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Waleed Shahid,

Justice Democrats Proud To Endorse AOC and Markey's Green New Deal, Call on House, Senate and 2020 Democrats To Endorse The Resolution

Following Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey's release


Following Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey's release early Thursday morning of a Green New Deal resolution, Alexandra Rojas, Executive Director of Justice Democrats, released the following statement:

"Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal represents an earthquake in the Democratic Party and American politics where a working class Latina bartender from the Bronx is now proposing and leading the most serious solution to rewrite America's social contract and stave off climate disaster.

Any Democrat running for President who wants to be taken seriously on climate and economic policy needs to back Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution.

The Green New Deal offers a positive solution to match the scale of our nation's biggest crises - climate change, structural racism, and skyrocketing inequality. It's time for our leaders to join the center of energy in the Democratic Party and prioritize our planet and its people over the profits of fossil fuel billionaires."

Justice Democrats will be calling on all Democrats in Congress and running for President to support this specific Green New Deal resolution.

Justice Democrats is also supporting a 15-city tour and a 50-state campaign led by the Sunrise Movement starting in early primary states to build the political and public support for the Green New Deal.

Ocasio Cortez's Green New Deal resolution is a 10-year plan to jumpstart the complete transition of our society away from fossil fuels to renewable and clean energy sources. The resolution outlines the plan to virtually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from every sector of the economy through a World War 2 scale mobilization of our economy and society to create the renewable energy infrastructure in the timeline outlined by leading climate scientists as part of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

The IPCC report also noted that while the scale of the mobilization required to tackle climate change is unprecedented, the speed is similar to government-led efforts in the United States to mobilize for World War II.

This resolution sets out a non-exhaustive list of several major projects that need to be completed as part of a just transition. These projects include upgrading virtually every home and building for energy efficiency, building 100% greenhouse gas neutral power generation systems, removing greenhouse gases from industry and agriculture, and more.

The Green New Deal builds on the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Second Bill of Rights," which called for constitutionally guaranteed rights to: a job, a living wage, food, clothing recreation, the right to trade free of monopolies, housing, health care, education, and more. The Green New Deal is a plan to make a full-scale transition of our economy that puts jobs and justice first. This plan will require a strong social safety net so that every U.S. person can make this transition comfortably and nobody falls through the cracks in the process.

According to recent polling, 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans support the Green New Deal. Nearly every major Democratic presidential contender in 2020 have said they back the Green New Deal including: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Jeff Merkley, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Jay Inslee. 45 Democrats in the House and over three hundred organizations backed the original resolution for a select committee Over 300 local and state politicians have called for a federal Green New Deal.

The Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched their call for a Green New Deal at a sit-in at Leader Nancy Pelosi's office in Washington on November 13, 2018. The Sunrise Movement led another round of sit-ins on December 10th where 143 young leaders were arrested for a moral act of civil disobedience at Pelosi and Hoyer's offices in Washington.

A total of 43 Democrats in the House of Representatives now back Ocasio-Cortez's proposal for a Select Committee on the Green New Deal. The Select Committee proposal also states that no one member can be appointed who receives donations from the fossil fuel industry.

Justice Democrats is recruiting and supporting progressive Democrats all over the country, starting with Congress. We're working to transform the Democratic Party while building independent power. We do this by running primary challengers against out-of-touch Democratic incumbents and organizing to hold the party accountable to our issues.

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