Think 100% Earth Month Events: Paris to Pittsburgh Film Screenings

Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100% Platform Screens Paris to Pittsburgh Documentary in Cities Across America for Earth Month to Inspire More Grassroots Action in Communities Impacted First and Worst by Climate Change

Documentary distributed by National Geographic tells stories of climate impacts and communities leading on climate solutions in diverse places across the U.S. This Earth Month grassroots screening series will inspire locally led action in 10 major cities across the country.

Washington D.C. (April 11, 2019) – Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change has partnered with Paris to Pittsburgh producers to screen the recently released National Geographic film at community events Hip Hop Caucus’ city based Leadership Committees have organized. The free screenings will bring together community leaders, advocates, cultural influencers, local government officials, and young people to inspire local climate action. The events will be held throughout the month of April, which is Earth Month, in Orlando, FL, Harlem, NY, Charlotte, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Detroit, MI, New Orleans, LA, Miami, FL, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, CA, and Boston, MA.

Paris to Pittsburgh is a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, and narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan. The film brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards and highlights urban and rural communities’ climate solutions.  

Communities of color and low-income communities are impacted first and worst by climate change. Paris to Pittsburgh does an excellent job telling diverse stories about both climate impacts on people and climate solutions people and local governments are implementing.,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO and Think 100% Show Co-host. “Everyone can play a role in solving climate change, and the film shows that there is hope in that. We are thrilled that through our Think 100% storytelling platform and our grassroots Leadership Committees we can share Paris to Pittsburgh with local leaders and influencers to educate and move more people to action.

The film’s title refers to President Trump’s statement when he announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” The Mayor of Pittsburgh immediately countered that their city would stick to their commitments to do their part to meet the Paris agreement targets and hundreds of cities followed suit, signing the “We Are Still In” declaration.. Through leadership in states and cities, the United States is more than halfway to its Paris Agreement commitments despite federal inaction.  

The free screenings will feature discussions sessions following the film and coordination of a collective action decided upon by the attendees to advance just-solutions to climate change in their local communities.

“Paris to Pittsburgh tells the stories of some the frontline communities who are grappling with the impacts of climate change, and more importantly, developing their own solutions,” said Antha Williams, head of Bloomberg Philanthropies environmental programs and consulting producer for Paris to Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to partner with Hip Hop Caucus to bring these stories to new audiences and build an even stronger climate movement to protect everyone.”

The screening series kicked off on April 4th last week in Orlando with a live production of Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, where conference attendees watched the film and took part in an interactive panel discussion with Chris Castro, film participant and Director of Sustainability & Resilience for the City of Orlando; Michelle Suarez, Regional Director of Organize Florida; Robin Harris, a local climate and environmental justice advocate; and guest Think 100% host Brandi Williams, Hip Hop Caucus Charlotte Coordinator. The rest of the screenings will take place throughout April.

Find the dates, locations, how to RSVP, and more about the screenings series at Think100.info/P2P and follow @Think100Show and @hiphopaucus on social media for the latest from the series this month.

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About Hip Hop Caucus (HipHopCaucus.org): Established in 2004, Hip Hop Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, Hip Hop Caucus addresses core issues impacting young people, underserved, and vulnerable communities. Hip Hop Caucus programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org and follow @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Think 100% (Think100.info):Think 100% – The Coolest Show on Climate Change” is Hip Hop Caucus’ award-winning multimedia platform that highlights solutions to climate change and environmental injustices, including a just transition to 100% clean energy for all. More at Think100.info and follow @Think100Show on Twitter and Instagram.

Special Episode: Governor Jay Inslee is running for President with climate action #1


Governor Jay Inslee is running for President and joins the Think 100% Show to discuss why addressing climate change with equity and justice should be the top priority of our elected leaders.

Episode 44: “If it’s not number one, it’s not going to get done.”

