A coalition of groups from the Twin Ports are hosting an event Saturday, April 27, in downtown Duluth with the goal of mobilizing support for the Green New Deal, a four-part transitional plan to address climate change.
The Green New Deal Action Summit features Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth as the keynote speaker, a panel of local experts and breakout discussions on a variety of topics and strategies, such as legislative plans, labor organizing and the Green New Deal; direct action; regenerative agriculture; clean water issues; and national security/veterans affairs in relation to climate change.
The event will be held at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. Second St. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a traditional opening by Skip Sandman.
LaDuke's keynote address, "Lighting the Eighth Fire, Creating the Next Economy," is scheduled at 10:30 a.m.
The panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. features LeaAnn Littlewolf (American Indian Community Housing Organization), Jamie Harvey (Bag it Duluth), Joel Sipress (Twin Ports Democratic Socialists of America), Brett Pence (Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light) and James Hietala (Sierra Club).
The event should conclude at 3 p.m., leaving time in the day for attendees "to join an optional action in the community related to the Husky Refinery fire and threats posed by Husky resuming its operations," according to a news release.
The Green New Deal Action Summit is free, but freewill donations will be accepted at the door. Any excess funds raised will be donated to AICHO. A lunch will be served and children's activities are planned.