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FEATURING WILLIAM LAWRENCE – A new movement of young people has taken climate activism to new heights. The Sunrise Movement garnered national attention a week after the midterm election when hundreds of people engaged in a sit-in at the Washington DC offices of Representative Nancy Pelosi. The activists, who were visited by newly elected New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were demanding that Pelosi and other Democrats back what they call a, “Green New Deal.”

Following that local chapters of the organization have been confronting their own elected representatives. For example this week Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office in California was inundated with activists wearing masks to protect them from the toxic fumes of the state’s recent wildfires, demanding that Lee also co-sponsor a bill promoting a “Green New Deal.”

William Lawrence, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement.

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