Governor Jay Inslee (WA) is running for President of the United States with action on climate change as his number one priority. In this special episode of Think 100%, he sits down with our co-host Mustafa Santiago Ali to breakdown how he, as the Governor of Washington state, has put communities of color at the forefront of climate solutions and the need for diversity in the environmental movement.

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Nathan Phillips, Indigenous Leaders, and Catholic Priest Speak Out [Jan 29, 2019]


On last week’s episode we shared a clip of an interview our Think 100% Show co-host Rev Yearwood did with Nathan Phillips, the Native American elder and veteran who peacefully stepped in when the students of Covington Catholic High School had worked themselves into a mob on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial following the Indigenous People’s March on January 18th. The videos captured of the encounter were seen around the world and while the initial response was of almost universal horror at the bigotry displayed, within days the narrative had shifted and even President Trump weighed in with support for the Catholic school students.


This special episode of Think 100% aired on the day we remember the Bear River Massacre that took place January 29, 1863. We dive into what happened on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, what the Indigenous People’s Movement is about, what our climate movement can do to follow the knowledge, wisdom and expertise of Indigenous people’s across this country and world, and the crossroads the Catholic Church is at today between a culture of division and bigotry, or a vehicle of peace and nonviolence.


Our guests are inspiring leaders who help us understand what this all means in historical, spiritual, religious, cultural, and political context. We talk with Nathan Phillips, Chase Iron Eyes of Lakota Law Project, Quese IMC, an award winning recording artist and cultural activist, Phyllis Young, of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Father John Dear, a Catholic priest who has spent 40 years advocating for nonviolence.


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Follow Our Hosts:@AntoniqueSmith@RevYearwood@EJinAction


WATCH: Commemorating 10 Years of Respect My Vote!

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Over the past 10 years, Respect My Vote! has engaged millions of people during election cycles throughout the United States. It has help set the stage for major cultural shifts towards awareness, activism, and empowerment. In 2018, Respect My Vote! is not slowing down. This is our moment.

To commemorate the Respect My Vote! 10-year anniversary, check out this video we just launched featuring new music by the Black Eyed Peas. WATCH:

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The campaign has been blessed to have amazing partners and spokespeople, including T.I., Charlamagne tha God, Keke Palmer, 2 Chainz, Amber Rose, Vic Mensa, Future, and hundreds of other artists, community leaders, and organizations. We’re also grateful for the support from Hip Hop Caucus members like you. Thank you all for being a part of this campaign to create positive change!

There is so much at stake for all of us in the elections this year and state voter registration deadlines are almost here. So right now we need you to make sure everyone you know is prepared. Send them to RespectMyVote.com today!

Be Prepared for the November 6th Elections:

Share this video online using #RespectMyVote and tag us @HipHopCaucus so we can share your post. 

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PRESS RELEASE: Amber Rose Joins ‘Respect My Vote!’ ahead of Midterm Elections

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Nakia Hicks, Media@HipHopCaucus.org, 202-293-5902

 

Amber Rose Joins ‘Respect My Vote!’ and Gives Her Top 10 Reasons We Should Vote in the Midterm Elections

 

Rose and her annual Amber Rose SlutWalk have partnered with Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! Campaign to Mobilize Women and Everyone Who Cares About Women to the Polls on 11/6/18

 

Los Angeles, CA (September 19, 2018) – Activism is the theme of the 2018 Amber Rose SlutWalk taking place in Los Angeles, CA on October 6th, exactly one month before the midterm elections. Rose has partnered with Hip Hop Caucus’ non-partisan Respect My Vote! campaign as a spokesperson and to collaborate on a special seven week campaign leading up to Election Day on November 6th, to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to the polls on women’s issues.

To kick off the partnership, Amber Rose SlutWalk and Respect My Vote! released Amber Rose’s Top 10 Reasons We Should Vote, focused on the ways in which those we elect make critical decisions on policies that can either bring us towards greater equality and opportunity for women, or set us back.

