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We are making history and permanently changing the politics of climate change. 18 Democratic Congresspeople and nearly 100 of the most powerful community, environmental, and economic justice organizations in the country have endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal.
We don’t have a moment to waste. Wildfires are burning down whole towns in California, and the latest UN report says we have 12 years to rapidly transform our economy to protect human civilization as we know it. Young people carry the burden of imagining our futures under climate breakdown, and now we’re seeing our nightmares become reality.
But politicians are giving bogus excuses for why they can’t support the Select Committee on a Green New Deal. They have told us us they haven’t read the resolution yet, that they support a Green New Deal but not this committee, that they admire our passion, but that we’re young and naive and impatient.The Democratic Leadership are waiting on the sidelines and so far they haven’t had the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel lobby. They’re hoping our movement is just a flash in the pan and that they can wait us out.
That’s why now is the time to go bigger than ever. Between now and their final day on December 13th, Congress will be setting their agenda for 2019. That means we have just days to make sure a Green New Deal is front and center on the House’s agenda.
200 Sunrisers changed the world by sitting-in at Nancy Pelosi’s office. Then, only a week later, we upped the ante by visiting 150 Congressional offices across the country. Now, we need to push the envelope even further. We’ll descend on the U.S. Capitol 500-strong to tell all Congressional Democrats: We need to see enthusiastic and explicit support for the Select Committee on a Green New Deal.
There are #NoExcuses for anything less. Politicians who don’t have the spine to stand up to the fossil fuel billionaires that bankroll Congress don’t deserve to lead. The world is watching us. See you on December 10 to deliver our message loud and clear.
*SCHEDULE*Sunday December 9: Training 6pm-9pm Monday December 10: ACTION DAY