Public Forum: The Green New Deal in Action

Event Date: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The call for a Green New Deal has emerged in communities, classrooms, and protest sites across the country. At UCSB, we held a public forum in Fall 2019 to start a conversation about how the Green New Deal could be used as an organizing framework to bring together environmental and social justice movements along the California Central Coast.

The Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy, in partnership with the Fund for Santa Barbara and Clue Santa Barbara, is excited to host another panel discussion on the Green New Deal. The aim of this second public forum is to deepen our conversation about how effective the Green New Deal has been, discuss its promise to help plan for a post-pandemic world, and examine how the current socio-political environment helps or hinders our collective ability to work towards transformational environmental and social justice.

This forum’s guest speakers include UCSB affiliates Professor David Pellow, Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Nikayla Jefferson, graduate student of Political Science at UCSB and active member of the Sunrise Movement, as well as local community leaders Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino, current Executive Director of One Step A La Vez, and former Senior Organizer at Food and Water Watch/Action and Nadia Abushanab, Advocacy and Event Director at Santa Barbara County Action Network.

The event will also serve as a launch for the Blum Center’s People’s Guide to the Green New Deal, a year-long, student-led initiative that provides an accessible overview of what that Green New Deal hopes to achieve and why; when this proposal emerged and its historical roots; its main advocates, critics, and overlooked voices; and where and how it is being used in various regions across the country.

Please join us for this discusson and include your voice in how to build a vision of transformative economic and environmental change here on the Central Coast.



For more information, please contact Blum Center Academic Coordinator, Joanne Nowak (