“I am committed to ending rape culture and slut shaming and empowering women with the freedom to be who they want to be and achieve what they want to achieve,” said Amber Rose, producer, radio and television personality, author, entrepreneur, and founder of Amber Rose SlutWalk. “We are working to change the culture, but we also have to change our laws to fully protect women from harassment, get justice for violence against women, and ensure equal opportunity for women at work and in school. That is why activism is the theme of SlutWalk this year. We are going to exercise our activism by voting. I am excited to partner with Hip Hop Caucus on the ‘Respect My Vote!’ campaign. We are going from the poles to the polls!”

Amber Rose’s Top 10 Reasons We Should All Vote are featured on her Respect My Vote! pledge to vote page at respectmyvote.com/amberrose. The 10 reasons are what Rose along with SlutWalk and Hip Hop Caucus voters are calling on candidates and elected officials to fight for on behalf of women: #1 Rape and Violence Against Women; #2 Reproductive Health; #3 Equal Pay; #4  Mass Incarceration; #5 LGBTQ Equality; #6 Paid Family Leave; #7 Sexual Harassment; #8 Immigration; #9 Environmental Justice & Health; #10 Student Loans and Education. Full text here: respectmyvote.com/amberrose/#top-ten-reasons.

Also at respectmyvote.com/amberrose people can register to vote and pledge to vote. When people take the pledge to vote, they will receive text and email updates from Rose and Respect My Vote! that inspire people to vote, and that also provide information on polling locations, what to bring to the polls, and how to protect your vote. Rose will also be using her social media platform and the platform of SlutWalk to provide inspiration and information about voting.

Women voters and especially women voters of color are defining the midterm elections and Amber Rose and SlutWalk’s commitment to empowering young voters is a powerful testament to the leadership in and for our culture,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, the non-profit organization behind Respect My Vote!.  “We are not only calling on women voters to go to the polls, we are also calling on all people who care about women to vote in the interest of equality and opportunity for women. Hip Hop Caucus is honored to be partnered with Amber Rose SlutWalk for the 10 year anniversary of our Respect My Vote! campaign.

Respect My Vote! will be releasing an Amber Rose special edition Respect My Vote! shirt for SlutWalk on October 6th. The shirt will represent the essence of the power of women at the polls. Prior to SlutWalk, Respect My Vote! will also join Amber Rose Foundation on October 2nd at University of Southern California for OpenED, an open, edgy and empowering fireside chat with Amber Rose and movement leaders, including Hip Hop Caucus’ Executive Director and COO, Liz Havstad.

Last year’s SlutWalk made over a billion impressions online and had over 14,000 people in attendance, and this year the call to action from SlutWalk will be clear, to vote this November on the issues that most impact women’s lives.

Find out more about Respect My Vote! at respectmyvote.com and the partnership with Amber Rose SlutWalk at respectmyvote.com/amberrose. Get the details about Amber Rose SlutWalk on October 6, 2018 at amberroseslutwalk.com.

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Hip Hop Caucus (w0c.71c.mwp.accessdomain.com) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2004 that uses the power of Hip Hop culture to engage and empower young people and communities of color in the civic and political process. Follow @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Amber Rose Foundation (theamberrose.org): The Amber Rose Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to promote discussion about women’s rights and equality issues. Donations made to the Foundation are used to bring annual events such as this year’s 4th Annual Amber Rose SlutWalk Festival and 2nd Annual OpenED conversation, to life. But most importantly, your donation and support of the Foundation, helps the groups and organizations of people who have been subjected to slut shaming, judgment, stigma, victim blaming and sexual assault. For more information on The Amber Rose Foundation, please visit www.theamberrose.org.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: ​’Our Village’, Largest Community Convening During Global Climate Action Summit

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For Planning Purposes: September 10, 2018

*MEDIA ADVISORY* *PHOTO OP*

‘Our Village’, Largest Community Convening During Global Climate Action Summit, Uplifts 5 Demands for Climate Solutions and Justice 

