Nov 29, 2018
With 18 members of Congress now backing the proposed House Select Committee on a Green New Deal, climate activists expressed hope Friday that the swelling support can push the nation "toward justice and a livable future for all."
"This is not just about a Green New Deal, this is about a New Deal for the United States of America," said Ocasio-Cortez. "Because in every moment when our country has reached the depths of darkness, in every moment when we were at the brink, at the cusp of an abyss and we did not know if we would be capable of saving ourselves, we have."
"The push for a Green New Deal," added Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley, "is about more than natural resources and jobs. It's about our most precious commodity--people, families, children, our future."
In recent actions organized by the youth-led Sunrise Movement, thousands of people have swarmed the offices of Democratic lawmakers to demand they back a Green New Deal. One included a sit-in at the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to urge Democratic leadership to commit to a climate plan in line with the crisis's scale and urgency.
"Tens of thousands of young people have rushed to join our movement since Ocasio-Cortez proposed the Select Committee on a Green New Deal. The enthusiasm from young voters is clear: Pelosi and the Democratic leadership must put the Green New Deal at the top of the agenda for the new Congress in January," said Sunrise co-founder and spokesperson Varshini Prakash.
The group put out a graphic indicating the Democrats who've already announced their support, as well as a growing list of organizations backing the committee:
\u201cThank you to our latest supporters @RepSpeier and @MikeLevinCA for joining our movement and fighting for a #GreenNewDeal!\n\nHere's the full list of supporters so far, we're at 18! Help us get more leaders on board: https://t.co/Wuc91v4FQi\u201d— Sunrise Movement \ud83c\udf05 (@Sunrise Movement \ud83c\udf05) 1543594253
The activists have no plans to let up on the pressure. With Congress's last day of session fast approaching, "we have just days to make sure a Green New Deal is front and center on the House's agenda."
As such, they've set Dec. 10 to be a day of action "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."
\u201cWe have until Dec 13 to set the agenda for 2019. A #GreenNewDeal MUST be a priority.\n\nJoin us in Washington DC on Dec 10 to tell @TheDemocrats: #NoExcuses. Support a Green New Deal and reject fossil fuel money. REGISTER HERE: https://t.co/JFuoRaNWA4\u201d— Sunrise Movement \ud83c\udf05 (@Sunrise Movement \ud83c\udf05) 1543434132
Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, will join Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) climate crisis town hall on Monday to talk about the Green New Deal.
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