Good Jobs, Clean Jobs, and Nuclear Energy in Illinois

Recorded 04.25.2016 – Tom Broderick interviews David Kraft, director and a founder of the Nuclear Energy Information Service. Kraft discusses the state of the nuclear energy industry in Illinois and the ongoing efforts by various interests to pass their own versions of a “Clean Jobs” bill. This legislation would create thousands of jobs by increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy sources, and meeting or exceeding EPA carbon emission standards.

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David A. Kraft is a 64 year old resident of Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the Chicago area, and graduated from Lane Technical High School. As an undergraduate he attended Northwestern University in Evanston, and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where he majored in astronomy and psychology respectively. He attended the Industrial Areas Foundation’s Alinsky Institute for Social Change.

Mr. Kraft worked as a social rehabilitation worker and clinical therapist in the Uptown area of Chicago for nearly 12 years. With seven other environmental activists, he founded the Nuclear Energy Information Service — NEIS — in 1981 to provide the public with reliable information about nuclear power and radiation hazards, and energy alternatives to nuclear power. He is currently the director of the organization.

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Nuclear Energy Information Service

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition

Episode 47 — Gardening and Social Justice

Recorded December 3, 2014. “Intersectionality” has been a buzz word on the left lately. This episode explores the intersectionality of gardening, ethnic and family traditions, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity and social justice, as experienced through the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Heritage Garden Intership Program. DSA’s Peg Strobel interviews UIC Latino Cultural Center Director Rosa Cabrera and Heritage Garden Intern Leaders Sarah Hernandez and Karl Novak.

The Heritage Garden curriculum… builds on research conducted by Latino Cultural Center and African-American Cultural Center directors Rosa Cabrera and Lori Baptista when they worked at The Field Museum, which identified a number of key community concerns and strategies for community involvement in climate action including gardening and urban agriculture. The Heritage Garden project framework uses an assets-based approach that recognizes the range of green practices that people are already doing, builds on cultural values and identity, and links community concerns with environmental issues.

Garden interns engage in many hands-on, educational activities that help to develop and maintain the garden and sustain their relationships with community partners. Interns research the cultural significance of plants in the garden, gather recipes, and collect stories from family, friends, and neighbors about their environmentally friendly practices. Interns participate in weekly discussions about readings related to environmental and cultural sustainability, visit community resources that are relevant to this project, and work with local artists to make creative and explicit connections between environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice.

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