By Sunrise Bay Area

The California State Senate has asked us to wait another year before considering SB 260: a bill that takes the logical step of requiring the richest companies operating in California to disclose their climate pollution. But the climate crisis is not waiting. SB 260’s suspense comes the same day that the State confirmed California’s snowpack is at 2% of average levels, and more counties slip from extreme to exceptional drought. On the heels of a record-breaking wildfire season, a majority of Californians now live in trepidation about the climate crisis harming their own livelihoods.

With the…

The California Senate is currently considering SB 260, a bill that would require any corporation with revenues over $1 billion that does business in California to report the full scope of their carbon emissions and set science-based goals to reduce those emissions over time. This bill would take a critical step towards confronting the worst carbon polluters by making corporate emission data publicly available and creating a system to reduce those emissions.

What might those reductions look like? Sunrise Bay Area’s Policy Working Group (SBA PWG) has spent several months researching the climate impacts of some of California’s largest industries…

by Marissa Saenger

On Wednesday evening last week, we — youth climate activists with the Sunrise Movement, our allies, and members of the Bay Area community — lined up outside of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office to demand that all people living in the United States of America have access to employment through a federal jobs guarantee.

Our Good Jobs for All Pledge asks Speaker Pelosi to commit to doing everything in her power to pass legislation that invests $10 trillion over the next decade to create millions of union jobs addressing the compounding crises of climate…

By the Sunrise Bay Area Communications Team

On January 21st, 2021, the SBA hub sent a letter to our congress member representing San Francisco, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, asking her to act with urgency to implement five bills that would address climate change, economic inequality, and provide material security for all Americans through the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic. These bills are:

  • the Green New Deal For Public Housing Act (S-2876)
  • the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act (HR-6906)
  • the Automatic BOOST To Communities Act (HR-6553)
  • the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act (HR-4278)
  • and the Debt-Free College Act (S-672)

Protect our communities now

By Joy Watson

My one-year-old son plays at Keller Beach, a popular swimming area now polluted by Chevron’s oil spill.

The drive from Richmond to Marin County is, like most of the Bay Area, full of contrasts that are oftentimes uncomfortable. The busy and brightly colored store fronts of my neighborhood in San Pablo fade quickly into shades of gray- concrete, rubble, chain-link, rusted mobile homes and abandoned mattresses that hug empty sidewalks. Approaching the Richmond Bridge, the MCE solar farm gleams black in the sunlight, right down the street to a chemical plant and the Chevron refinery — the very one that spilled 600 gallons of petroleum products into the San Francisco Bay on Feb. 11.

Dear Representative Khanna,

We are the Silicon Valley Chapter of the nationwide Sunrise Movement. As climate justice organizers, we understand the need for urgent action to address the climate crises that are already devastating our communities. We believe in environmental, economic, and social justice — not just because they are morally imperative, but because we believe the pursuit of these ideals both strengthens our democracy and the Democratic Party’s ability to deliver positive results to the American public. We have no more time to lose. In the spirit of President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan, we are strongly encouraging support…

We are facing cascading crises and need bold government action to address them. No more excuses, no more compromises.

SBA organizers gathered tonight in front of Pelosi’s office to demand true progressive action — The Green New Deal for Public Housing, $2000 monthly checks, emergency health care coverage, and more.

Dear Madam Speaker,

We are the Bay Area Chapter of the nationwide Sunrise Movement. As climate justice organizers, we understand the need for urgent action to address the climate crises that are already devastating our communities. We believe in environmental, economic, and social justice — not just because they are morally imperative, but because we believe the pursuit of these ideals both strengthens our democracy and the Democratic Party’s ability to deliver positive results to the American public. We have no…

Warning: Graphic images of police violence below.

Yesterday, Gavin Newsom appointed Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ seat in the U.S. Senate. This appointment was only possible because young people of color — motivated by climate and environmental justice — mobilized to power the Biden-Harris victory. Our movement’s vision has long been popular with the vast majority of Californians, making this appointment a key opportunity to bring a bold progressive voice to the Senate.

We recognize the significance of the appointment of California’s first Latinx Senatorlong overdue given the State’s demographics. Nevertheless, Alex Padilla will have to represent young people of color not…

An Open Letter to Governor Newsom

December 9, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom,

This year, young people — especially youth of color — voted in record numbers to deliver Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s victory. Sunrise Movement alone contacted 3.5 million unique voters in Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, mobilizing our generation to secure the Democrats’ margin. In Arizona, where Trump lost by less than 12,000 votes, California Sunrise hubs knocked on over 3,000 doors and made over 45,000 calls to young voters of color a group that broke decisively for Biden-Harris. Across the country, young (18–29 year old) Latinx voters supported Biden-Harris by a 49%…

Sunrise Bay Area

We’re the Bay Area hub of Sunrise Movement — building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

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