New Orleans Youth will Strike for the Climate on Dec 6

Protesters march with signs along Market Street during the San Francisco Youth Climate Strike. March 15, 2019 (Photo courtesy Marti Johnson, Wikimedia)

On December 6th, young people from all over the New Orleans Metro Area will strike, walking out of their classrooms and workplaces. They will call on the City Council and Mayor LaToya Cantrell to become champions of the Green New Deal. Other demands include:

  • Fully fund the relocation of Gordon Plaza residents
  • Stop the New Orleans Entergy gas plant
  • Commit 100% to renewable energy in the city
  • Take no donations over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs

During the climate strike, various young people will share their stories on how they have been personally impacted by the climate crisis, and what the Green New Deal would mean for their communities. Residents of Gordon Plaza and the #NoGasPlant Coalition will also be joining in. Speakers include:

  • Ida Schenck, a 12-year-old climate activist, who has organized multiple climate strikes for students in her school.
  • Takeya Abeni, a 21 year old senior at Xavier University and the Vice President of College Democrats of Louisiana
  • Residents of Gordon Plaza, who will describe their decades-long struggle for a fully funded relocation.
  • Pastor Gregory Manning, the Pastor of Broadmoor Community Church, recently arrested in Baton Rouge after marching with the Coalition Against Death Alley.

The rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with speakers beginning at 1 p.m.. It will be held at New Orleans City Hall (1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112). The event is being organized by the Sunrise Moment, which has worked diligently to change the national conversation on climate change and climate policy.

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