A Commitment from the MREA Executive Director
“ The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word. ”
― Cornel West
- We are moving forward with the board of directors to review our organization’s mission and vision to ensure that we have a priority focus on social and economic inclusion. This includes educating our leadership and staff about social justice and antiracism work. The work will touch all aspects of our operations and programming.
- We are proposing to double our budget expenditures for workforce training and job placement efforts with communities in need in our next fiscal year beginning July 1. We have already completed 12 trainings with groups in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. We need to learn from our experience and do more.
- We will strongly support state and local policies that provide access to clean energy, energy efficiency, local energy investment, and energy industry employment in communities most in need.
- We believe that our efforts must provide real and durable solutions that help resolve social and economic inequity. Our work must prioritize opportunity, investment, and jobs for communities most in need.
We have been forming new partnerships over the past three years and are committing to expand our efforts in every way we can. This is where we are starting. We hope you will join us.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association