Friday, December 06, 2019
KANSAS CITY GREEN NEW DEAL CLIMATE STRIKE FRIDAY!!! WILL LOCAL NEXTGEN PROGRESSIVES SAVE THE PLANET?!?!
Here's the mission statement for the progressive Friday walkout protest across the metro . . .
Young people put their lives on hold to launch their version of a Green New Deal for Kansas City at City Hall with KCMO Councilman Eric Bunch, then they sat-in at Rep. Sharice Davids’ office to demand she back a federal one, too
If passed, KC would be one of the first major cities in the Midwest to adopt a Green New Deal
Kansas City, Missouri -- Over 100 young people from all across the metro area walked out of classrooms and workplaces today to demand the Kansas City Council immediately adopt a Green New Deal resolution for Kansas City. The strike was part of an increasing global call for climate action amongst young people, which has shaped the conversation in the 2020 elections. Led by Sunrise Movement KC, a local climate activist organization, students began rallying at City Hall at 12:00pm where they launched their Green New Deal for Kansas City resolution with KCMO District 4 City Councilman Eric Bunch, who proceeded to introduce the resolution to the Council that day.
The Green New Deal resolution calls for a 10-year plan to transition Kansas City’s economy to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 while providing good jobs in the process. If passed, it would make Kansas City one of the first major cities in the Midwest to adopt a Green New Deal, ahead of larger cities like Chicago. Though Kansas City has a Climate Protection Plan, young people with Sunrise Movement KC argue that it does not take the scale or urgency of the crisis seriously enough.
More of the local news has ignored it but here's a nice write-up for worker bees almost out of the door . . .
Climate change activists want green new deal for Kansas City
A few more worthwhile notes from today's protest . . .
- A progressive contender and vet who recently moved to Kansas City @MaiteSalazar4MO "We, like my opponent @repcleaver, deserve the right to age gracefully, to know that we will grow old, and that our children will grow old, and their children after that." Congressman Cleaver does not support the #GreenNewDeal."
- From otherwise absent Council Dude & Bike/Walk Lover Eric Bunch: "Yesterday we adopted a resolution to move to fare free transit. Today I announced my sponsorship of a Green New Deal resolution. Love that we are making big moves on equity, transportation, and climate."
- Progressive Vs. Progressive Pushback: Sunrise Kansas City and high school students from Johnson County will (ATTEMPT TO) take over and occupy the Overland Park office of Democratic Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-5) to demand that she support a federal Green New Deal or step aside for someone who will.
And so . . .
WILL THESE NEXTGEN KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS SAVE THE WORLD BY WAY OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL?!?!
You decide . . .