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Amid Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks, Sunrise Movement to Take Escalated Action at White House

WASHINGTON -

In response to President Biden’s pandering to the GOP on infrastructure, delaying the passage of a package that could help millions of people, over 50 young people with Sunrise Movement will be taking escalated action to deliver an ultimatum to the Biden administration: pass the boldest version of the American Jobs Plan, with a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps, or we’ll be back with an army of young people to shake the ground under his feet. 

WHAT: Protest of President Biden on GOP Negotiations and Infrastructure

WHEN: Friday, June 4 at 10am ET

WHO: Sunrise Movement activists

WHERE: White House (back)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Lafayette Square side

“I was invited to the Biden-Sanders Unity Taskforce to help Biden craft policy that was in line with what is necessary to meet the crises facing our nation. Biden moved towards us, promising us a future, and in exchange, we worked tirelessly to get him elected. We held up our side of the deal, but now that Biden is in power, that promise of co-governance with progressives and young people has disappeared. He’s spent more of his time meeting with a Republican Party who to this day contests he is the democratically elected President,” said Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement. “It’s time to meet with us, the young organizers that elected him, instead. This moment demands an infrastructure package that will stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process, and we won’t stop until he delivers.”

The demands Sunrise Movement will deliver on Friday include:

  1. No Compromise, No Excuses. Democrats must take their power seriously and stop negotiating with a GOP who is not serious about climate action or delivering for the American people.
  2. Meet with the people who elected you. We demand that Biden sets up a meeting with Varshini Prakash and other youth organizers to hear our demands on infrastructure. Negotiate with us, not the GOP.
  3. Pass the boldest jobs and climate package with a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps. Coming out of a global pandemic where we are facing massive unemployment and the constant threat of the climate crisis, we need an infrastructure package that includes a CCC that would put over 1.5 million Americans to work in good paying jobs while combating climate change and building a sustainable future for our generation.

This is the first Sunrise Movement escalated action directly targeting Biden at the White House since he entered the presidency, but will not be the last. Sunrise Movement is using this protest as a call to action, recruiting young people from across the country to join them for an even larger rally in late June.

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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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