As 2020 approaches, we’re building a clear plan to get a new wave of Green New Deal champions into office next year. Today, we’re announcing the first step of that plan:
We’re launching a ten-state field program to elect Green New Deal champions in 2020. In Wisconsin, Michigan, Montana, California, Maine, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Colorado, State Directors will lead teams of organizers in campaigns to replace establishment Democrats and vulnerable Republicans with Green New Deal champions in swing districts up and down the ballot.
We’re currently looking for skilled organizers to hire as Sunrise State Directors in Wisconsin, Michigan, Montana, California, Georgia and Maine. Interested? Apply now. Know someone who could make a good candidate? Forward them this application.
In 2020, young people will be the largest bloc of eligible voters in the US.1 That means our generation’s votes will be decisive next year in elections across the country.
I’ll add this info to my book-in-progress about how to be a changemaker. I’d like to add your experiences and observations.
The Obama Foundation reports:
On Saturday, October 14, 150 young adults gathered at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago to learn how to make concrete, positive change in their communities.
They came from all across the Chicago area. They ranged from age 18 to 24. They showed up fired up and ready to go. They left with a deeper understanding of themselves, their communities, and how to make change at a local level.
So how do you learn how to tackle the work of real community change over the course of one day?
First, you learn how to tell your own story.
Next, you come to better understand the issues at play in your community, and how you’re connected to them in a real, personal way.
Then you learn how to create an action plan to tackle an issue that matters to you.
Finally, you meet community organizations who are already making change on a local level.
Our participants were joined by 25 peer advisors — young folks who have taken on active leadership roles in their communities — and three knowledge partners who helped design the curriculum for the day:
Mikva Challenge — A civic education group that puts together local programming to help high schoolers become more civically engaged.
Facing History and Ourselves — An organization that helps us come to understand the bigger systems and history at play when tackling a given issue, so that we can be as strategic and effective as possible when taking action to change it.
Narrative 4 — A personal storytelling organization that helps people tell their stories, both to deal with trauma and take strategic action moving forward.
The lawsuit, filed by Our Children’s Trust in 2015, relies on a novel legal strategy that has yielded victories for climate activists seeking sweeping policy change in other countries. The federal government, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, and the fossil fuel industry have repeatedly sought to have the case dismissed. But federal judges have so far upheld the plaintiffs’ right to a hearing, which means the case could come to trial as early as November.