On May 1, more than 200 people rallied outside the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg calling for Governor Tom Corbett to invest in renewable energy, infrastructure, and education. The Sierra Club partnered with a coalition of labor and faith groups to organize the rally.
Sierra Club President Robin Mann, below, addressed the crowd. That's Pennsylvania State Representative Tom Conklin, at right, who also spoke.
"We're calling on the Corbett administration to throw away their playbook—a playbook that was written by, and for, the fossil fuels industry and other special interests—and to reverse their gutting of critical investments that can drive Pennsylvania toward a prosperous future for us all," Mann said.
Representative Conklin charged that the administration "wants to invest in nothing but carbon fuel, but the future is in clean, renewable energy." He said green energy jobs will not only benefit the environment and the state's economy, but they will be good-paying jobs that will give people the training they need for a lifetime.
Among the Sierra Club's partners in organizing the May Day rally were the Blue Green Alliance, the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Pennsylvania NAACP, and the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.
Watch this video of the rally.