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July 29: 10:30AM Press Conference will Support President Obama’s Clean Power Plan Governor Markell (D-DE) will be joined by leading environmental advocates at EPA hearing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On July 29, a 10:30AM press conference organized by a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including Sierra Club, Moms Clean Air Force, Interfaith Power & Light, National Wildlife Federation, and Climate Action Coalition, will demonstrate strong support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan outside of its office during citizen testimony hearings on the plan.
What: Press conference in support of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Governor Jack Markell, (D-DE) Senator Jeff Merkley, (D-OR) Senator Ed Markey, (D-MA) Dr. Cindy Parker, Board Member, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Professor, Johns Hopkins University Cristobal Alex, President, Latino Victory Project Mark Magaña, President and Founder, Green Latinos Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus
When: July 29, 2014, 10:30AM
Location: William Jefferson Clinton Building, East 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20460 (Outside building on 12th Street NW, between Constitution and Pennsylvania)
Rain Location: National Press Club First Amendment Lounge, 13th Floor 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045
About the Speakers:
Governor Markell, 53, was born and raised in Newark, Delaware and graduated from Newark High School along with his wife, Carla. He went on to receive an undergraduate degree in economics and development studies from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Governor Markell is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife Carla and their two children.
Senator Jeff Merkley is focused on getting our nation back on track and Oregonians back to work. He has released a nationally recognized plan to eliminate overseas oil by 2030 by boosting deployment of electric vehicles, increase travel options and improve infrastructure, develop alternative transportation fuels and reduce the use of oil to heat buildings. To take on the high-risk Wall Street trading that got us into the financial crisis, Merkley worked with Senator Carl Levin of Michigan to include in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act new limits on risky trading by banks. Merkley worked to end deceptive retail mortgage lending practices, and led successful efforts to pass a ban on both hidden steering payments to reward selling consumers high-risk and high-cost home loans, and on prepayment penalties, which locked people into those bad loans.
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) has amassed an unparalleled record of energy and environmental legislative achievements. He has consistently fought to create new jobs in American clean energy and served as a leading consumer champion against rising gas prices and foreign oil. He is the principal House author of the 2007 fuel economy law, which will increase fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, the first increase in a generation. He also is the author of the appliance efficiency act of 1987, which stopped the construction of hundreds of coal-fired plants. Senator Markey authored the law that established the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, ensuring that New England families won’t be left out in the cold when oil prices spike. And he is the author of the revolutionary law that requires electricity regulators to open up the wholesale electric power market for the first time.
Dr. Cindy Parker, MD, MPH, is on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she co-directs the Program on Global Sustainability and Health. She recently co-authored the book Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk. Dr. Parker is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, where she is Vice Chair of the Environmental Health Committee. She also serves on the National Board of Directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Mark Magaña is the President and founder of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino environmental, natural resources and conservation leaders. Mark is also the founder and principal of the Hispanic Strategy Group, a government and public relations consulting firm. Mr. Magaña is the first Latino to serve as senior staff at the White House and Congressional leadership – and as Special Assistant to President Clinton for Legislative Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair, Robert Menendez. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and baby daughter where he serves on the board of the League of Conservation Voters and the Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice. In 2010 he was named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine, and one of the 10 Game Changers in the Green movement by the Huffington Post. Rev. Yearwood is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and currently lives in Washington, DC.
Cristóbal J. Alex: Prior to launching the Latino Victory Project, Cristóbal spent more than five years in philanthropy serving at both the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation. During that time Cristóbal led more than $60M in investments designed to increase political participation in communities that have been historically excluded from our democracy. While at the Ford Foundation, Cristóbal managed the Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation initiative, the second largest initiative within the Foundation, working to increase voter participation and removing structural barriers to political participation. Previously, Cristóbal served as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, where he led a coalition of more than 100 organizations. He also practiced civil rights law with Seattle-based MacDonald Hoague & Bayless. A native of El Paso, Texas, Cristóbal received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as the student body president.