Tom Gallagher is a longtime activist and San Francisco resident who just launched a diyRootsAction petition -- “Ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Co-Sponsor the Green New Deal.”
If you want to join with him in urging the most powerful House member to get with the Green New Deal program, click here.
“For too long,” Gallagher says, “we’ve asked the people who can least afford it to foot the bill for environmental reforms that the nation and the world so badly need. For instance, when we propose an increased gasoline tax to reduce pollution and global warming, we are asking working people -- who may have little choice but to use their private vehicles -- to pay for a problem that society as a whole needs to deal with.”
He adds: “Finally, with the introduction of the Green New Deal, we have a proposal for a comprehensive solution in which a commitment to dealing with the global environmental crisis is matched by an equal commitment to the lives and well-being of workers and their communities.”
Tell Speaker Pelosi to sign onto the Green New Deal.
Gallagher is a school teacher in San Francisco. He’s active with Progressive Democrats of America among other groups. As a Pelosi constituent, he asserts that “nothing better expresses ‘San Francisco values’ than the Green New Deal.”
But he notes that “our representative, Speaker Pelosi, has been characterized by the New York Times as giving the ‘resolution the back of her hand’ -- at one point referring to it as ‘the green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?’”
Ultimately, Gallagher says, “I hope Pelosi will join with the 95 co-sponsors who have already indicated that they understand the magnitude both of the problems we face and the solutions we must embrace. If you want her to be part of the solution, sign here.”
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