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Wed Jun 26, 2019, 12:27 AM

Young Protesters At DNC Headquarters Demand Debate On Climate Crisis

Source: The Guardian

DNC has declined to hold a climate-specific debate even as Democratic voters rank rising temperatures as a top priority. Dozens of young climate protesters crowded outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC on Tuesday, demanding a debate focused on the crisis as presidential candidates prepare to face off this week over two nights in Florida.

The DNC has declined to hold a climate-specific debate, even as Democratic voters rank rising temperatures - and the worse disasters and economic instability they bring - as a top priority. DNC chair Tom Perez has warned that any candidate who participates in a climate debate will not be invited to others. Environment-minded voters worry the more general debates, like those in Miami this week, will give short shrift to climate.

"I know that the crisis I see in my community is bigger than the few sentences they're going to spend on it over the next few nights," shouted Abigail Leedy, an 18-year-old from Philadelphia protesting with the Sunrise Movement, from the steps of the DNC office.

An eight-year-old from Washington DC, Havana Chapman-Edwards, read a prepared statement. "I am old enough to know when the adults are talking about how they care about my future but actually not taking action or passing any laws to fight against climate change," Chapman-Edwards said. -MORE...


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/25/protesters-dnc-headquarters-climate-crisis



Of the approximately 150 young people there some held signs reading "CLIMATE DEBATE," and "11 YEARS," the time period scientists say the world has to limit catastrophic climate change. The Climate crisis is likely to be mentioned in the debates on Wednesday and Thursday, in contrast to 2016 when not a single question on the topic was asked.

For two nights in Miami, where sea-level rise, ocean acidification, flooding and heat are prominent, 20 Democrats will debate on a broad number of topics. Many will focus on trying to persuade voters and make themselves stand out as the best candidate to beat Trump. How much time and effort will be devoted to the climate emergency is uncertain.

Advocates want candidates to spend more time on the subject. Democratic voters generally agree, based on a new poll by the Sierra Club that showed 68% of likely Democratic primary voters want the DNC to hold a presidential debate focused on the climate crisis.

READ MORE, https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/25/business-usual-death-sentence-hundreds-youth-activists-sit-dnc-headquarters-demand




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Reply Young Protesters At DNC Headquarters Demand Debate On Climate Crisis (Original post)
appalachiablue Jun 26 OP
Stryst Jun 26 #1
demosincebirth Jun 26 #2
appalachiablue Jun 26 #3
Achilleaze Jun 26 #8
Magoo48 Jun 26 #10
appalachiablue Jun 26 #4
Magoo48 Jun 26 #9
cstanleytech Jun 26 #5
appalachiablue Jun 26 #6
Magoo48 Jun 26 #11
cstanleytech Jun 26 #15
BannonsLiver Jun 26 #19
cstanleytech Jun 26 #20
BannonsLiver Jun 26 #22
cstanleytech Jun 26 #24
Achilleaze Jun 26 #7
Magoo48 Jun 26 #13
Locrian Jun 26 #12
Magoo48 Jun 26 #14
Locrian Jun 26 #17
KPN Jun 26 #16
BannonsLiver Jun 26 #18
Bradical79 Jun 26 #21
BannonsLiver Jun 26 #23

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 12:50 AM

1. ...wait, what!?

DNC chair Tom Perez has warned that any candidate who participates in a climate debate will not be invited to others.


This is the biggest issue facing humanity.

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Response to Stryst (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 12:57 AM

2. Its secondary to defeating Trump. If we don't defeat the orange menace we can forget about fightinhg

climate change.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 01:02 AM

3. The DNC should have decided on a specific debate, with

allocated time for climate change to be discussed, and maybe this wouldn't have happened. Agree about the no. 1 priority.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 06:34 AM

8. Having a meaningful debate and climate platform are essential to defeat...

the deceitful and ignoble KGOP republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 07:50 AM

10. Defeating 45 and a fearless, powerful stance on climate catastrophe are not mutually exclusive.

His record of attacking our common environment welfare is a glaring obscenity ripe for attack.

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Response to Stryst (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 01:03 AM

4. What he said a week or so ago. It is the largest global issue,

see #3.

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Response to Stryst (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 07:44 AM

9. Exactly.

Fear and timidity are not the proper stance on humanityís most dire threat.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 01:07 AM

5. I suspect a primary reason for them not doing it is because while its an important issue

its not an issue that they feel will sway enough voters that voted for Trump but are now regretting that vote.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 01:12 AM

6. There's that, it's putting all in a tough spot. And these protests

could continue and the issue brought up more nationally which could be beneficial, even to the mouth breathers.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 07:58 AM

11. How can a majority of Dem voters not be swayed by their own survival?

Climate Catastrophe is backed by volumes of impeccable research just waiting there to arm well informed candidates. All they need do is study it and use it.

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Response to Magoo48 (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 11:26 AM

15. Because that's not an issue in the here-and-now as much currently.

Down the road sure it's going to become a major problem but they are not really concerned about it right now.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 04:01 PM

19. There will be perhaps dozens of debates before it's all over.

Does anyone believe it wonít come up?

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Response to BannonsLiver (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 06:17 PM

20. Oh, no doubt it will but making it a main issue would cause the focus to shift away from what

Trump is doing to this country and the outright unethical corruption he and the people he has chosen are engaged in.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #20)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 09:01 PM

22. Agreed.

Whatís more, who wants to watch a bunch of candidates standing around agreeing with each other. Not very compelling IMO.

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Response to BannonsLiver (Reply #22)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 09:52 PM

24. Yup if we wanted that we would be Fox News viewers. nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 06:32 AM

7. How is this not a NO BRAINER ?

Hello! DNC! Wake the fuck up!

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 07:59 AM

13. Precisely my reaction.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 07:58 AM

12. stupid stupid stupid....

>>>DNC has declined to hold a climate-specific debate even as Democratic voters rank rising temperatures as a top priority.

Come on DNC get your head out of your ass!

Miami is the perfect place to talk about this - because Miami for all practical purposes is DONE.
Miami will be one of he first to go with seawater rise and the limestone it's built upon.

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Response to Locrian (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 08:04 AM

14. Fear and waffling, not the look we want to wear into debate season.

A powerful well informed stance, clearly articulated, is a clear path to attracting voters.

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Response to Magoo48 (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 12:14 PM

17. exactly - what's it called? oh yeah: leadership! - n/t

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 11:48 AM

16. While there was initially a seemingly legitimate rationale for not hosting a single issue debate,

the problem that now confronts the DNC is one of trust regarding "whose side are you on" from the perspective of young people. The DNC -- or shall I say the party establishment? -- has had this problem for a while now. It sometimes comes across to some as "wanting our vote, but not our input or influence".

It seems to me the DNC should find a way to compromise on this particular issue. With or without tRump, it is the singular most vital issue affecting human interest in the next decade or so. The effects of global warming could well surpass sheer environmental. Considering humans' dependence on resources, they could well trigger devastating world war.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 03:59 PM

18. It would be great if a debate would solve something

But it wonít. And the uproar also illustrates the flawed human response to the issue. A lot of talk with little follow through. A debate would just be more of the same.

Given that, these people are indirectly working to get Fat Donnie another 4 years by attacking the party, whether they realize it or not.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 06:28 PM

21. DNC alienating young voters. Lovely.

Can't say I'm shocked though. They make a lot of bad strategic decisions.

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 09:02 PM

23. They're not alienating anyone

Having a bunch of people standing around agreeing with each other on climate change isnít a debate, itís a snooze fest.

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