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Joshua Kahn Russell works as the global trainings manager at, and is a facilitator, action coordinator, and strategy trainer with the Ruckus Society.

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Labor Contingent for Climate Justice at the Richmond Summer Heat Mobilization on Chevron’s HQ, Aug 2013

On the eve of the annual AFL-CIO 2013 convention, over 60 environmental justice groups wrote a letter to the Labor Movement about climate change. Its a sort of tough-love letter from the Climate Justice Alliance, with sharp analyses of our shared crisis, opportunities for collaboration, and identification of the historic divisions between Labor and the Environment, ultimately calling for a movement that transcends traditional “issue fights” and sectors. Alliances between traditional labor unions and climate groups have been percolating for years, but our crisis demands a deep shift in how we all organize – now. Naomi Klein emphasized this recently at the founding convention of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union – stating “our movements need each other”. Here’s the letter:   Dear AFL-CIO President Trumka and Our Sisters & Brothers in the Labor Movement:

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