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Yesterday, Ikiya Collective and over 150 allies gathered inside and outside Nationals Park to protest the Congressional Baseball Game to demand Biden declare a climate emergency, a move which is necessary to strip fossil fuel corporations' ability to lease public lands for the expansion of oil production and to catalyze the transition to a reliance on renewable energy sources. Leading climate coalitions like People Vs. Fossil Fuels have also expressed concern about the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 highlighting the fact that the new bill barely scratches the surface in addressing the crisis while tethering renewable energy sources to fossil fuels.

“The summer of 2022 is quickly becoming the hottest on record in San Antonio where I’ve lived my entire life. May and June have been the hottest ever recorded with highs above 100 degrees for days on end. I’ve never witnessed anything like it. People are constantly worried about exponentially high energy costs and the possibility of blackouts, which have already happened to my family members, or worse, a complete shutdown of the state’s electrical grid." said Jorge Estevez of San Antonio, Texas. "We know that our Latine communities have experienced environmental racism due to racist policies that have built infrastructure that put us at disproportionate disadvantages, but the most feared aspects of the climate crisis are now being felt in cities in where many of us live. President Biden needs to declare a climate emergency if he truly believes in racial justice. We need to reject measures like the Inflation Reduction Act that Democrats are lauding because it still ties renewable energy sources to the expansion of oil production.”

Organizers marched to the entrances of the baseball game led by Indigenous leaders of Ikiya Collective behind a second-line band from New Orleans where white climate organizers blocked entrances with soft blockades leaving the ballpark 75% empty chanting "Land back to Indigenous peoples is climate justice." Four organizers were arrested and taken into police custody blocking entrances. Other organizers were kicked out of the game for unveiling banners that spelled out CLIMATE EMERGENCY.

Pictured: White climate organizers blocked Congressional Baseball Game entrances with soft blockades, leaving the ballpark 75% empty chanting "Land back to Indigenous peoples is climate justice."

Pictured: White climate organizers blocked Congressional Baseball Game entrances with soft blockades, leaving the ballpark 75% empty chanting "Land back to Indigenous peoples is climate justice."

Last week, President Biden and his administration sent out mixed signals around the possibility of declaring a climate emergency. As the country faces ongoing and record-setting droughts, heat waves and floods, declaring a climate emergency would unlock a series of executive authorities that could have a major impact on driving down emissions and protecting communities from the impacts of fossil fuel development and climate disasters.

"The truth is, Manchin’s “climate deal” deadlocks us into a relationship with the fossil fuel industry, forces the DOI to open up public lands for fossil fuel projects, and makes way for false solutions like carbon capture and storage. Meanwhile, our communities are STILL dying and can’t afford to wait for real climate action." said Ashley Engle of Ikiya Collective. "This is why Ikiya Collective and allies shut down the congressional baseball game tonight to demand decision makers act boldly on climate NOW! This includes Biden declaring a climate emergency. We will continue to fight like our lives depend on it. Because it does."

Pictured: Organizers marched to the entrances of the Congressional Baseball Game led by Indigenous leaders of Ikiya Collective behind a second-line band from New Orleans.

Pictured: Organizers marched to the entrances of the Congressional Baseball Game led by Indigenous leaders of Ikiya Collective behind a second-line band from New Orleans.

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Ikiya Collective is a frontline direct action group of femme, queer, and two-spirit Black, Indigenous, and queer folks of the global majority.

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