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Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement’s Statement on Coup Attempt

WASHINGTON - Following yesterday’s devastating events in Washington D.C, co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash, released this statement:

"Everything Donald Trump said he was going to do, that he has been bragging about and shouting for years – that many in the media and his friends in Congress and so many others ignored or played down – is coming to fruition.

"It’s ugly, and it’s painful and it’s not at all surprising. Nor is it surprising that it’s coming off an epic, hard-fought victory by Black folks in the South who have been actively disenfranchised by white supremacy and voter suppression for centuries.

"I’m furious that on a day when people should be resting and celebrating one another for their work on this election, we are instead watching a violent coup attempt and fearing for the lives of those we care about and the future of this nation.

"We’re at a crossroads – that part feels clear. Both paths forward were on full display, the ugly reality of white supremacy, hate, and nationalism versus a multiracial coalition of everyday people working to restore the soul of America. 

"There is no middle ground, and Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, cannot “compromise,” “ negotiate,” or “come to the table” with the GOP tyrants who enabled violent terrorism in our capitol. If Democrats deliver bold solutions that create jobs, ensure justice, and heal a divided nation, this year could launch a new era of politics like FDR and the New Deal and Democrats will be rewarded for decades to come.”

The Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process by building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Most recently, the Sunrise Movement contributed to the election of Senator-elects Ossoff and Warnock by mobilizing thousands of young people in Georgia.


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

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