In May 2013, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy was launched. This initiative represents a new labor movement approach to climate change and energy poverty. A sustainable and just energy transition is necessary. To bring this about unions and their allies must engage in sustained struggle for democratic, public control of energy resources. The Energy Democracy Initiative is the outcome of a a global trade union round-table on “Energy Emergency, Energy Transition” RLS–NYC and Cornell’s Global Labor Institute convened in October 2012. At this meeting, union representatives from eighteen countries and five global union federations came together to address the energy emergency facing the planet and the transition that will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change. You can watch a video about the initiative on our News page.
Transform! is a European network of 25 organizations from 18 countries active in the field of political education and critical scientific analysis. Formed in 2006, it conceive itself as a forum for alternative thinking and critical dialogue. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is part of the network, which also publishes the semi-annual journal Transform! Both network publications and all articles of the journal can be accessed online.
Supported by the RLS–NYC and taking its name from the traditional hymn so often played in New Orleans’ jazz funeral processions, Closer Walk NOLA is one part art project and one part community history project. With street interviews, visual documentation and an interactive website, Closer Walk NOLA asks for the memories of New Orleans residents relating to shared music, dance and neighborhood culture in the wake of Katrina and the politics of rebuilding. Everyone’s experiences are welcome: families and working folks of all kinds, amateur and professional musicians, people on sidewalks and in bars. In the wake of Katrina, songs emblematic of that tradition turn into a kind of prism through which New Orleans’ cultural struggles are visible: segregation, integration, gender, music and dance traditions and their survivance or demise.
For the second straight year, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office will co-host this Trinational Exchange with the UCLA Downtown Labor Center and the Institute for Transnational Social Change.
Last year’s roundtable focused on the state of labor 20 years after NAFTA. You can download the report by journalist David Bacon in English and Spanish.
This year’s gathering brings together representatives from progressive unions and labor groups in key sectors......
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