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Young? Need a Job? Join the Briefcase Brigades

If you're out of work and want Washington to focus on creating jobs and not budget cuts, join a Briefcase Brigade next Wednesday.


During his Power Shift keynote, Van Jones called for young people to come together in "briefcase brigades" and demand policies that create jobs, not austerity measures that take them away. Many young people took this message to heart and formed an official Briefcase Brigade movement.

We are ready to work. We know the economy is in bad shape. We know the country is in trouble. We want to help. But first, we need jobs.

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Last weekend, roughly 10,000 young climate and clean energy activists gathered in Washington D.C. for Power Shift, a four-day series of rallies, training workshops, lobbying missions, and inspiring speeches. One thing clear at Power Shift, and evident in the recent merger of 350.org and 1Sky.org, is that there's a new cooperative spirit in environmentalism that has been somewhat lost in the older "big logo" environmental NGOs. The main organizers of Power Shift embody that spirit: Energy Action Coalitionis a coalition of over 50 youth-led environmental and social justice organizations. Here's a founder of EAC:

"We're going to work in a united way, we're not going to fight against each other for resources—like some of our elders in the environmental movement do—but to share best practices and strategize together.”

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The Media Totally Ignored This Weekend's Massive Climate Rally

This past weekend, 10,000 climate activists gathered in Washington, D.C. But CNN, Fox News, and The Washington Post apparently didn't notice.

Today marks the final day of Power Shift 2011, a massive gathering in the nation's capital of about 10,000 young climate activists. Earlier today, we posted 350.org founder Bill McKibben's keynote speech from Saturday night. Other notable speakers included Van Jones, Al Gore, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

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