Politics & Policy in Transition Webinar Series – Making the Green New Deal a Reality

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Part of the Politics & Policy in Transition Webinar Series. This series is hosted by the Transition US Politics & Policy Working Group. We have designed it to share successful models of policy approaches and political engagement that local Transition Initiatives and other community groups can take to begin transforming their local economic, social, cultural, ecological, and political systems. Each webinar will be devoted to a specific topic or example and hosted by people centrally involved in it. The goal is to share our stories with each other to deepen our own existing work and to brainstorm new initiatives to spread the Transition message as far and wide as we can!

Join us for a "deep dive" into what the Green New Deal is and where it came from. We will also discuss the current status of national efforts and explore how folks are attempting to implement these ideas on the ground in Santa Barbara, California.

David Cobb is a “people’s lawyer” who has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. In 2004, he was the Green Party nominee for President, forcing a recount in Ohio that helped launch the Election Integrity movement. He co-founded Move To Amend and served as the campaign manager for the 2016 Jill Stein presidential campaign. He currently works at Cooperation Humboldt, and serves on the Board of Directors of the US Solidarity Economy Network and the Collaborative Design Council of Transition US.

Gloria Matera serves as co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and co-chair of the Green Party of New York. She has been an organizer in socialist and left independent politics in the Green Party, System Change Not Climate Change, and Left Elect. Gloria directs a child life program at a public hospital that serves a largely low income, immigrant population. She is a long-time board member of Physicians for a National Health Program and active in the single-payer movement.


With a background in community organizing, nonprofit fundraising, and environmental activism (formerly with Greenpeace USA), Jessica Alvarez Parfrey prides herself in forever seeking transformative opportunities for radical collaboration and community co-creation. Jessica is a co-founder and volunteer facilitator for the Eco Vista Transition Initiative, and currently serves as the President of the Isla Vista Community Development Corporation. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2018, and is driven to develop opportunities for meaningful dialogue, community-based strategy, and design informed by decolonized practice and methodologies.

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