July 2020: In the News

Minnesota from a National Lens, Green New Deal, Visual Activism, Women Heading to Congress

Minnesota from a National Lens

Stories in national news from Minnesota’s recent protests included interviews with women involved in community response, such as Sumaya Keynan (pictured above), who said, “We have another virus to fight, and it’s more important.” A profile of University of Minnesota student body president Jael Kerandi noted that she saw George Floyd’s final moments on a Monday night and sent a letter to Joan Gabel, president of the university, demanding that the institution sever ties with the Minneapolis Police Department, citing a history of civil rights abuses. By Wednesday, the university announced it was reducing ties with the department.”

Source: The Lily


Green New Deal and Online Training

Sunrise School is an online training program led by young climate activists that was pulled together after students were home-based for spring semester. There are three levels of online learning experiences designed to train thousands of new leaders in how to push elected officials to pass a Green New Deal.

Fridays For Future, the youth climate action group founded by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, and the BIPOC-led youth activist group Zero Hour, also call attention to the root causes of the climate crisis.

Thirty-five-year-old Rebecca Ersek dialed into a Sunrise webinar from Delaware. She is new to activism. Her first protest was a climate strike in September 2019. “Seeing the work these young folks are doing is so inspiring that I cannot just keep on with business as usual,” she says. Within the year, she plans to leave her job and move to Minnesota, where she will join efforts to fight the oil pipeline Line 3.

Source: Yes! Magazine


Visual Activism

Led by Extinction Rebellion, climate activists in London took advantage of an empty Trafalgar Square to lay out 2,000 pairs of children’s shoes in protest of the government bailouts of carbon-intensive industries. “Many young people feel suffocated by fear of what is to come, and now with this pandemic, maybe others will start to understand our fear for the future,” one young activist said.

Source: Reuters


Do Not Eat

A short Vox video explains the foods to avoid as the biggest climate change culprits — beef, cheese, and coffee, for starters — and why. A research team at Oxford University looked at data from more than 38,000 commercial farms in 119 countries. The result is a comprehensive study comparing greenhouse gas emissions from the land use, production, and distribution of common foods.

Source: Vox


Women Heading to Congress

Barring an unlikely upset, New Mexico will have its first all-female House delegation in January. All six of the women running as major party candidates are either Latinx or Native women. After a June primary, candidates in Iowa’s Senate race and two of the four House races are all women — Iowa didn’t elect a woman to Congress until 2014. Two races in Indiana this fall will feature women from both major party tickets. A record 558 women have filed to run for the U.S. House so far this year. In 2018, 476 women ran. However, women still represent just 26 percent of the Senate and 23 percent of the House. Of the 127 women currently in Congress, 37 percent are women of color.

Source: The 19th newsletter