On Congress’s the first day back to work after the November 2018 election, hundreds of young people with the Sunrise Movement lined up outside the office of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
They were there to demand a Green New Deal.
The protesters carried envelopes stuffed full of thousands of letters from other young people. One by one, they filed into Pelosi’s office. Some gave short speeches as they delivered their demands. The 51 of them who sat down in Pelosi’s office and refused to leave were arrested.
When it was her turn to speak, Sophia Zaia from Philadelphia said:
“Back in Nancy Pelosi’s home state, 42 people were just burned alive by wildfires, that are described as fire tsunamis, that we literally do not know how to fight. And she’s come to that crisis with a water gun, saying that she’s going to revive a committee to talk about evidence of climate change? That maybe would have been helpful back in 1968, when Exxon first learned about climate change. But that, today, is so, so far from what we need.”
TAKE ACTION: Ask your members of Congress to support the Sunrise Movement’s Green New Deal!
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) recently delivered its Fourth National Climate Assessment.
We agree. But we want to make sure that the architects of that plan acknowledge industrial agriculture’s contribution to global warming—and that they also recognize the potential of organic regenerative farming, ranching and land use to reverse global warming.
That’s why Organic Consumers Association joins the young people of the Sunrise Movement in demanding a Green New Deal—and why we hope you’ll ask your members of Congress to get on board.
Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist from New York and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, is already a champion of the Green New Deal. She joined the protest inside Pelosi’s office, and published the Sunrise Movement’s demand for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal on her website.
The Green New Deal would make the U.S. climate neutral in 10 years and “make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.”
Find out if your member of Congress has joined the growing list of Green New Deal supporters. If not, please reach out to your member of Congress today!