'We Don't Have Time for This': Activists at Party Headquarters Demand DNC Hold Climate Debate

September 13, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

We want a climate debate. 

That’s the message from over a dozen progressive groups and organizations who descended on the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Wednesday to demand the party devote a debate to the climate crisis in the presidential primary debates.

The demonstration featured speeches and the delivery of 200,000 petitions to the DNC demanding the party provide a space for candidates to discuss how they will handle the crisis.

“The DNC is making it clear that the adults who got us into this crisis are unwilling to be the leaders to now solve this problem,” U.S. Youth Climate Strike national finance director Karla Stephan said in a statement.

“We’re not giving up—and we’re not settling for soundbites,” said Stephan. “We demand action.”

The protest is a direct response to a Tuesday Medium post from DNC chair Tom Perez, who wrote that it would be unfair to prioritize one issue over others. The DNC “must remain neutral in both practice and perception,” wrote Perez.

“If we change our guidelines at the request of one candidate who has made climate change their campaign’s signature issue, how do we say no to the numerous other requests we’ve had?” Perez wrote. “How do we say no to other candidates in the race who may request debates focused on an issue they’ve made central to their own campaigns?”

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