Over 50 Indigenous Leaders from Around the World, Communities of Color from Across the U.S., and Climate Movement Allies, Convene at ‘Our Village’ for Presentations, Performances, Film, Art, Virtual Reality, and Storytelling

 

WHY: Our Village is bringing indigenous peoples, communities of color, and grassroots voices to the forefront of the Global Climate Action Summit hosted by California Governor Jerry Brown this week in San Francisco. All around the world local communities are responding to climate change with powerful resilience, innovative action, and a spirit that can profoundly impact our world. Our Village brings this spirit to the Global Climate Action Summit and invites people from all walks of life to participate in a community inspired by justice and our connection to the earth.

Our Village aims to explore solutions to five demands by communities of color, indigenous and local peoples who are on the frontline in the fight for a just and sustainable planet:

 

  1.  Ending Violence & Criminalization
  2. Ownership & Recognition
  3. Consent & Community Driven Decision Making
  4. Respect Ancestral Knowledge & Cultural Leadership
  5. Direct Funding & Finance

More about the five demands here: ourvillage.us/about-us

WHAT: Our Village is a culture hub and immersive experience bringing together global leaders, activists, artists, and cultural influencers. It is a space centered on climate solutions driven by indigenous communities and communities of color from within the United States and around the world. The four days of programming include dynamic presentations and panels, special performances, receptions, and compelling art, music, virtual reality exhibits, and film screenings. With free Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, beer and wine bar, and a comfy atmosphere, the venue is also a community corner for leaders from all over the world to meet, network, and deepen collaboration.

Our Village Highlights Include:

  • Opening Reception Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Guardianship of Earth: Featuring Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Rako Pasefika, Mia Kami, and Jeffry Feeger Tuesday Sept. 11, 5pm (Private Event, Press RSVP required ahead of time)
  • Over 20 Panel Presentations with over 75 Dynamic Speakers: Covering topics ranging from Clean Energy Democracy and Financing, Ancestral Knowledge, Community Resistance, Food Justice, Frontlines of Climate Disaster, Filmmaking, and Community Solutions and Innovation, find the full program here: ourvillage.us/programming
  • Awavena Virtual Reality Film: A Sundance selection from Emmy winning artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, for its first time on the West Coast playing at Our Village, limited access, press contact Our Village media contacts about viewing.
  • Think 100% Live Taping & Grist After Party: Featuring Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Mustafa Santiago Ali, Antonique Smith, Chip Giller, and DJ Davey D, Wednesday Sept. 12, 7:30pm
  • Live Interactive Community Art Project: An interactive prayer weaving in which any person or panelist can participate in creating, brought by Color Outside the Lines, a program that focuses on bringing art experiences to challenged communities, particularly youth.
  • Dark Money’ Documentary Screening and Q&A with Ann Ravel: Premiering on PBS this fall, this special screening will feature a Q&A with Ann Ravel, former Federal Election Commission Chair.
  • Short Participatory and Indigenous Made Films: screened daily
  • Closing Reception with Guardians of the Forest: Featuring the indigenous leaders from the ‘Guardians of the Forest’ campaign with performances by Dadang and prominent Bay Area DJs, Friday Sept 14, 6:00pm

Our Village is an official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit. Our Village is free and open to the public with RSVP at the event website: OurVillage.us

WHO:

Co-Presented by: Hip Hop Caucus and If Not Us Then Who

In partnership with: The Yurok Tribe, Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara – AMAN, Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques – AMPB, Coordinadora de las Organizaciones, Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica – COICA, Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil – APIB, Guardians of the Forest, Fondation Maisons du Monde, Nia Tero, The Tenure Facility, Pachamama Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Foundation USA, Amazon Watch, Color Outside the Lines, Climate Access, National African American Clergy Network, 350.org, Center for Environmental Health, As You Sow, Moving Forward Network, NextGen America, Lonely Whale, People’s Climate Movement, Climate Reality Project, Think 100%, Mongabay, Wallace Global Fund, Ford Foundation

