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For Immediate Release


Ellen Sciales, 

Press Release

Sunrise Movement Endorses Kina Collins for IL-07


Today, Sunrise Movement announced its endorsement of Green New Deal champion Kina Collins for IL-07. Kina Collins is up against incumbent Rep. Danny Davis, a 25-year incumbent who has been absent from his community. 

“We are so proud to endorse Kina Collins, an activist like us, who has had our backs in the streets and will have our backs in Congress,” said Varshini Prakash, Executive Director of Sunrise Movement. “From leading the fight for racial justice after Laquan McDonald’s murder, to standing in solidarity with Sunrise Movement hunger strikers in 2021, Kina has always stood with the people. IL-07 deserves a tried and true organizer to represent them in Congress, someone who knows what it's like to come from a working class family, who fundamentally knows the hurt and harm of a broken status quo, and who’s faced the same struggles that they have. That’s Kina Collins.” 

“The urgency of this moment demands urgency from our leaders,” said Kina Collins, Candidate for IL-07. “We need real change—we need a Green New Deal—here in Chicago that combats the climate crisis, creates good jobs, and that addresses environmental racism and the inequities that have persisted in our community. The inspiring and powerful young people at the Sunrise Movement are leading this fight and holding our leaders accountable. I’m so proud to have earned their support and look forward to fighting alongside them in Washington.”

Sunrise Movement is working with its Chicago hub to mobilize and turnout voters for Kina Collins in the June primary. Sunrise Chicago launched its canvassing program for Kina this past month and has already knocked on hundreds of doors. Sunrise is also planning a distributed organizing effort for Kina, and expects to mobilize its volunteer army to contact voters, like they were able to do for Jessica Cisneros in TX-28.

Rep. Danny Davis did not sign the Green New Deal Pledge, meaning he has not yet co-sponsored key existing pieces of GND legislation. Additionally, over the course of his career, Davis’s congressional campaign committee has raised $24,000 from the oil and gas industry. BP has given Davis’s federal committee a total of $7,000.

Already this cycle, Sunrise helped power Greg Casar to a win with nearly 60% of the vote in a crowded primary in TX-35 and helped progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros force a runoff against a longtime, well-funded incumbent in TX-28. They have also endorsed Summer Lee (PA-12), Nida Allam (NC-04), and Erica Smith (NC-01), as part of its long term strategy of using progressive energy to build youth organizing infrastructure.


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

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