Statement from Varshini Prakash, founder of Sunrise Movement, in response to new support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Select Committee for a Green New Deal

Sunrise Movement
Dec 3, 2018 · 1 min read

“We are honored to have national civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis stand alongside us as young people and support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a Green New Deal. Few can better understand the relentless work to push our nation to achieve it’s highest ideals than John Lewis. He knows that disrupting the status quo is how change happens. His activism and integrity inspire us to believe we can win.

“In just one week, 10 members of Congress have issued their support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Select Committee for a Green New Deal. New supporters include Joe Neguse (CO-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Jose Serrano (NY-15) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). One thing is clear: the plan for a Green New Deal is catching fire in the Democratic party.

“For the first time in history, young people have shifted the conversation in the Democratic party to what is actually needed to save civilization as we know it — a Green New Deal to put millions of Americans to work transforming our economy and society away from fossil fuels in the next 12 years. We are calling on every representative who wants to stand on the right side of history to join us in backing this historic project.”

Sunrise Movement

Sunrise is a movement of young people uniting to stop the climate crisis. We are building an army of young people to break the hold of oil and gas CEOs on our politics and elect leaders who will protect the health and wellbeing of all people, not just a wealthy few.

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