By: Chris Carney
Imagine waking up after Election Day to learn that California’s global warming and clean energy law—a primary engine for the states clean tech and renewable energy industries—had been effectively repealed. All because Texas oil companies spent millions fooling California voters to support their deceptive ballot proposition, Prop. 23.
To keep this from becoming reality, we need to fight the oil money by talking to Californians one by one.
The first step is getting people together and giving them the tools they need to remind people to vote NO on Prop. 23. Hundreds of organizations, and thousands of angry Californians, are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.
Of course, it can be fun too—this is California, after all.
That’s why we at the Union of Concerned Scientists—our fairly serious-sounding name aside—know that one of the best ways to get folks engaged in important work like this is by making it fun. That’s why we’re hosting two big “No on Prop 23” parties on Thursday night for folks in LA and the Bay Area.
So if you’re going to be in the East Bay on Thursday, join us up in the hills at the Chabot Space and Science Center. And those of you in LA: stop by our event at TreePeople on Mulholland Drive. Both events will feature live music, great sustainable and local food, mesmerizing speakers, booze for sale, and scintillating party attendees like you and your crew.
If you’re not in the LA or Bay Areas, there’s a good chance you’re near at least one of the more than 80 “No on Prop 23” grassroots house parties being thrown by UCS supporters all over the state. Plug your zip code into our handy search page and find the “No on 23” house party of your dreams!
Chris Carney coordinates outreach for the Union of Concerned Scientists in California and other western states. When’s not fighting Prop. 23, he’s most often working on campaigns that aim to strengthen state standards for clean vehicles, increase our renewable energy supply, or improve how AB 32 is implemented. When’s not working on campaigns, he can be found backpacking in the Sierras when he’s lucky.