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What the Climate Movement Can Learn from the Most Successful Civil Rights Organization
Syris Valentine. The Trouble magazine

To realize a just transition, this article argues that we need more organizing projects that connect political goals and the economic self-determination of local communities. To do that, climate groups should learn from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) of the 1960s. Any future effort needs to shift the onus from asking communities to come up with funds and plans, to creating a SNCC-like Just Transition Coordinating Committee that can bring funding, training, and people power to the most vulnerable and under-resourced communities in the slowest-to-act areas and help them build a launch pad that will send them surging toward a self-defined, zero-carbon moonshot sustained by local leaders and organizations. A Just Transition Coordinating Committee would have the benefit of being able to appeal to people’s desire for control, community, and financial security. All of the pieces of the puzzle exist; the movement just needs a coalitional group devoted to training and uplifting local leadership that can put them together.