Featuring: Over 75 speakers from around the world including: Antonique Smith, Grammy-Nominated Singer & Actress, Climate Movement Leader, Mina Setra, Deputy General Secretary of the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago (AMAN), Mustafa Santiago Ali, SVP, Hip Hop Caucus, and former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Associate Administrator, Ann Ravel, Senior Fellow, MapLight’s Digital Deception Project (Former Federal Elections Commission Chair), Diana Rios, Asheninka Peruvian Leader, Rhett Butler, Founder of Mongabay, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr., President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus, Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Bruce Parry, Director of ‘Tawai’, Dinamam Tuxa, Executive Coordinator of APIB, Valeria Paye Pereira, Coordination of the Representation of the COIAB, Tuntiak Patricio Katan Jua, Vice Coordinator of COICA, Lynne Twist, Co-Founder of Pachamama Alliance

Find more speakers here: ourvillage.us/our-village-community

Musical Performances from: Grammy-nominated singer and actress, Antonique Smith; live drums and electronic world music by KLNM; Luke Saqi playing live trumpet and world infused self produced electronic music; Indonesian musician Dadang; and, Pan Drummer experience by Joseph.

DJ Sets by: Bay Area legend, Davey D; Hip Hop and House Infused Global DJ Spekt1; Argentinian Cumbia DJ, El Papa Chango with live song and spoken word by Dakini Star

WHEN: September 11 – 14, 2018

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11: 5pm – 9pm (private event, press must confirm with Our Village media contacts ahead of time)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12: 8am – 11pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 13: 8am – 10pm
  • Friday, Sept. 14: 8am – 10pm

Full Schedule at: ourvillage.us/programming  

WHERE:

Covo, 981 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cross Street: 6th Street

Online: OurVillage.us

Social Media: #OurVillageGCAS / @hiphopcaucus / @ifnotus_thenwho / @Think100Show  

MEDIA CONTACT:

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Hip Hop Caucus (w0c.71c.mwp.accessdomain.com) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 2004 that uses the power of Hip Hop culture to engage and empower young people and communities of color in the civic and political process. Follow @hiphopcaucus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

If Not Us Then Who (ifnotusthenwho.me) ‘If Not Us Then Who’ is a U.S. registered charity, 501(c)(3) that supports a global awareness campaign highlighting the role indigenous and local peoples play in protecting our planet. We work in partnership with communities to make films, take photographs, curate content, commission local artists and host events. Our work aims to build lasting networks, target unjust policies, and advocate for greater rights for indigenous and local peoples to bring about positive social change. Follow @IfNotUs_ThenWho on Twitter, and IfNotUsThenWho on  Instagram and Facebook.

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RSVP for Special Live Taping of Think 100% in San Francisco!

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8:00pm – Wednesday, September 12

Downtown San Francisco

Covo, 981 Mission Street @ 6th

Free – RSVP at bit.ly/Think100inSF

 

Think 100% is hosted by Grammy-nominated singer and actress, Antonique Smith, and national civil, human rights, environmental and climate leaders, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Mustafa Santiago Ali. Special guests at this event will include leaders from communities on the front-lines of climate change, elected officials who are boldly leading, and cultural creators and artists who are reaching hearts and minds. We challenge environmental injustices and shares solutions to climate change, including a just transition to 100% clean energy for all. No sides, just stronger communities and a sustainable planet for future generations!

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This special episode is part of Our Village, an official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit.

Co-hosted by Hip Hop CaucusIf Not Us Then Who, and a coalition of partners, Our Village is a culture hub and immersive experience bringing together global leaders, activists, artists, and cultural influencers during the summit. It is a space centered on climate solutions driven by indigenous communities and communities of color from across the country and world.

