On one day last week, upwards of 4,500 people signed a RootsAction petition with a clear and urgent message to the Democratic National Committee: “Climate collapse is not like other topics. It is a question of human survival. Hold a presidential primary debate on the topic of climate.”
The next day, DNC Chair Tom Perez was in Albuquerque -- where the chair of RootsAction’s board of directors presented him with the petition.
“Perez cut me off before I could ask a question,” Pia Gallegos says, “but he did assert that there would be a ‘robust discussion of climate’ during the debate season.”
In an article published by Common Dreams and other media outlets, Pia wrote: “The Democratic Party leadership’s failure to take global heating seriously is out of step with Democratic voters who now consider climate change to be a top-tier issue. The world’s top scientists tell us there are only 11 years to take preventative action to get fossil fuels out of national economies, and this estimate is likely an understatement.”
Pia added: “But Democratic leaders are acting like they don’t understand the urgency of the problem or that they don’t care.”
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Pia Gallegos presenting RootsAction petition on climate to DNC Chair Tom Perez
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
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