapore to go 100% Deforestation and exploitation free. Eva started with Greenpeace as a National Coordinator, working to build groups across the country to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. Now she works as a Democracy Organizer to empower voters to push all presidential and down ballot candidates to reject fossil fuel money, champion voting rights and campaign finance reform along the trail. A video of Eva asking Clinton to reject future fossil fuel donations recently went viral, and started a conversation about fossil fuel donations and money in politics on a national scale.

@eresnickday  |  @greenpeaceusa  |  www.greenpeace.org

David Turnbull

David Turnbull is the Campaigns Director of Oil Change International, working on both domestic and international campaigns to end fossil fuel subsidies, and to slow the spread of dirty energy money and fossil fuel infrastructure from tar sands and fracking. Prior to his current position with Oil Change, David was Executive Director of Climate Action Network – International from 2008 to early 2012. At CAN­International, he worked to coordinate the Network of 700 hundred NGOs in dozens of countries to develop and advocate for global solutions to the climate crisis. Earlier, David was Communications Director of the US Climate Action Network, where he coordinated joint communications efforts for US NGOs focused on climate change. Before joining CAN, David worked at the World Resources Institute as a Coordinator for a pair of international networks working to promote inclusive and accountable environmental governance. In a previous incarnation, David spent time on a mountaintop observing the “world’s worst weather” and conducting climate research at the Mount Washington Weather Observatory in New Hampshire.

@david_turnbull  |  www.priceofoil.org

Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth is the national Keep It In The Ground campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is a digital media producer and a dedicated organizer. A public speaker, activist, performer and event emcee, Dallas has traveled across Turtle Island aka North America sharing story, entertainment and knowledge. He is Dakota and Dine.

@g0ldtooth  |  www.ienearth.org

Nay’Chelle Harris

Nay’Chelle Harris is a member of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), a St. Louis­-based organization working at the intersections of economic, climate, and racial justice in the region. Her introduction to the dangers of extraction­-based industries began with an internship at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she worked on its campaign against the Pacific Rim Mining Corporation in El Salvador. This resistance continued through her time as a student organizer with WashU Students Against Peabody, a two week long sit­-in to compel the university to remove Peabody Energy’s former CEO from its board of trustees. Her recent work involves ensuring corporations like Peabody are held accountable to workers and impacted communities in the wake of bankruptcy and divestment, in order to ensure a just transition from fossil fuels to truly clean energy through MORE’s Power Behind the Police campaign.

@chellenayrenae  |  organizemo.org  |  Pay Up Peabody petition

Patrick Young

Patrick Young is a Pittsburgh-based labor and climate-justice organizer. Patrick is a member of the Rising Tide North America Collective. Rising Tide is a continent-wide network of grassroots environmental justice and climate justice organizations working to confront the root causes of climate change. Patrick is a graduate of Cornell University’s school of Industrial and Labor Relations and he has an extensive background in community organizing, union campaigning, shareholder advocacy, and non-violent direct action.


Kali Akuno

Kali Akuno is a founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of worker cooperatives and supporting institutions, such as the Fannie Lou Hammer Community Land Trust, the Southern Reparations Loan Fund, and the Jackson Human Rights Institute in Jackson, MS. Kali served as Director of Special Projects and External Funding for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and is a long standing member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

@CooperationJXN  |  www.cooperationjackson.org

Iliana Salazar-Dodge

Iliana Salazar-­Dodge is a senior at Columbia University studying Sustainable Development and Mathematics. She has been organizing around fossil fuel divestment since fall 2012 and recently helped found the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network, a network which unites social justice activist groups on campus. She has studied financial mechanisms of Argentina’s solidarity economy, and is currently supporting student organizers who are launching reinvestment campaigns.