In partnership with The Center for Popular Democracy

Addressing Climate Change: One Community at a Time -

A conversation on climate legislation and climate profiteers


Please join veteran activist and organizer Steve Dooley, Director of Partnerships at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), in a conversation about climate and environmental justice, climate profiteers, and its impact on local communities. Steve will share recent campaigns and wins, as well as a recent CPD study on communities and climate. Steve will be in conversation with Jennifer Epps-Addison, Center for Popular Democracy co-executive director and network president.

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a grassroots network that helps give voice to immigrants, working families, and communities of color. Since its founding in 2012, CPD has played a key role in winning local policies that have impacted the lives of over 25 million people, including labor reforms, racial equity, rebuilding Puerto Rico, immigration and sanctuary cities, democratic and voting reforms, and criminal justice issues, including addressing private prisons and detention centers.

About Steve Dooley:
Steve is a national organizer with CPD, and supports CPD’s organizing and capacity building, climate justice, and national fightback teams. His organizing and capacity building work focuses on providing strategic development and campaign building support to base-building organizations and organizing alliances throughout the country. With others at CPD, Steve founded CPD’s climate justice work and he continues to help direct local, regional, and national initiatives – driven by disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color – to address the climate crisis. Steve also supports CPD’s work to fightback against and advance a just society in the face of the current national right-wing agenda, coordinating the engagement and actions of organizing groups nationwide in this effort.

Steve’s organizing career started at ACORN in Washington, DC and he later directed ACORN’s offices in Dallas/Fort Worth. After ACORN, he served as outreach director for the Active Citizen Project, a national social justice effort, was Executive Director of the base-building organization Maryland Communities United, and helped to lead the development of the community organizing program of Our DC, a project of the Service Employees International Union. Prior to his current roles at CPD, Steve served as the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region for CPD and for the Leadership Center for the Common Good, before its merger with CPD in late 2013.

Moderated by Jennifer Epps-Addison:
Jennifer Epps-Addison serves as the President and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action's network of 49 partner organizations in 33 states. As President, Jennifer leads CPD’s racial justice campaigns, and works closely with its network of local affiliates. Jennifer boasts over 15 years of community organizing experience, advancing systems-change campaigns for economic and racial justice. Prior to joining CPD, Epps-Addison was the Chief Program Officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation, a social justice foundation in Los Angeles that funds grassroots community organizing campaigns for social change. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Epps-Addisonhelped coordinate the Fight for $15 campaign as the Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now.

About The Center for Popular Democracy:
The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

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