March 3 we vote; March 4th we keep fighting for Renter Representation in Davis & Yolo County! This is a long journey that goes beyond any kind of electoral politics. We need to build a movement of renters locally!!
Last month we hosted a Renter Roundtable Event at Davis Coworking Space where we heard stories from renters and collectively figured out some ways we can organize to make sure that our needs as renters are being met, and that we are being properly represented.
We plan on hosting another Renter Roundtable, likely in April to keep the conversation going and move towards tangible solutions for local renters. Are you interested in staying in the loop and helping us organize for affordable housing and renters rights/protections? Fill out the form below! All info submitted is private and secured.
Voting day, March 3, is upon us!!
When deciding to run for Yolo County Supervisor, my main goal was not to win the election, but to help catalyze a collaborative effort within Yolo County towards a “just transition” to a healthy future that protects clean water, clean air, healthy air, and to build life-supporting and equity-building economies and infrastructure within our communities.
This will be an ongoing effort regardless of what happens on March 3. We will need participation and expertise from all kinds of people to make this a reality. It will be no easy task but if there is anything I have learned in my last 10 years of research, it is that only though a collective vision that empowers people to be part of the process, that great things are possible.
Gone are the days where we wait for an individual to save us. We are the ones we have been waiting for!!
Will you join us? Fill out the short form below if you want to get updates and opportunities for involvement in the effort to bring a Local Green New Deal to Yolo County!!
by Dennis Natusch
Climate change is happening everywhere, from the hundreds of Californians had to flee their homes during the fires to the local farmers, anxiously awaiting the next dry season. Every aspect of life as we know it is threatened by climate change. Scientists maintain that if we don’t cut our emissions in the next 10 years, we’ll hit 2 degrees celsius of warming.
The only legislative document that can reverse this is The Green New Deal, as was presented by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It‘s not enough to talk about renewable energy. We need to restructure our society to make all our lives better. The GND promises millions of high-paying, green jobs, improved infrastructure, affordable housing, cleaner air, and cheaper, publicly owned energy.
As an exchange student from Germany, I’ve become invested in American politics and the parallels between our countries. Why do we grant tax cuts to the wealthiest? Why do we subsidize fossil fuels, if renewables are cheaper to implement? Why does your country spend more than half of its federal spending on the military? We can’t afford to secure our future, yet we can afford to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on bailing out banks.
Even though I can’t vote here, I volunteer for Bernie Sanders‘ campaign. But there is a lot to win on the local level too. Plans for efficient and affordable housing are not born in Washington DC but here in Yolo County. Trump can’t choose between adding another lane to the highway or expanding public transport. That is why I campaign for David Abramson, the only candidate for Yolo County Superviser that supports a Local Green New. He is a renter from Davis with a strong connection to this community. In fact, we met at a community art build for the climate strikes.
If we work together, we can face the biggest challenge of our time and carry the torch for a Green New Deal everywhere.”
“I support David Abramson for Yolo County Supervisor, District 4! He is bringing exactly what we need to the table — substantial, feasible, and detailed legislation and community collaboration to address the climate crisis — a local Green New Deal.
Abramson is focusing on the most complex issue of my generation and gives me hope that I will have a livable and breathable future. Although other candidates are focusing on important issues, Abramson’s platform focuses on modifying the economy in such a way that Yolo County will be more environmentally, economically and socially just.
Some may point fingers on the culprit for climate change, but we are all just victims of a faulty system. We need to focus on solutions and I believe with Abramson’s leadership, Yolo County will become a great example for others. Even though climate change is a global problem, it may only be addressed with local, tangible solutions! I study Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning at UC Davis and I am confident that the Green New Deal will advance the county’s economy while deliberately improving the well-being of the community.”
Costanza Gonzalo is one of the people here locally who has inspired me to get to work on a Local Green New Deal! She is a member of Sunrise Movement Davis, who are part of a nationwide network of hubs fighting for a National Green New Deal to overhaul our entire infrastructure and energy system and make a just transition to a beyond-sustainable future.
I see Costanza as one of the bright leaders of the future and I’m inspired by her hope and will to make change in our community and being a voice for clean water, clean air, and a healthy planet.