Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fwd: NextGen News: A Week for Heroes

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From: Matt James <>
Date: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM
Subject: NextGen News: A Week for Heroes

January 17 2014
Next Generation NextGen News
One of the worst things about heroes is that someday, you have to say goodbye to them. Such was the case this week when I learned of the retirement of Congressman George Miller. Then I read E. J. Dionne's fantastic Op-Ed, "The lost art of tough liberalism," which uses Miller's career as something of a guidebook for the rest of us, and I got to thinking.
If, like Congressman Miller, we are to stand firmly for our ideals – but practically and with a spirit of bi-partisanship – I could not be more proud of the Next Generation team behind the Risky Business initiative. Earlier this week, Risky Business announced the members of the Risk Committee, a group of American leaders from across the political spectrum dedicated to quantifying the economic risks of climate change in the US. Two of those members, Robert Rubin and Tom Steyer, took the stage this week at the Ceres 2014 Investor Summit on Climate Risk to engage the financial community on the topic. Read all about them in this week's California Energy & Climate News.
There is no dearth of heroes within the Next Generation staff, either. This week saw the long-awaited release of The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brinkwhich featured the chapter "Marriage, Motherhood and Men," by Ann O'Leary, Vice President and Director of Next Generation's Children and Families Program and the Director of the Too Small to Fail initiative. Just days later, Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of our Energy and Climate program, was named to the Citizen's Oversight Board for California's Proposition 39, where she will help oversee the allocation of an expected $2.75 billion in funds earmarked for energy efficiency upgrades for schools in the Golden State.
As old heroes move on, capable new ones are here to keep us moving forward – a comforting thought, especially on the holiday reserved for one of our greatest American heroes, Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope it's a good one for you all.
– Matt James, President and Co-Founder
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Paid family leave for all, right now

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Mike Bloomberg @MikeBloomberg Our new Risk Committee members will help develop rigorous metrics needed to battle #ClimateChange effectively: Posted: January 13 11:15AM
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Susan Ochshorn @ECEPolicyWorks Love eloquent call to action by @rowefinkbeiner @MomsRising and @Ann_OLeary @nextgen_usa @ShriverReport. #sea change.… Posted: January 16 8:38AM
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