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Paris to Pittsburgh and also Paris to… Orlando, Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, Charlotte, and Boston. This is a story of movement building for climate solutions.

During our break between Seasons 1 and 2 of Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: Coolest Show on Climate Change we brought the documentary Paris to Pittsburgh to cities around the country for Earth Month 2019. Hip Hop Caucus’ city-based Leadership Committees hosted film screenings throughout April to inspire grassroots action in our communities that are impacted first and worst by the climate crisis. Check out some highlights from some of the screenings and what’s next!

Paris to Pittsburgh is a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The film depicts the devastating impacts of climate change happening to our communities right now, including stronger storms, rising seas, and longer drought and wildfire seasons.

As the stories of impacts unfold, the film shifts towards lighting a path towards a better future by focusing on real solutions that people at the frontlines of the climate crisis are already implementing in their communities and cities.

What does from Paris to Pittsburgh mean? Check out the film’s trailer below and on this Think 100% page with the details for the screenings.

Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future – and the explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement – ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.
Brandi Williams, Chris Castro, Michelle Suarez, and Robin Harris discuss climate impacts in Florida and building equitable solutions.

On April 4th, the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, we screened the film and held a discussion at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) in Orlando, Florida. In front of a packed audience of African American public administrators from around the country, Hip Hop Caucus Charlotte’s Coordinator and NFBPA member, Brandi Williams, hosted a post-film discussion about Orlando’s climate solutions efforts with Michelle Suarez, Regional Director of Organize Florida, Robin Harris, a local advocate, and Chris Castro, the Director of Sustainability & Resilience for the City of Orlando, who is featured in the film.

Brandi Williams, Hip Hop Caucus Charlotte, NC Coordinator, and Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando.

They talked about what steps Orlando is taking to address climate impacts and ensuring the public is at the forefront of policy solutions, including food access and innovative renewable energy deployment, to how grassroots activism is helping drive equitable solutions, including workforce development and connecting environmental health to the broader social justice movement.

The audience of public administrators were energized and excited to take the ideas and information discussed back to the cities and states they represent across the country.

Their dynamic discussion will soon be available as a Think 100%: Coolest Show on Climate Change special podcast episode. Stay tuned!

Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change partnered with “Paris to Pittsburgh” producers to screen the recently released National Geographic film at community events Hip Hop Caucus’ city based Leadership Committees organized throughout the country.

The free screenings brought together community leaders, advocates, cultural influencers, local …

At each of our screenings the leaders who came together to watch the film talked about what they can do to create more climate solutions in their communities and cities.

Our screening in Miami was for micro-influencers and leaders within the Caribbean American community in South Florida. Completely inspired by the film, they committed to have more conversations with their friends, family, and followers about the climate crisis and solutions.

Asa Sealy, Hip Hop Caucus Miami Coordinator and Founder of Miami Under 40, shared the video above from the influencer screening. Check it out.

Next up in Miami, Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change will be joining Zero Hour July 12 – 14 for the Youth Climate Summit. Join us!

Ronnie Webb, Hip Hop Caucus Washington D.C. City Coordinator, speaks about the film screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” at Sousa Middle School during Earth Month 2019.

More about the project: Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change partnered with “Paris to Pittsburgh” producers to screen the recently released National Geographic film at …

Ronnie Webb, member of Hip Hop Caucus Washington, D.C. Leadership Committee and President and Founder of The Green Scheme, brought Paris to Pittsburgh to students at Sousa Middle School in Southeast D.C.

As he shares in the video above, for a lot of the students, the film was their first exposure to climate change as a global issue that they have a role in solving. And like young people do, they got it. They are ready to expand the work they have been doing in urban gardening, rain water management, and other local projects to be climate solutions advocates in our nation’s capital.

In Detroit, environmental justice activists came together for the screening. Following the film they had a powerful discussion, which, as in the trenches activists, we don’t always find the time to come together to do. They discussed big ideas on how to build collective action to address structural barriers that prevent community members from moving towards renewable energy and developing an equitable Water Affordability Plan for Detroit residents.

Their collective agreement coming out of their discussion is to be intentional about supporting one another’s work, across their various local organizations which have existing climate justice campaigns. They made a list of each other’s support needs for their existing events, put them all on a calendar, and made commitments to attend each.