From September 11-14, Our Village will feature dynamic presentations, special performances, networking receptions, and compelling art, music, virtual reality exhibits, and film screenings. Our Village is located at Covo, 981 Mission St. @ 6th Street, a short walk from the Moscone Center. With free Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, a beer and wine bar, and comfy atmosphere, the venue will also provide as a community corner for leaders from all over the world to meet, network and deepen collaboration. We invite you to join us!

We hope you can join us for this exciting week of events RSVP for individual sessions and events today as spots are filling up! Also, work it into your schedule to stop by and spend time in our Community Corner September 12th – 14th at any time. Follow us on social media for updates throughout the week @HipHopCaucus, add @IfNotUs_ThenWho@Think100Show, #OurVillageGCAS, #Think100. And stay updated on all events and happenings via OurVillage.us.

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PRESS RELEASE: Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line

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Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line 

Largest annual commemoration brings together New Orleans community, cultural leaders, and activists, with demands for remembrance, righting wrongs of an unjust recovery, and preventing future disasters

New Orleans, LA – Yesterday New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Hip Hop Caucus, Nuthin’ But Fire Records, Q93 FM, and several other community partners hosted the 13th Annual Hurricane Katrina March and Second Line.

The day’s events began with a healing ceremony next to the breached levee in the Lower Ninth Ward, followed by a march through the streets with hundreds of people which fed into a second line. The second line ended with a rally at Hunter’s Field hosted by Wild Wayne of Q93 and featured remarks and performances by a variety of prominent community and cultural leaders, including Rev Yearwood, Mia X, Sess 4-5, Hustlaz, Roi Anthony, Ms. Tee, Bobby Jean, Shorty World, Dmann, DJ Rabbit and DJ7.

This annual event serves as the largest annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on our communities. Each year this event honors the resiliency of the people, remembers the lives lost, and encourages further support for the communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

“We will never forget Katrina and what it did to our people,” said Sess 4-5, CEO of Nuthin’ But Fire Records, event organizer, leader of Hip Hop Caucus New Orleans, and recording artist and community activist. “We also want to shine a light on the fact that our communities still have not returned to what they were prior to the storm, in terms of access to good schools, public safety, jobs, and housing. We will keep on marching every year to remember those lost, bring our community closer together, and hold our elected leaders accountable so that they can right the wrongs of the past and create a better future for all.”

Participants throughout the day highlighted the ongoing struggle of families to live and thrive in post-Katrina New Orleans. They also called on leaders to do more to better prepare all communities to withstand future natural disasters by investing in smarter infrastructure and addressing climate change.

“The people of New Orleans will not forget those who were lost 13 years ago and it is incredibly powerful to march in the same streets where your relatives died,” said Rev Yearwood, President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus. “This anniversary is also a moment when leaders of our country are taking steps backwards on climate action. Their inaction leaves communities on the frontlines of climate change, like those across the Gulf Coast, more at risk from stronger storms and rising oceans. We stand in solidarity with our communities, Hurricane Katrina showed us these issues are life and death for our people.”

Organizers asked participants, supporters, and leaders to:

  • Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make August 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.
  • Right the wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice so that in the face of disaster, the poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.
  • Say never again: by calling for action on climate change from our world’s leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina and Harvey around the world.

About Hip Hop Caucus: Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org.

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Media@w0c.71c.mwp.accessdomain.com

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Community and cultural leaders during the healing ceremony where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward – Photo Courtesy of Mia X (IG: @themamamiax)


Rev Yearwood, President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, standing where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward

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Hip Hop Caucus Opposes Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

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Washington D.C. – In advance of the planned hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh next month in the United States Senate, Hip Hop Caucus and dozens of the nation’s leading environmental, legal, and advocacy organizations recently sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing their opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The letter details our opposition to his nomination, including the exert: “At a time when too many communities of color bear a disproportionate impact from toxic wastes, loose emission standards, dangerous petrochemical facilities and pipelines placed in their communities, we need a Supreme Court Justice that will combat environmental racism and fight for environmental justice for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, or income – not someone who will bar the courthouse doors on them.”

Read the full letter here. 

