A climate group associated with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.; shown) announced on Thursday that it is advancing “insurgent” candidates with the aim of defeating incumbent Democrats in order to increase congressional support for the Green New Deal.
The Sunrise Movement has helped Ocasio-Cortez promote her most well-known piece of legislation and even joined the lawmaker in a protest she held at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2018.
In a press release, Sunrise Political Director Evan Weber accused “establishment politicians of both parties” of being complacent on the climate change issue, suggesting voters want a “new way of doing things.”
“These insurgent campaigns are a clear indicator of the appetite for an entire new way of doing things, and a restructuring of our society under a populist agenda that guarantees things like living wage jobs, affordable and safe housing, universal clean air and water, and Medicare for All — all policies which we see bundled into the Green New Deal framework,” Weber said.
The Sunrise head also called 2020 “our last opportunity to elect climate leaders that can immediately enact bold, transformational action over the course of the next decade to save our planet.” The group's first set of endorsements consists of four candidates. Three — Robert Emmons, Jr. (Ill.-1st congressional district), Marie Newman (Ill.-3rd district), and Morgan Harper (Ohio-3rd district) — are seeking to unseat incumbent Democrats. The fourth, Mike Siegel (Texas-10th district), is running against a Republican in a purple district.
Emmons is a 27-year-old community organizer. Newman is a businesswoman who ran against Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski in 2018. Harper is a community advocate and former staffer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Siegel is a civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher who ran against Republican Representative Mike McCaul last year.
“In 2018, we built a broad coalition of unions, environmentalists, and progressives across urban and rural communities, in a district that has been red for a long time,” Siegel explained in the press release. “We nearly beat McCaul. In 2020, energy from groups like Sunrise Movement and inspiring agendas like the Green New Deal are going to take us over the finish line.”
Newman remarked that she is “proud to have the support of the Sunrise Movement and I am dedicated to joining them in the mission of advocating for and innovating and organizing toward 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030.”
Newman’s stated goal of achieving clean and renewable energy by 2030 is in line with the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, a plan that uses the ostensible goal of combatting climate change as a springboard to radically transform society in every nation according to globalist-socialist principles by the year 2030.
Emmons emphasized Sunrise’s chief current focus of passing the Green New Deal legislation championed by Ocasio-Cortez.
“The Green New Deal is the solution that the 1st District of Illinois needs to combat the climate crisis, reinvigorate our local economy, and curb the cycle of violence that plagues our communities,” he said.
Lipinski, considered a moderate Democrat, took aim at Ocasio-Cortez in September when she endorsed Newman to replace him after he refused to sponsor the Green New Deal resolution in the House.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Marie Newman makes crystal clear that Ms. Newman is an extreme candidate,” Lipinski said.
“Lipinski and his dwindling circle of fossil-fuel funded Democrats are a threat to the Democratic Party truly being a party of the people,” Newman said of the Democrat officeholder in the Sunrise press release.
The Sunrise Movement is a 501(c)(4) organization that launched in 2017 with the goal of electing proponents of green energy. It was originally started as a 501(c)(3) (which are prohibited from engaging in political activity) in 2013 with a $30,000 grant and office space lent by the Sierra Club, a progressive environmental organization.
During the 2018 midterm elections, half of the first 20 candidates endorsed by Sunrise won their elections, including Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
The organization’s website states that its goal for “Stage 4, 2020” is to “win governing power.” Then, strategy for “Stage 5, 2021” is to “engage in mass noncooperation to interrupt business as usual and win a Green New Deal.”
Though the Green New Deal is often associated with Ocasio-Cortez, it is a product of the think tank New Consensus.
Zack Exley, one of New Consensus’ founder-leaders, is a former chief revenue officer of the Wikimedia Foundation and Bernie Sanders' campaign advisor who helped found Justice Democrats, the progressive political action committee that recruited Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and other far-left freshman members of Congress.
Photo of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: AP Images
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