Piper Carter on our Hip Hop Caucus Detroit Leadership Committee shared her thoughts on the convening in her Instagram post above.

Hip Hop Caucus Virginiahosted a gathering of local influencers, youth leaders, musicians, and young people to watch the film in Virginia Beach, which sits at a nexus of climate and environmental threats.

The young people at the screening who are justice advocates, and were getting introduced to some of the elements of our climate crisis at this event, responded to way Paris to Pittsburgh depicts the solutions and not just the problems.

In the post-film discussion, folks agreed that action on climate change starts with education on the issue. A leader from the local Boys & Girls Club in Virginia Beach was inspired to share the film with his program.

Check out this recap video from “Batman” on our Hip Hop Caucus Virginia Leadership Committee and CEO of Dark Knight Entertainment.

Attendees of the Earth Month event in Virginia Beach discuss what they thought about the film and how they can help move people in their region towards solutions to climate change and stronger communities.

More about the project: Hip Hop Caucus’ Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change partnered with “Paris to Pittsburgh” producers to screen the recently …

We hope you found some of these highlights from our cities inspiring! We also held screenings in Boston, Charlotte, and New Orleans all in April. Grassroots organizing and powerful films and media strengthen our movements by bringing people together and creating greater space collective action.

If you’d like to bring a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh to your city, to get started, complete the screening request form here. Contact for more information and visit the film’s website.

What’s Next?

We took Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change on the road for all these screenings during Earth Month, on our break between Seasons 1 and 2 of the show. And now we’re almost back! Season 2 of Think 100%: the Coolest Show on Climate Change is coming this July.

But before we come back with Season 2, we’re going to release some Special Episodes from being on the road these past months. These specials will include the episode from the Paris to Pittsburgh screening in Orlando, as well as episodes from the National Adaptation Forum’s convening in Madison, WI in April, and from Confluence Philanthropy’s Annual Conference in Brooklyn, NY in February.

Subscribe to the show from our homepage so you get all these Special Episodes and Season 2 as soon as they are released. Catch up on Season 1 if you haven’t yet. And the best ways to stay connected with us is following @Think100Show and @HipHopCaucus on all social media.

Special Thanks

A special thanks to our partners Bloomberg Philanthropies, RadicalMedia, and National Geographic, who produced Paris to Pittsburgh, and made this project possible by sharing it with us to screen in communities across the country.

Hip Hop Caucus Statement on Scott Pruitt resignation as EPA Administrator

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June 5, 2018

Mark Antoniewicz

Washington, D.C. – In response to Scott Pruitt resigning as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Justice, & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, and former EPA Senior Associate Administrator, released the following statement: 

“Scott Pruitt should have never been let in the doors at the EPA. He worked for polluters instead of the American people and blatantly used his position of power for personal gain. At the same time he was wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to live lavishly, he was also taking dramatic steps from the inside to rip apart an agency that protects public health. In addition to ignoring science and real time realities by failing to act on climate change, he did everything he could to take away basic clean water and air protections for our communities. Today is a day to applaud all who kept up the pressure for him to resign, especially the “Boot Pruitt” campaign that gave people a voice in the fight. President Trump should take notice that we will continue to push back on anyone as EPA Administrator that represents polluters over people. We the people deserve transparency, accountability, and an EPA Administrator that works for us. ” 


Hip Hop Caucus  ( 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.


Hip Hop Caucus on Justice Kennedy’s Retirement

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June 27, 2018

Mark Antoniewicz


WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the news that United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., made the following statement:  


“Just as the hip hop community architects so much of American culture, so does the Supreme Court set the terms of law and justice in our country. With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, we need a replacement that respects our rights and freedoms to marry who we want, utilize safe and legal healthcare services, protect us in the workplace, ensure we have access to clean water and air, and the ability to combat climate change. It is vital the replacement also make decisions that allow the promise of American democracy by respecting every voter’s right to a voice in the future of our country. The next nominee to the court could make or break so many of these critical rights, values, and issues that we hold dear as Americans.”


Hip Hop Caucus  ( 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.


Hip Hop Caucus in 2017: Frontlines of the Resistance

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Our democracy and communities were under attack in 2017, but you fought back with us…

Hip Hop Caucus keynote address in Chicago — December 2017

Our justice, health, education, civil and human rights, environment, security, economic opportunity, and moral compass were all dramatically undercut and damaged by our elected leaders in 2017.

