Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders are among the high-profile advocates for bold climate policy slated to speak Monday night at the sold-out final stop of the Sunrise Movement’s nationwide Road to a Green New Deal tour.
The youth-led Sunrise Movement—known for protesting at the offices of key federal lawmakers, from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—announced the tour in March, shortly after Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), another speaker at Monday’s event, introduced the Green New Deal resolution.
The tour kicked off in Boston last month with a clear goal:
Monday’s tour stop at Howard University in Washington, D.C. is scheduled to start at 7pm local time. Although tickets are no longer available, those interested in watching the livestream can sign up to receive a link on the Sunrise Movement’s website .
Reflecting on the #Road2GND tour, the Sunrise Movement’s Victoria Fernandez wrote in a email to supporters Saturday:
Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate, is an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, which is now backed by more than 100 members of Congress. In a Sunday tweet promoting the tour stop, the senator wrote: “Making certain that future generations have a planet that is healthy and habitable is a moral imperative.”
Other speakers include Varshini Prakash, co-founder and executive director of the Sunrise Movement; Judith Howell of SEIU 32BJ; Payton Wilkins of Historically Black College and Universities Climate Consortium; Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats; Rhiana Gunn-Wright of New Consensus; local environmental justice organizer Jeremiah Lowery; and author and activist Naomi Klein.