On Congress’s the first day back to work after the November 2018 election, hundreds of young people with the Sunrise Movement lined up outside the office of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
They were there to demand a Green New Deal.
The protesters carried envelopes stuffed full of thousands of letters from other young people. One by one, they filed into Pelosi’s office. Some gave short speeches as they delivered their demands. The 51 of them who sat down in Pelosi’s office and refused to leave were arrested.
When it was her turn to speak, Sophia Zaia from Philadelphia said:
“Back in Nancy Pelosi’s home state, 42 people were just burned alive by wildfires, that are described as fire tsunamis, that we literally do not know how to fight. And she’s come to that crisis with a water gun, saying that she’s going to revive a committee to talk about evidence of climate change? That maybe would have been helpful back in 1968, when Exxon first learned about climate change. But that, today, is so, so far from what we need.”