The inequality gap also continued to widen. Those at the top continue to flourish and build their fortunes, like an heir who just became $75 billion dollar richer from the tax bill that Congress just passed. While families without financial means and opportunities continue to be looked-over and marginalized, like the 13 year-old boy who collected cans to buy his mom a Christmas gift.

In 2017 Hip Hop Caucus was at the frontlines of the Resistance, fighting for a better future for all.

Rally on Capitol Hill for the health of our communities and planet — June 2017
Helping our friends launch the AFRICANS RISING movement in Senegal — June 2017
We helped announce U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Raul Ruiz’s “Environmental Justice Act of 2017” bill on Capitol Hill — October 2017
We led the #RespectMyVote rally in front of the White House, as Trump’s “Voter Suppression” commission met for the first time — July 2017
We led the #RespectMyVote rally in front of the White House, as Trump’s “Voter Suppression” commission met for the first time — July 2017
No Malice from The Clipse led our Respect My Vote! efforts for the elections in Virginia.

Hip Hop Caucus is optimistic for the future, but we know real change never comes easy. It is going to take our collective action, recognition of our power, and perseverance to make the difference.

Let’s hit back even harder in 2018 — donate to our movement now!

Your donation brings us one step closer to building a national platform for hip hop that educates, engages, and mobilizes under-served communities in the civic, social, and political processes. Help us influence a nation shaped by the voice and support of constituents and donors like you.

Thank you for staying involved on behalf of our communities and culture. All power to the people!

A3C Action Summit — October 2017
Our Virginia Respect My Vote team, led by No Malice, visited colleges ahead of the November elections in the Commonwealth.
Our Senior Vice President, Mustafa Santiago Ali, held a discussion with Al Gore at Netroots Nation — August 2017
Congressional Black Caucus Annual Conference Event — September 2017
We fought for environmental and climate justice!
We helped promote and encourage people to vote for “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” to win a MTV Video Music Award. The amazing song and video focuses on the injustices facing our Indigenous brothers and sisters at Standing Rock and the need to get off of the fossil fuels causing climate change. — August 2017
Supporting DC Mayor Muriel Bowser as she signed a Mayor’s Order reaffirming Washington, DC’s support of the Paris Climate Accord. — June 2017
People’s Climate Music event with Antonique Smith and Adrian Grenier at Climate Week NYC 2017 — September 2017
Members of our team visiting with our good friend Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Members of our team paying close attention to nomination hearings on Capitol Hill — June 2017
No Malice joined us for the #RespectMyVote Rally in front of the White House — July 2017
Members of our team pose for a pic following a Protect the Arctic Rally on Capitol Hill — December 2017


#RespectMyVote Rally protests Trump’s “Voter Suppression Commission”

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Hundreds of people gathered for our #RespectMyVote Rally in front of the White House the morning of July 19th to protest Trump’s “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The conversation also grew online, as #RespectMyVote rocketed to the #3 trending topic in America on Twitter, and stayed trending all day long. In addition, over a half million people signed petitions pushing back on Trump’s plan to suppress voters, and those petitions were at the rally in front of the White House for delivery.

The commission, more appropriately known as Trump’s “Voter Suppression Commission”, is nothing more than a sham — as noted by the Washington Post — created in response to the blatant false claim of voter fraud in America.

Ever since losing the popular vote by almost three million votes in the 2016 election versus Hilary Clinton, President Trump has been obsessed with proving that there was wide-spread voter fraud. Earlier this year he claimed, without one shred of evidence, that 3–5 million Americans voted illegally during the election.

Now he is out to prove this false claim and is using the power of the Presidency (and your tax money) to set up a which-hunt team full of voter-suppressor all-stars. Each of member of the commission has a long track record of suppressing the vote and blatant attacks on the Voter Rights Act.

Instead of focusing on solutions to ensure more people are able to vote, such as modernizing voter registration, this commission is going to embark on a which-hunt in order to prove a false claim and set up the justification for actions that will make it harder for Americans to vote. They have long decided that those who are the most vulnerable in our country — young people, seniors, people of color — need to have more between them and the ballot box.

Voting is the fundamental right of our democracy. It is a cherished right that our soldiers die for. The United States should be a beacon for democracy throughout the world and lead by example. This new commission completely goes in the the opposite direction.

