Grassroots coalition, members of Congress occupy Democratic National Committee headquarters, demand climate action
Indigenous Environmental Network
A coalition of grassroots groups–Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders from across the nation–began a direct action at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters this morning in Washington to demand that President-Elect Biden and his administration follow through on a bold agenda to address the climate crisis. They were joined by members of Congress who support that agenda.
Ta’Sina Sapa Win, of the Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective, said, “We are running out of time to save our children’s future and our planet. We must act now in order to provide a clean and just world for all.”
The #BidenBeBrave Occupation for Climate Justice is led by youth, movement leaders, frontline activists and artists collectively representing a range of identities and communities confronting the climate crisis.
"Against great obstacles during this pandemic, people across the country turned out in record numbers to pick new leaders who will care and govern for all of us. Because of our work to put him in office, Joe Biden now has a massive opportunity in front of him to help millions of people build better lives for themselves and their families. To get it right, he must embrace action at the scale science and justice demand. It's time for Biden to say 'yes' to a Green New Deal and 'no' to fossil fuels," Greenpeace USA Climate Campaign Director Janet Redman said.
The group cited Black, Brown, and Indigenous voters as the reason for a Biden administration.
"The President-Elect must center these communities and dismantle the root causes of interlinked crises including COVID and climate change, white ‘supremacy,’ patriarchy and colonization," Policy Coordinator for the Climate Justice Alliance Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright said. "Our lives, our people and our solutions must be respected and seen, every day, as important as our votes every two and four years.”
President-Elect Biden has outlined four Day One priorities for his administration: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and the climate crisis. By embracing bold, holistic, and forward-thinking solutions — a Green New Deal — he can navigate out of multiple crises at once, activists say.
Elected officials also joined the coalition members to press for bold action.
“Thanks to the hard work of young people, working-class people, and communities of color, our movement elected President-Elect Joe Biden and candidates like myself by historic margins,” said Representative-Elect Mondaire Jones. “Now, with just years left before irreparable damage is done to our planet, we have the opportunity to honor the promises we made on the campaign trail and get to work to end environmental racism and invest in a green jobs program that will help all Americans."
Senator Ed Markey added, “Young voters came out in record numbers this Election Day to send a clear message for urgent and aggressive climate action. Removing Donald Trump from the White House was a critical first step, but now we must work together to make the Green New Deal a reality. We simply cannot afford half-measures in this effort to save our economy, our democracy, and our very civilization.”