June 19th is known as “Juneteenth,” also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865, a full two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which freed enslaved African Americans throughout the Confederate States of America. And on Thursday, Juneteenth was just made a federal holiday.
Welcome to this month’s GRID Mid-Atlantic Policy Roundup, keeping you up-to-date on renewable energy policy that promotes equity and racial justice in our region and nationally.
This Earth Month, we're celebrating Earth Heroes making the world a better place through their dedication to renewable energy access!
On Friday, April 23rd, Erica Mackie, GRID CEO, attended President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate. Erica joined US and world dignitaries and community leaders to talk about the economic opportunities of climate action and job creation. This Summit is an example of how critical GRID's policy work is. We work to bring our message and experience directly to lawmakers and policy decision-makers to move the needle on equitable clean energy access for economic and environmental justice communities.
Welcome to this month’s GRID Mid-Atlantic Policy Roundup, keeping you up-to-date on renewable energy policy that promotes equity and racial justice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and nationally.
Legislators across our region and on Capitol Hill are considering a vast array of proposals that would affect GRID Mid-Atlantic’s work, and the communities that we work with. GRID Mid-Atlantic and our allies are weighing in to urge that new policies are driven by equity and inclusion, and to ensure that tangible benefits of clean energy are truly accessible to all.
Construction leapt into action when this week started, traveling to the portside community of Wilmington in Los Angeles' industrialized south.
At GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, our work centers on the knowledge that climate action, environmental justice, and economic development go hand-in-hand. GRID Mid-Atlantic is thrilled that the new Biden Administration is putting this recognition into action with a series of strong Executive Orders issued during its first week in office. We look forward to working with policymakers as they implement and build on them.
GRID Alternatives strongly condemns the violent assault that took place in our nation’s capitol on January 6th. Our thoughts are with our Mid-Atlantic staff, all those whose home city was invaded by white supremacists, everyone on Capitol Hill who was terrorized, and all who continue to be appalled, hurt, and frightened by the attempted coup.