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Tom Perez just killed the climate debate

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I'm joining other climate justice organizers in calling out @DNC Chair Tom Perez for killing the #climatedebate. Shame on you @TomPerez. Democrats need you to do better.

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    Tom Perez just killed the climate debate

    In the last few months, thousands of CREDO members joined together in demanding a real climate debate. Now that the DNC's summer meeting is over, we wanted to let you know what happened and what's next.

    Last Saturday, DNC Chair Tom Perez strong-armed DNC members and ignored the democratic process of the DNC's Resolutions Committee to kill our chance at having a real presidential debate on the climate crisis.1

    We cannot let Perez get away with this quietly. Will you let him know that we are watching and expect him to do better?

    Tell Tom Perez: We need leaders who will stand up for the planet. Shame on you for killing the climate debate.

    When he killed the climate debate, Perez was turning his back on months of organizing from some of the leaders in the climate movement. Along with our friends at Sunrise Movement, 350.org, and Friends of the Earth, we gathered and delivered over 200,000 petition signatures. CREDO members made thousands of calls to DNC members demanding a climate debate. Sunrise even organized direct action sit-ins at the DNC. Tom Perez chose to ignore our demands and 40 Democratic Parties at the state and county levels that passed resolutions urging the DNC to make sure climate issues got the air time they deserved. Perez made it crystal clear that he cares more about his political future than the future of our communities and planet. We need to hold him accountable.

    Perez has made it crystal clear that he cares more about his political future than the future of our communities and planet. We need to hold him accountable.

    The DNC's decision to not have a climate debate is a reflection of Tom Perez' failed leadership. Corporate Democrats like him may have won this battle, but the fight to make the climate a priority for every Democratic presidential candidate is far from over. You helped build an incredible amount of energy to push candidates to address the climate crisis at the scale it deserves. To protect our communities and the Earth, we must keep pushing Democrats to do better when it comes to climate issues, starting with Tom Perez.

    Tell Tom Perez: We're not done fighting.

    References:

    1. Associated Press, "Democrats reject climate debate push from activists" NBC News, Aug. 24, 2019.