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What We Do
The Mid-Hudson Valley is our home, so we’ve come together to find political solutions for the climate crisis and empower communities to take action at all levels of government. We believe that the impact of our local organizing can ripple out well beyond our region to other parts of the state and the country. Embedded in all of our work is the intentional prioritization of marginalized communities who are most impacted by the crises we face. From this context, we work to:
Organize policy campaigns that provide tangible benefits for our communities, ensure an equitable transition to a future that leaves no one behind, and honor our relationship to all living beings.
Elect leaders who champion bold, progressive policies that prioritize the needs of people and the planet over corporate profit.
Recreate systems of care in our communities by participating in mutual aid, hosting free events, and partnering with other community groups.
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How We Work
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We are ambitious and visionary when it comes to climate justice. We are laser-focused on creating systemic change to our broken politics. And we know that the biggest political changes happen when people collectively demand better.
we engage in activities like deep canvassing to get to know our neighbors
host free community events to bring people together
support and inspire our community to advocate for policies at City Council meetings.
We get sh*t done
We're transparent, strategic, nimble, and action-oriented. We are realistic about the magnitude of the issues we face, but stay focused and optimistic.
we have working groups dedicated to political change, community care, communications, coalitions, and finance
we have bi-weekly meetings so the full group can stay connected
an annual strategy retreat allows us to step back to reflect on our successes and areas for improvement, and set goals and action items for the next year.
Here for a good time AND a long time
We believe community and collaboration is key to long-term thriving. We find ways to care for each other, and move forward with joy, respect, and an exuberance for our home.
we host monthly skillshare workshops and regular social hangs
we’ve done big things like acting quickly to support migrants sent to Dutchess County from NYC
we do small things every day like helping each other out with pet sitting, lending anything from a hedge trimmer to a car, and sharing food.
Beautiful Futures Campaign
Green Jobs. Housing for All. A Livable Community.
We believe that local government can (and should) make a direct, positive impact on people’s lives. That's why we’re calling on our leaders to embrace policies that put the needs of our Hudson Valley community and environment first.
To start, we’re talking to neighbors in Beacon, Fishkill, and Poughkeepsie to understand what folks’ concerns and priorities are—and how we can make the government work better for us all. Our Beautiful Future starts now, and it starts with us.
BCAN’s first WIN:
Gas-free new construction legislation in Beacon
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On March 13, 2023, Beacon became the third municipality in New York to pass legislation that will prohibit the use of natural gas in nearly all newly constructed buildings and major renovations (effective January 1, 2024). The move will save residents money on their utility bills, cap fossil fuel emissions from buildings in the city, and protect the health of children and families.
How did we do it? BCAN spent months talking to our neighbors and collecting over 400 in-person petition signatures from supporters, collaborating with two City Council members as allies (Paloma Wake and Dan Aymar-Blair) and consistently showed up to City Council meetings in large numbers to make public comments, among other tactics.
Thanks to the organizing efforts of BCAN, Beacon has passed one of the strongest electrification mandates in the country. This bolstered support for NY State’s All-Electric Buildings Act, which passed soon afterward as part of the state budget. Learn more about our first campaign win.
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Donations help supplement our optional membership dues. We use these funds to cover things like administrative costs, supplies for events, and printing. We are currently limiting donations to a maximum of $600 per year from any single source to avoid situations in which a few people have too much power over our decisions. Please note that donations are not tax-deductible.