Protesters Target Rep. Davis For Green New Deal In San Diego
Protesters gathered outside the office of Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, Friday morning to ask her to support the Green New Deal.
The environmentalists hope to dial up pressure on their Congressional representative to be more proactive on climate change issues.
They praise Davis for moving toward more climate-friendly positions, but they said she should actively support the Green New Deal, an economic stimulus plan that pushes for a sustainable economy.
San Diego 350 spokesman Michael Smith wants Davis to do three things.
“We want her to sign off on HR 109, the Green New Deal which 100 of her colleagues in Congress have already signed on to,” Smith said. “Secondly, we want her to take the pledge to eliminate fossil fuel funding from any of her campaign activities.”
The protesters also want Davis to hold a town hall meeting in her district so voters can talk about the threat posed by a changing climate.
Davis issued an email statement from her Washington office:
“We definitely need bold action on climate change, which is why I have supported the Paris and Kyoto agreements. I recently voted to block the Trump Administration from pulling us out of the Paris Agreement and have been a leader on addressing climate change as a national security issue. I look forward to working with the community and my colleagues in Congress to look at all the elements of the Green New Deal as climate change legislation progresses,” Davis wrote in her email.
Aisha Wallace-Palomares, 17, was among the protesters. The local high school student said her generation will suffer the consequences of decisions made today. That is why the Green New Deal is so important, she said.
“It gives a starting point and it really lays the foundation for the future actions we have to take. And the legislation that follows will be more specific items that need to be addressed,” said Wallace-Palomares.
The protesters plan to be at Davis’ San Diego office every Friday until they get the results they are looking for.