However, we have seen all of this before. And just as Dr. King and so many others did throughout this country’s history, we are going to fight with everything we have to protect our voting rights. We will always be there to protect voting for all.

We had a very special guest join us for the rally — No Malice, from the legendary hip-hop duo Clipse. No Malice also wrote an article about why he was there. Check out “No Malice Writes Letter ‘Why I’m Rallying at the White House’”.

Here’s what the #RespectMyVote Rally and trend online looked like:















Hip Hop Caucus Condemns Trump Administration’s Latest Moves at EPA, while Vulnerable Communities Deal With Impacts of Severe Storms

Washington, D.C. – Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Justice, & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, today released the statement below about the impacts severe storms have on our most vulnerable communities, and the lack of prioritization and response they receive from this Administration, including recent reports that Administrator Scott Pruitt is relocating the offices of Environmental Justice and National Environmental Policy Act Compliance out of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These offices were formed out of a set of recommendations from stakeholders over the years under both Republican and Democratic Administrations. They provide critical expertise, protection of public health, and ensure that input and needs of all communities are fully considered by the agency, including ahead of, during, and following disasters.

“Moving these offices is very alarming, especially in the immediate aftermath of Harvey and looking ahead at Irma. This is another example of how this Administration is dissecting and dismantling the agency with a scalpel to favor industry polluters instead of protecting the health and prosperity of the American people. These actions politicize and weaken these offices, and continue to show a lack of connection to the voices and input from our most vulnerable communities by this Administration. This is at a time when the current leadership should be moving forward on the expansion of these offices to address the vastly disproportionate environmental impacts happening across the country to our most vulnerable communities – including communities of color, low income communities, and indigenous populations.”

“America’s most vulnerable communities are hardest hit and often undervalued, underestimated and marginalized by decision makers following storms like Harvey. For decades communities like Port Arthur and the Manchester neighborhood in Houston have been breathing in heavy toxic air that literally takes their breath away. Following Harvey, they now face even stronger first-hand exposure to harmful and unknown chemicals in their air, water, and land. First responders to the disaster areas are also exposed to these harmful toxins as they put their lives on the line to save lives and property. Vulnerable communities are also not typically prioritized in rebuilding efforts. They are often relocated to the most undesirable areas with the greatest risk to future public health threats and face many disproportionate hurdles as they attempt to recover financially.”

“Unfortunately, thus far the Trump Administration has not shown that they care about our most vulnerable communities. They have also shown an unwillingness to consider the impacts of an increasingly changing climate into their planning, policies, and priority setting for the American people. The current Administration has proposed drastic budget cuts that are not connected to the reality and dangers that vulnerable communities face, or what science is telling us. Their proposed cuts to NOAA, FEMA, EPA, and HUD in particular will have a direct correlation to the preparedness, response, and recovery within these communities hardest hit by Harvey and other severe storms of increasing magnitude, like Hurricane Irma approaching the U.S. mainland.”

“Vulnerable communities are forced into even more desperate situations, where their existing challenges are significantly compounded by these stronger storms and lack of foresight, empathy, and action by this Administration. This is literally putting people’s lives in jeopardy. This is the time we need to recognize the power, solutions, and opportunities to better prepare, respond, and rebuild for all. We need to work together to take our most vulnerable communities from surviving to thriving.”

To support frontline communities recovering from Harvey, please visit #AJustHarveyRecovery and Hip Hop Caucus’ resource page here.

For more, please be sure to check out Mustafa’s latest appearance on AM Joy, video interview with Robert Reich, and interview on the Politically Re-Active podcast with Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu. You can also keep up with him on Twitter (@EJinAction).


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 people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative network, HHC addresses core issues impacting under-served and vulnerable communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at Follow HHC online @HipHopCaucus on all social media platforms.

About Mustafa Santiago Ali: Mustafa Santiago Ali is a renowned national speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator. Mr. Ali specializes in social and environmental justice issues and is focused on a utilizing a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities. He joined the Hip Hop Caucus after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he most recently served as Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Throughout his career he has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to improve people’s lives by addressing environmental, health, and economic justice issues.

MEDIA CONTACT – Mark Antoniewicz, mark@w0c.71c.mwp.accessdomain.com202-506-5882