February 13th, 2019 by Carolyn Fortuna
Yesterday, Mitch McConnell announced he’s bringing the Green New Deal resolution to a vote in the Senate. He’s wagering that he can use this early vote to destroy the momentum for the Green New Deal before the Sunrise Movement is able to build support in the Senate. An emergency Sunrise Movement meeting has been scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, February 13, 2019. You can be part of it.
The Sunrise Movement intends to make McConnell regret this preemptive strike. Tonight, they’re launching their plans to fight back against hypocrisy and corruption.
Join the Emergency Mass Call Tonight at 8pm
McConnell made this decision to force a vote about the Green New Deal because he works for the fossil fuel billionaires, not the people who intend to follow the recommendations of the Paris Agreement. We can join with our brother and sister activists around the world and send strong market and political signals and inject momentum in the “race to the top” among countries, companies, cities, and civil society.
That is what is needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
But the fossil fuel billionaires are scared. They see the momentum the Sunrise Movement is building: the thousands of people visiting offices this week, the bipartisan support for the Green New Deal in the polls, and the wall-to-wall media coverage about a real solution to climate change.
This Senate vote raises the stakes higher than ever. The Sunrise Movement doesn’t expect to win the hasty Senate vote, honestly. Fossil fuel money still runs Washington — for now. But it is a huge opportunity. It forces every member of the Senate to make a choice: will she or he vote for a plan to guarantee every American clean air and water, a stable climate, and a good job? Or will he or she stand with Mitch McConnell and the fossil fuel billionaires who are willing to put millions of lives in peril so they can pad their profits?
Mitch McConnell thinks he can win this fight in 2019, but he’s actually just starting the process of losing it in 2020.
Once Senators are on the record, the Sunrise Movement can hold them accountable and begin the process of turning over our democracy to the people who are willing and able to fight for all of us – not just the billionaires. The Sunrise Movement will build an electoral army that will help friends of climate action and punish the members of Congress working against it.
It starts tonight, when the Sunrise Movement will meet to talk about their plan to push as many Senators to side with them before the vote, as well as the 3 year plan to take back power and pass a Green New Deal — no matter what happens in the coming weeks.
RSVP to join the call here. Young or old, new to climate action or a long-time activist: you’re welcomed to hear what the Sunrise Movement is planning. Be part of something vibrant and vital! It’s time to give voice to the reality of the existential crisis our planet is facing.
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