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Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line – Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary March & Second Line

NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY, HIP HOP ARTISTS, AND ACTIVISTS TO COMMEMORATE THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, CALL FOR A LEADERS TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

New Orleans, Louisiana – To remember the lives lost, honor the resiliency of the community, and advocate for the people most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Hip Hop Caucus, New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation, Nuthin’ But Fire Records, Q93, and numerous community partners are hosting the 13th annual Hurricane Katrina March & Second Line this Sunday, August 26, 2018.

As part of the commemorative day, organizers are asking participants and supporters to:

  • Remember: by calling on the state of Louisiana to make August 29 a holiday commemorating the lives lost in Katrina.
  • Right the Wrongs: by calling for racial and economic justice, so that in the face of disaster, poor and people of color are not left without the ability to rebuild communities with good schools, good jobs, and good public health and safety.
  • Say “Never Again”: by calling for action on climate change from local, state, federal and world leaders, otherwise we will only see more of these extreme weather events like Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria around the world.

The day’s events will begin with a healing ceremony next to the breached levee in the Lower Ninth Ward, followed by a march through the streets which will, in New Orleans tradition, feed into the a very large second line. The second line will end at Hunter’s Field with a rally hosted by Wild Wayne of radio station Q 93.

The event will feature speakers and performers including prominent community and cultural leaders. This event serves as the largest annual community based commemoration of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and shows first-hand the consequences of climate disasters on communities who thirteen years later are still recovering.

Photojournalists are welcome to capture this event that acknowledge the somberness of the occasion while celebrating the heart and soul of New Orleans.

WHAT: Hurricane Katrina 13th Anniversary – March & Second Line

WHEN: Sunday, August 26, 2018 – 10:00 AM EST

WHERE: From Jourdan Avenue & Galvez Street (Lower Ninth Ward) to Hunter Field (between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue) – New Orleans, Louisiana


SCHEDULE:

10:00am-10:30am – Healing Ceremony:

Lower Ninth Ward between North Galvez Street & Jourdan Avenue

A healing ceremony held right against the backdrop of where the levees broke in the Lower Ninth Ward. Community members gather for a multi-faith prayer and a reading of the names of those who died during Hurricane Katrina.

10:30am-12:30pm – March & second line:

The march will transition into a second line to Hunter’s Field. The second line will feature New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band.

12:30pm-4:30pm – Rally:

Hunter’s Field between North Claiborne Avenue & St. Bernard Avenue

An afternoon program with speakers and performers, vendors and community organizations, including Rev Yearwood, Mia X, Sess 4-5, Ms. Tee, Dmann, Hustlaz, Bobby Jean, Shorty, DJ7 and DJ Rabbit.


WHO:

Hosts:

  • Wild Wayne – Q93 On-Air DJ and New Orleans native

Second Line:

  • Led by famous New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band

Speakers and Performers:

  • Rev Yearwood, President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Mia X, pioneering rapper and recording artist from New Orleans
  • Sess 4-5, CEO Nuthin But Fire Records, recording artist and prominent community activist
  • Hustlaz
  • Ms. Tee
  • Bobby Jean
  • Shorty World
  • Dmann
  • DJ Rabbit
  • DJ7

WHY: This annual anniversary event will be the second line for the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The full day of activities will demonstrate the resilience of the community and honor the lives lost 13 years ago. The speakers and messages will also highlight the continued struggle of families to navigate post-Katrina New Orleans’ realities because of racial and economic inequities; and it will call on all of us to prevent any future disasters of this magnitude by addressing climate change.


CONTACT:

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Antoniewicz, mark@w0c.71c.mwp.accessdomain.com, 202-740-1177

FOR MORE INFO ON SECOND LINE: call Sess at 504-342-6977

About New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation: New Orleans Katrina Commemoration Foundation annually organizes the largest community-led remembrance event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29th.

About Hip Hop Caucus: Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting undeserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at HipHopCaucus.org.

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