Environmental action

Frank Rosenthal asked these questions:  What is the special role (if any) that IMM has in advocating for environmental justice?  How should this role be reflected in our position statements, fact sheets,  testimony at hearings, actions, etc.

My response:

While it is great to work within the system, what do we do when the system fails?   How do we respond to Senator Boots refusing to hold hearings on the minimum wage bills?  It’s not acceptable that the people of Indiana have to wait two more years to consider this again.

How do we react to stories of conflicts of interest, such as the story from Jim Poyser about how Eric Koch stands to financially benefit from passage of 1320 and 1321? 

Doing something about these things is what I hope IMM can do.  We can’t just accept how they game the system.  But what do we do?  Sit ins in front of their offices with probable arrest is one possibility. 

I know we aren’t supposed to be partisan, but the Democratic caucus is both very in line with our beliefs and also struggling to have any influence in the legislature.  It seems like it would be mutually beneficial if we could identify some common areas of interest, with the hope that they might create legislation for us to support, forming a partnership.

I think having a small number of well-defined concerns to focus on is most effective.  As far as Indiana and the environment is concerned, aside from working to stop burning coal, I would like to see us focus on promoting renewable energy, especially for the disadvantaged (similar to South Carolina  http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=SC14R&re=0&ee=0 )

Finally, how can we encourage and support more progressive candidates to run for office?