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Let’s talk about it

The Green New Deal is as American as a proposal can be. It fits squarely within the spirit and purpose of the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence says “all [people] are created equal” and that people have “certain unalienable Rights [including] Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is to secure these rights that we form governments. The Declaration also says “it is the Right of the People to alter … [the government] … laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The Green New Deal says it is the duty of our government to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come:

— economic security;

— high-quality, affordable health care;

— clean air and water;

— healthy, affordable food;

— affordable, safe, and adequate housing;

— climate and community resiliency;

— access to nature;

— a sustainable environment; and

— justice and equity.

Let’s have a civil, respectful conversation about the Green New Deal at a greater Spokane community town hall May 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Public Library, Room 1A.

Larry Luton



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