Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release

Press Release

SUNRISE MOVEMENT CO-FOUNDER VARSHINI PRAKASH TO JOIN SANDERS-BIDEN TASK FORCE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS ALONG WITH REP. OCASIO-CORTEZ

WASHINGTON -

Today, the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders campaigns announced the membership of six joint policy task-forces, with each task force representing a different policy issue area. Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash will sit on the Task Force on Climate Change. Also sitting on this task force as Sanders nominees are Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice founder, Catherine Flowers.

The goal for the Task Forces is to build upon the work of the Democratic Presidential campaigns to date, in order to develop the most successful possible agenda for Democrats in 2020.  Both candidates had the opportunity to appoint members to each task force across six issue areas: the economy, immigration, healthcare, criminal justice, education, and climate action. The task forces will help craft the 2020 agenda for the Biden campaign, inform the DNC policy platform, and have a role in Biden’s transition process should he defeat Donald Trump in November.

The Sunrise Movement endorsed Sanders’ presidential campaign in January of this year and supported the campaign to victories in the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Democratic Primary before Sanders suspended his campaign in March.

Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash issued the following statement:

“I was honored and proud to stand alongside Bernie Sanders when our movement endorsed his candidacy. Now, I’m humbled that Bernie has endorsed me to carry on the fight for our agenda as a part of this task force. He’s fought to give our movement, and young people, a seat at the table, and I will accept it. A year and a half ago, our movement was joined by then Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez in Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding that the Democrats develop a solution at the scale of the climate crisis. Now, together, we’ll be helping to write the Democratic Platform on climate. While this is a step in the right direction, and a clear sign of how far our movement has come, what is achieved by this task force is much less important than what we do as a movement in the coming months. Our political power only exists because of our people power. We must keep building our movement and raising our voices loudly for a Green New Deal until we win it. The work has just begun.”

###

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

'Political Malpractice': House Democrats' Bill Wouldn't Add Dental to Medicare Until 2028

"I don't want to see it drawn out to as far as the House has proposed," Sen. Bernie Sanders said during a recent press call.

Jake Johnson ·


'How Many More Deaths Must It Take?' Barbados Leader Rips Rich Nations in Fierce UN Speech

"How many more variants of Covid-19 must arrive, how many more, before a worldwide plan for vaccinations will be implemented?"

Jake Johnson ·


To Avert Debt Ceiling Calamity, Democrats Urged to Finally Kill the Filibuster

"The solution is to blow up the filibuster at least for debt limit votes, just as Mitch blew it up to pack the Supreme Court for his big donors."

Jake Johnson ·


Biden Decries 'Outrageous' Treatment of Haitians at Border—But Keeps Deporting Them

"I'm glad to see President Biden speak out about the mistreatment of Haitian asylum-seekers. But his administration's use of Title 42 to deny them the right to make an asylum claim is a much bigger issue."

Jessica Corbett ·


Global Peace Activists Warn of Dangers of US-Led Anti-China Pacts

"No to military alliances and preparation for catastrophic wars," anti-war campaigners from over a dozen nations write in a letter decrying the new AUKUS agreement. "Yes to peace, disarmament, justice, and the climate."

Brett Wilkins ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo