October 23, 2016
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Hip Hop Caucus President Calling on House to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act



American Clean Energy and Security Act: Critical Legislation that Creates Jobs and Energy Independence

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr, President of the Hip Hop Caucus, is calling on the Members of the House of Representatives to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) tomorrow when it is scheduled to go to the House Floor for a full vote.  This legislation creates new jobs, decreases our dependence on foreign oil, and reduces the pollution that causes global warming. 
"We must pass this critical bill, because it will start the process of moving us from a fossil fuel economy to a clean energy economy, and it will create pathways out of poverty with green jobs," Rev Yearwood said of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
The Hip Hop Caucus has put out a call to action to its 700,000 members across the nation, 71% of which are under the age of 40, to voice their support of the American Clean Energy and Security Act by calling their Member of Congress and asking them to vote for the legislation.  
Since Rev Yearwood's leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - fighting for the rights of Katrina Survivors - he has been a vocal advocate for real national solutions to global warming that protect the poor and communities of color.  Before becoming the President of the Hip Hop Caucus in 2004, he was the co-creator of the "Vote or Die!" campaign with P. Diddy and the Political and Grassroots Director for Russell Simmons.  In 2008 he co-created the "Respect My Vote!" campaign, a national voter registration and Get Out the Vote effort, with platinum rapper T.I.  Through Hip Hop and culture, Rev Yearwood engages young people in urban communities in the political process.  Currently he is preparing the launch of the Green the Block campaign to fight poverty and pollution at the same time.
To interview Rev Yearwood contact:
Mike Cooper, 202.293.5902, press@hiphopcaucus.org
Liz Havstad, 202.460.2333, press@hiphopcaucus.org


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