Care Work is Climate Work: A Series on the Green New Deal

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Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

100 George Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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The work of taking care of each other is the foundation of our society. Yet the people who do so much of this labor are exploited, undervalued, and ignored. Increasingly, they are also on the frontlines of the climate crisis — and there is a growing awareness that care work itself is low-carbon, and must be at the heart of the next economy. The voices and leadership of care workers will be indispensable in getting the Green New Deal right.

Join Naomi Klein, Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies, as she moderates a discussion with four leading organizers in the fields of teaching, nursing, domestic labor, and disability rights. Panelists will explore how climate impacts are already changing what it means to be a care worker, and imagine how their sectors should be transformed by and for the Green New Deal.

Dara Baldwin is the Director of National Policy for the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR). The (CDR) is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities. In her position Ms. Baldwin is responsible for the legislative work, from research and writing comments, testimonies, letters and reports to assisting with advocacy outreach and working with Congressional staff, the Administration, coalition partners and others on multiple issue areas for improving the lives of persons with disabilities.

Aquilina Soriano Versoza is a founder and Executive Director of the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California, a nonprofit serving and organizing the low-wage Pilipino immigrant community in Los Angeles. She has served as Executive Director of PWC since 2000 and has been working in the Pilipino community for more 15 years, both here in Los Angeles and in the Philippines. She studied her BA in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Aquilina is serving as the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-Chair of the Filipino Voter Empowerment Project and has been chosen as one of the Frederick Douglass 200 Abolitionists.

Emily Comer is a teacher in South Charleston, WV and a member of AFT and West Virginia United Caucus. She was recognized as one of the Time 100 most influential people for her efforts leading up to the 2018 teacher strike.

Nella Pineda-Marcon, BSN, RN-BC, works as a clinical nurse at the Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department. She has been a proud union member of the New York State Nurses Association for over 25 years. NYSNA is the largest nurses union in NY State with over 43,000 members. Nella currently serves on the Board of Directors of NYSNA and is the Chair of their Climate Justice and Disaster Relief Committee. She has volunteered with other NYSNA-RN Relief Network nurses on several medical missions. Her climate activism began while on a medical mission to the Phillippines in 2013 when she witnessed firsthand the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

The event will be livestreamed, and the live stream can be viewed here.

The Douglass Student Center is wheelchair accessible from the entrance located on George Street and the entrance next to Lot 70. We will not have CART or an ASL translator available at this time.

Rutgers University strives for our campus experiences to be universally designed and useable by all people to the extent possible. If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the event organizer Kylie Davidson at kylie.davidson@rutgers.edu. If you need an accommodation for this event, please provide the name of the event; the date; and the accommodation required in your correspondence to the event organizer.

Rutgers University complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

This event is presented by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Communication and Information, the Leap, and the Institute for Women's Leadership.




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Guest parking will be available in Lot 70 and the Douglass Parking Deck. Visitors must register for parking using this link and enter their vehicle information to finalize event parking arrangements. Rutgers faculty, staff, and students with Rutgers parking permissions must park in the lots designated by their parking permissions. Please note: guest vehicles that are not registered may receive a citation.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Kylie Davidson at kylie.davidson@rutgers.edu with any questions.

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No.

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100 George Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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