With the DNC set to vote next month on whether to host a 2020 presidential debate focused specifically on the climate crisis, the youth-led Sunrise Movement is planning a mass mobilization aimed at ensuring the Democratic leadership approves the grassroots demand that is backed by nearly every Democratic presidential contender and 64 percent of the party’s voters.
“We’re going to show up at the offices of our local DNC members and make sure that they feel the pressure.”
During the DNC’s national meeting on August 22-24, committee members from each state are expected to vote on a resolution calling for an official climate-focused debate, which activists argued is more necessary than ever after the first two Democratic debates in Miami, Florida devoted a combined 15 minutes to the planetary emergency.
Ahead of the vote, Sunrise said it plans to hold demonstrations at the local offices of DNC members nationwide to make clear that “the people demand a climate debate.”
“For the next seven weeks until that meeting,” Sunrise said in an email to supporters on Wednesday, “we’re going to show up at the offices of our local DNC members and make sure that they feel the pressure.”
“To win, we need to make Democratic Party members in every state feel the urgency of the climate crisis and the absolute need for a climate debate,” the group said. “That means we’re going to need demonstrations at Democratic Party offices across the country: Whether that’s a speak-out outside their office, an office takeover, a sit-in, or sitting-in outside.”
Last week, as 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debated inside the Knight Concert Hall in Miami, dozens of youth Sunrise activists camped out on the steps of the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. to demand a climate debate.
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