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Daniel Blackman (L) with Rev. Yearwood

Lennox Yearwood

Nonviolence or Non-Existence: Choosing Nonviolence

March and Action Washington, DC September 21-22.

As part of the CNV Action Week, Campaign Nonviolence will solemnly march from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial to the White House on Saturday, September 22. Join Rev. Lennox Yearwood, George Martin, Lisa Sharon Harper, Shane Claiborne, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, Rev. John Dear and many others to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and to take action for change today. We will mobilize in the spirit of Dr. King’s proclamation the night before he died: “The choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.”[1]

Up For Democracy

Up For Democracy, created in the mid-2000's, described itself as "a multi-cultural grassroots coalition for participatory democracy, economic and social justice and peace"[2]

Steering Committee members included Lennox Yearwood - Hip Hop Caucus, D.C.

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”

10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.

Endorsers for the Congress included Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus.[3]

Dream Reborn

The Dream Reborn poster

One of Green For All's project is Dream Reborn. It organized a conference to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4-6, 2008 Memphis Cook Convention Center.[4]

Some of the presenters were Van Jones, Majora Carter (Sustainable South Bronx/Green For All), Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth), Malia Lazu (The Gathering for Justice), LaDonna Redmond (Institute for Community Resource Development), Mary Anne Hitt (Appalachian Voices), Reverend Lennox Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus), Adrienne Maree Brown (The Ruckus Society), Tony Anderson (Morehouse College Student Leader), Ian Kim (Oakland Green Jobs Corps) and more.[5]

Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011

Lennox Yearwood was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, [6]

EPA Asks Black Students to Become Activists for Obama Environmental Policies

From Liberty Unyielding, dated April 28, 2014 in article titled "EPA chief to students: ‘Pollution is holding back millions of African Americans’":[7]

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy attended an event Thursday at Clark Atlanta University hosted by the Hip Hop Caucus, a non-profit 501 (c)(4) group that “promotes political activism,” as reported at the Huffington Post. Some of the issues on which they focus are gun control, voting rights and climate change.
As reported at the Brenner Brief, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, “argues often that climate change is the ‘lunch counter moment’ for the younger generation.”
The EPA chief encouraged black students, who are “most vulnerable to climate change,” to become “champion climate justice advocates” by supporting some of the FDA rules currently being pushed by environmental activists. McCarthy mentioned “greenhouse gas emission standards for new power plants that the agency released last fall, and the rules for existing plants” that are set to be released on June 1.
It is a matter of “equity,” the EPA chief said, as minorities have been “overburdened by pollution and environmental health hazards for far too long…”
“You can’t ensure environmental justice, and we can’t deliver on this president’s promise of opportunity for all,” she continued, “without giving people clean air and clean water and clean land to live on…”
A recorded message from McCarthy is posted on the Hip Hop Caucus website, where she says,
“Pollution is holding back millions of African Americans fighting for middle class security.” She continues, “Environmental justice is social justice.” McCarthy also says, “We have a moral obligation to act now.”


"Forward on Climate" rally

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 the nation's capital hosted what was billed as the largest climate rally in U.S. history.

Thousands of environmentalists, farmers and workers of all kinds gathered in the shadow of the Washington Monument for a "Forward on Climate" demonstration to shout their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, Big Oil, and nuclear power.

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, who emceed the event, introduced a list of speakers which included: Bill McKibben, president of 350.org; Van Jones, president of Rebuild the Dream; Maria Cordones, founder of Latinovations; Indigenous Peoples representatives including Chief Jacqueline Thomas from the Saik'uz First Nation and Crystal Lameman from the Beaver Lake Cree First Nations; Michael Brune, the Sierra Club's executive director and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island. Present, too, were celebrities like Evangeline Lilly and Rosario Dawson.

Bold.org, one of the event organizers, predicted that 20,000 people would participate, but Rev. Yearwood announced that the actual number there, 40,000, doubled expectations. Supplementing the massive action in D.C. were some 20 solidarity rallies in 16 states, from the four corners of the country-- Los Angeles, Palm City, Seattle, Portland, Maine-- and points in between. They included rallies in Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, and five in Montana alone.[8]

Prosperity Not Austerity reception

April 17, 2013 Progressive Democrats of America hosted a Prosperity Not Austerity reception at Busboys and Poets, in Washington DC, featuring PDA National Board member Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Mark Takano, PDA National Board member Michael Lighty from National Nurses United and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.[9]

Women's March

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Rep. Andre Carson joined the January 21 Women's March in Washington DC with Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

"End The US Occupation Of Iraq"

End The US Occupation Of Iraq, Saturday, October 14th 2006 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Madison Middle School,5525 N. 16th St., Phoenix.

Special Guest: Cindy Sheehan signing her new book “Dear Mr. President”

MC’s: Kyrsten Sinema, AZ Representative and Jeff Farias, Air America, Phoenix KPHX

SPEAKERS:

Special Appearance by “The Bush Chain Gang”

Sponsoring Organizations: Progressive Democrats of America; End the War Coalition; Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus; Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice; Code Pink Phoenix;; Democracy for America – Maricopa County; Democracy for America – Tucson; Veterans for Peace Phoenix; Women in Black Phoenix; Tonatierra; 911 Truth of Arizona; Grandmothers for Peace; Changing Hands Bookstore; Air America Radio, KPHX. For more information, Contact Dan O’Neal at dan@pdamerica.org. [10]

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