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July National Call
July 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
7PM (Eastern) | 4PM (Pacific)
The Vision for Equitable Climate Action
Drafted by the USCAN Equitable and Ambitious Climate Vision Action Team, Rev. Michael Malcom, David Arkush, Steve Simon and Bob Yuhnke will join us to discuss this critical climate policy agenda.
The climate crisis affects all of us, in almost every aspect of our lives. And the solutions to global warming touch every part of the country and the economy. The Vision for Equitable Climate Action (VECA) is a roadmap for how we can prevent the worst of global warming, in ways that will make communities safer, families more secure, our economy more stable, our environment healthier and more sustainable, and our country more just and equitable.
From clean energy to agriculture, from transportation to healthcare, VECA shows that taking on the climate crisis with the urgency and ambition that is needed can be done in ways that benefit us all. This agenda was created over the course of a year, by a diverse team of 176 people from 106 organizations, from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Through that, VECA shows that people throughout the country can come together, share their knowledge and experience, and create a broad and comprehensive plan of action.
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Reverend Michael Malcom is the Executive Director of Alabama Interfaith Power and Light and a licensed and ordained United Church of Christ Minister. Rev Malcom is the Senior Pastor of Rush Memorial Congregational UCC in Atlanta, GA. He is also the Founder of Martha’s Corner, Inc. and The People’s Justice Council which are 501(c)3 non-profits and the Environmental Justice Representative for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is currently the co-chair of the Building Power from the Grassroots Task Force with Climate Action Network International, and the co-chair of the Environmental Justice working group for the Southeast Climate and Energy Network.
David Arkush is the managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program. He has broad experience advocating for consumers before all three branches of government, having lobbied extensively before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies and litigated complex cases in the federal courts.
David spent five years directing Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where he led strategic research and organizing campaigns and played an instrumental role in the passage of laws including the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. A TIME Magazine profile of David notes that he has “advocated for consumer protection, advised breaking up the largest, too-big-to-fail banks and addressed other industry-structure issues, while investigating the financial sector’s myriad ties to the government.” David has also taught Administrative Law and Legislation at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Frequently consulted for his wide-ranging expertise on climate change, energy policy, consumer protection, administrative law, financial services regulation, access to justice and money in politics, David has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and been quoted by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, Bloomberg, POLITICO, Roll Call and The Hill.
David received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review, and his bachelor’s degree with honors from Washington University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.