Green New Deal for Public Schools

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RSVP for our Green New Deal for Public Schools Rally at Rep. Sylvia Garcia’s Office- Thursday, September 23, at 5:30 pm.

It’s time for a revolution in public education! The Green New Deal for Public Schools will invest $1.4 trillion over ten years in America’s public K-12 schools, reversing years of toxic neglect and systemic racism to build a healthy learning environment for every student—regardless of zip code—and move us towards the carbon-free, climate-resilient communities of tomorrow.

On July 15, 2021, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) unveiled the Green New Deal for Public Schools Act , introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives alongside 32 cosponsors (49, as of Sept. 10, 2021). Along with The Democratic Socialists of America’s Green New Deal Campaign Committee and teacher unions nationwide, we’re taking a “whole child” approach to building better public schools. This looks like:

$486 billion towards Green Facilities

The bill will fully fund green retrofits for the highest-need schools, and offer grants and low-interest loans for others. This initiative will remove mold, asbestos, and other common toxic materials, eliminate 78 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, and engage students in work around sustainability.

$250 billion towards Resource Increases

The bill will fund 1.3 million jobs per year, including expanded social service programming and curriculum development at high-need schools. The funding will allow Local Educational Agencies across the country to hire and train hundreds of thousands of educators and support staff. By providing resources for the highest need public schools we can redress decades of systemic racism and opportunity gaps for Black and Latinx students.

$695 billion for Accessibility

The bill will directly quadruple Title I funding to support school districts with students living in poverty as well as increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to support students with disabilities.

We demand that our Houston-area Democratic Representatives- Sylvia Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lizzie Fletcher, Al Green– support increasing funding for public schools, by championing the Green New Deal for Public Schools and meet with community members to discuss co-sponsoring the bill.

(UPDATE: Sheila Jackson Lee co-sponsored the bill on Sept. 10, 2021. Thank you to all who called her and to the Representative for her support!)

(UPDATE: Sylvia Garcia’s office has confirmed her co-sponsoring of the bill via email and phone on Sept. 19-20, 2021. Thank you to all who called her and to the Representative for her support !)

Call your Representative’s office and use our script below!
Look up your Representative here using ZIP code and address (street number and name): https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Houston DSA logo.
H.R. 4442 Green New Deal for Public Schools.
Take Action: Contact these HTX Reps!
Find your Rep: bit.ly/MyHTXRep
Images of Representatives Sylvia Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lizzie Fletcher, Al Green.
#GND4PS Facebook Twitter @HoustonDSA Instagram @dsahouston
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Find your Rep: bit.ly/MyHTXRep
Phone Call / VM Script.
“Hi, I would like to leave a comment. My name is [FULL NAME], and I am your constituent. My zip code is [your zip code]. I am calling to ask Congressmember [Rep’s name] to support H.R. 4442 The Green New Deal for Public Schools Act.

This bill will provide funding to retrofit local schools with improved ventilation systems and remove toxic materials. It will also help staff schools with teachers, counselors, and support staff to help close the opportunity gap in Black, Latinx, and other non-white neighborhoods. Please consider cosponsoring this bill. Thank you for your time and for considering my request for your support.”
Images of Representatives Sylvia Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lizzie Fletcher, Al Green.
#GND4PS Facebook Twitter @HoustonDSA Instagram @dsahouston
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Image of U.S. Congressmember Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07).
Fletcher hasn't signed onto the GND for Public Schools which would support many schools in her district. Call her today to ask if she's co-sponsoring this bill soon!!!
Phone Numbers- DC Office: (202) 225-2571, Houston Office: (713) 353-8680
Oil & Gas PACs contributed $283,336 to Fletcher, including: $7,500 from Halliburton, $12,500 from Phillips 66 PAC, $10,000 from ConocoPhillips Spirit PAC.
#GND4PS Facebook Twitter @HoustonDSA Instagram @dsahouston
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Image of U.S. Congressmember Al Green (TX-09).
Green hasn't signed onto the GND for Public Schools which would support many schools in his district. Call him today to ask if he's co-sponsoring this bill soon!!!
Phone Numbers- DC Office: (202) 225-7508, Houston Office: (713) 383-9234
Oil & Gas adjacent individuals contributed $126,252 to Green, including: $27,025 from engineers in O&G, $17,600 from Deloitte consultants, $2,200 from gas station owners.
#GND4PS Facebook Twitter @HoustonDSA Instagram @dsahouston
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Image of U.S. Congressmember Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29).
Garcia hasn't signed onto the GND for Public Schools which would support many schools in her district. Call her today to ask if she's co-sponsoring this bill soon!!!
Phone Numbers- DC Office: (202) 225-1688, Houston Office: (832) 325-3150
Oil & Gas PACs contributed $62,500 to Garcia, including: $14,000 from ExxonMobile, $12,500 from Valero, $11,500 from Chevron.
#GND4PS Facebook Twitter @HoustonDSA Instagram @dsahouston
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Image of U.S. Congressmember Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18).
Jackson Lee hasn't signed onto the GND for Public Schools which would support many schools in her district. Call her today to ask if she's co-sponsoring this bill soon!!!
Phone Numbers- DC Office: (202) 225-3816, Houston Office: (713) 655-0050
Oil & Gas PACs contributed $174,000 to Jackson Lee, including: $14,000 from BP Corporation PAC, $14,000 from BNSF Railways (top polluter), $4,500 from Marathon Oil.
#GND4PS Facebook Twitter @HoustonDSA Instagram @dsahouston

Also: if you haven’t signed the petition letter to your Representative, you can add your name here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/houston-green-new-schools/

We want to thank the following labor and community groups for signing onto our organization’s letter to Representatives Garcia, Jackson Lee, Fletcher, and Green. They are:

Extinction Rebellion Houston

Houston Youth Climate Strike

International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 88

March For Our Lives Houston

Our Revolution Harris County

Sunrise Movement Houston

Organizations across the country have endorsed the Green New Deal for Public Schools including: American Federation of Teachers, Sunrise Movement, EduColor, Alliance for Quality Education, Justice Democrats, Climate Justice Alliance, Green New Deal Network, People’s Action, Center for Popular Democracy, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America, Working Families Party, Indivisible, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Jobs with Justice, NY Renews, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Green Latinos, Future Coalition, March for Our Lives, Friends of the Earth US, Sierra Club, Greenpeace USA, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Progressive Democrats of America, and 350.org.