Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Howie and Mark are doing a news conference in Poughkeepsie

Howie Hawkins and Mark Dunlea will hold a news conference in Poughkeepsie on Thursday August 9 to outline their call for a Green New Deal and climate action, including divesting the state pension fund from fossil fuels.

The news conference will be at 2:30 PM in Waryas Park along the Hudson River at the end of Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, received 5% of the vote for Governor in the last election. Dunlea, who served as Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of NYS for 28 years, has helped coordinate the state and NYC campaigns for 350.0rg on divestment. NYC recently agreed to divest.

The Green New Deal, which starts with transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2030, also targets public investments directly into the energy, housing, transportation, and water and sewage infrastructure of struggling community upstate and lower the costs of doing business by lowering energy, health care, broadband, and property tax costs. The Greens support a state carbon tax and a goal of 100% of all new vehicles being zero emission by 2025.