9-Week Action Replays

9-Week Action Replay Listing

WEEK 1 - Changing the Dream

WEEK 2 - Feeding the World

WEEK 3 - Saving Our Vanishing Species

WEEK 4 - Ensuring Clean Water

WEEK 5 - Building an Economy That Works

WEEK 6 - Slowing Climate Change

WEEK 7 - Shifting Our Energy Reality

WEEK 8 - Transforming Corporate Control

WEEK 9 - Awakening the Dreamer

Challenging Corporate Power: Locally!
Recorded on Jun 20, 2014
With Stephanie Hervey: Community Resiliency Advisor, Youth Development Mentor & Mayor Gayle McLaughlin: Mayor of Richmond, California & Renée Soule: Director of Virtual Learning at Sustainable World Coalition
Hosted by Renée Soule

Can cities challenge corporations? Yes! Leveraging the creative power of local municipalities--where personal connections still matter more than big money--is a viable means to reinvigorate democracy and confront corporate greed. But, as Mayor Gayle McLaughlin knows, it is not easy. The citizens of Richmond, California have challenged big oil, big money, and big sugar. Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose. Join our live conversation with Green Party Mayor McLaughlin to learn how a working class town of predominantly low-income people of color, has mustered the people-power necessary to become a more sustainable, equitable, and beautiful city. Bring your questions!

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Stephanie Hervey has worked as a Business Analyst for over 15 years for multinational corporations doing enterprise-wide business intelligence and process engineering for companies like Oracle, HP, IBM, and Boeing. A desire to pioneer real social change led her to seek a more meaningful path in her career. The city of Richmond is ripe for change and support from progressive leadership motivated her to stay and work in solidarity with the community to take on corporate imperialism. Stephanie serves on the Richmond Food Policy Council, is a board member of the Richmond Cooperative Loan Fund, and founder of The Artisan Hub which promotes social justice through artivism. She is currently developing the framework for a community resiliency model that cross-pollinates alternative economies, eco-cultural renewal, progressive education, and community driven policy development as a tool for creating system change. Her most rewarding work is being a part-time homeschool mother raising a 9 and 10 year old to explore new opportunities and a vision for a sustainable future.

As Mayor of Richmond, California, Gayle McGlaughlin has led in a progressive direction that has kept city workers in jobs and services in place, even in these hard economic times. Mayor McLaughlin’s focus on environmental justice has led the city to move forward as a leader on many environmental initiatives. Her focus on a healthy environment has moved the city forward greatly with community gardens, bike paths, bay trail construction, and park renovations in neighborhoods throughout the city.  Thanks to her efforts advancing solar installation, Richmond was noted as leading the Bay Area for solar installed per capita in 2010. Richmond has also been given countless awards for its model green job training program that has graduated hundreds of Richmond residents who are now working in the green economy. In 2007, Mayor McLaughlin joined other East Bay mayors and leaders in a widely heralded partnership for an East Bay Green Corridor for research and jobs for the new Green economy, and earlier this year, Lawrence Berkley National Lab agreed to build its 2nd campus in Richmond. Mayor McLaughlin has also worked with the community and City staff to make sure the City’s recently approved General Plan truly reflects the city’s new healthy, sustainable and equitable direction for its residents. Currently, Mayor McLaughlin is proud to be leading Richmond in standing up to Wall Street and for her community with the Richmond CARES (Community Action to Restore Equity and Stability) program, a foreclosure prevention program. Mayor McGlaughlin has been in the forefront of defending the civil rights of Richmond’s immigrant population. Violent crime and property crimes have shown significant declining trends during her tenure because of efforts that have offered opportunities for returning parolees and intervention with at-risk youth.

Renée G. Soule, PhD candidate in Psychology at Meridian University, has been developing and teaching ecopsychology for over 25 years. She is Director of Virtual Learning at Sustainable World Coalition, adjunct faculty at the California Insitute of Integral Studies and teaches Nonviolent Communication in San Quentin Prison.