Friday, September 20, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! METRO COUNCIL MEMBERS ENDORSE GREEN NEW DEAL AND JOIN KANSAS CITY CLIMATE STRIKE!!!
Today a sizable gathering of Kansas City young people inspired by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rally for change in policy and to raise awareness on climate issues. Members of council from both KCMO & JoCo also offer their support . . .
More to the point and our EXCLUSIVE this morning . . .
COUNCIL DUDES JOIN KANSAS CITY CLIMATE STRIKE & ENDORSE GREEN NEW DEAL!!!
Here's the word FIRST ON TKC . . .
Young people with Sunrise Movement Kansas City strike from classes, workplaces as part of global call for climate action, Kansas City Councilman Eric Bunch and Overland Park City Councilman Logan Heley join them, among others, and back local Green New Deal
Kansas City, Missouri - Hundreds of young people with the Sunrise Movement and other organizations left their classrooms and workplaces today to meet-up at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and march to the nearby rally at Brush Creek/Theis Park. Local members of Sunrise Kansas City will join millions of young people striking around the globe to call upon the political and media establishment to take action on the greatest existential threat of our time.
“Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity. It is on us to move forward and push for change in all aspects of our lives. We must support big and bold initiatives like the Green New Deal,” UMKC Student Body President Justice Horn will say. At the rally, Horn will also push for the University of Missouri system to Divest its $13 million of fossil fuel holdings.
The 11AM student rally is one of thousands of strikes taking place across the U.S. At the rally, young members will demand a regional and federal Green New Deal, a city climate emergency declaration, and a just transition for frontline communities.
“We need justice for minority groups and those in poverty who will be most affected by the severe natural disasters. We need justice for the workers who will need new jobs once fossil fuels can no longer be obtained. The Green New Deal will ensure that no one is left behind,” 17 year-old St. Teresa’s Academy student Kailee Ford will say.
At 5PM, adults from many organizations in the Kansas City Climate Strike coalition will join the Sunrise Movement for a second mass rally at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza. The coalition will include The Sierra Club, Extinction Rebellion, MoveOn, Indivisible, 350, the Service Employees International Union Local 1, Missouri Interfaith Power & Light, Fossil Free UMKC, KC Vegans for Climate Justice, Climate Council of Greater Kansas City, Bridging the Gap, Kansas City Tenants, the UMKC Geology Club, StandUp KC, UMKC Women in Science, the Battery Tour, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City Mountain Movers, March for Our Lives Kansas City, and the Metropolitan Energy Center.
This large coalition will deliver a swath of messages related to the climate crisis before marching on the Country Club Plaza. Some, like Grandview resident Craig Hewitt, 23, from Kansas City’s Extinction Rebellion chapter, will call for increased urgency from the news media.
“Media outlets seriously need to raise more awareness on the Climate Crisis. This is about the future of our species,” Hewitt will say.
At the 5PM rally, 4th District Kansas City Councilman Eric Bunch, and Ward 1 Overland Park City Councilman Logan Heley will join the organizations and speak at the rally. Both politicians will be the first on the local level back the Green New Deal, responding to the many demands of their constituents in Missouri and Kansas respectively.
“We demand the next president of the United States to prioritize solving the climate crisis by enacting a Green New Deal as their first job. We demand that our congresspeople take the Green New Deal pledge & reject any fossil fuel money. And we demand our local, elected officials: governors, mayors, state legislators, and city council members to stand with us in declaring a climate emergency and implementing a Green New Deal for Kansas City and Missouri,” Missouri State University graduate student and Kansas City-native Amy Ramirez will say.
“No more injustice, no more destruction, and no more corruption. Today we strike for First Nations people to call for respect of indigenous land. We strike for frontline communities who have been displaced and/or hurt by climate injustice. We strike for our lands and oceans to protect biodiversity. We strike for workers, families, minority communities, plants, animals, and future generations to achieve the future we know that we can have,” Amy will add.
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