Thursday, February 28th, 2008

2G2K Circus :: Green Jobs + Hip-Hop

2G2K continues. Ferentz asks, “What if Obama suddenly starts preaching the gospel of ‘green jobs?'”

He has, actually, and I think this is potentially very much a winning hip-hop gen angle. Before Sharpton claims credit for this too, I wanted to point out that the idea came from hip-hop activists at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights here in Oakland.

A few years ago, these veterans of the anti-Prop 21 campaign pushed through legislation in the city to launch the Oakland Green Job Corps program, a $250K pilot project that brings together urban youth employment and green jobs, fighting pollution and poverty at the same time. It’s a simple idea that could be scaled up and gain broad popularity.

The plan has gained lots of traction since, with the key support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Hillary’s co-sponsorship of the bill–titled the Green Jobs Act–is undoubtedly one of the reasons the topic came up as part of Obama’s agenda on Tuesday night.

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