Activists urge Democratic candidates to reject fossil campaign donations

Members of the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, as part of the Sunrise Movement, made their presence known at the 2018 Rhode Island Democratic Party State Committee Meeting on Sunday night by standing outside the meeting with signs urging attending politicians and candidates to no longer accept campaign donations from fossil fuel companies.

The Democratic National Committee recently announced that it was taking a stand against campaign donations from fossil fuel companies, saying, “fossil fuel corporations are drowning our democracy in a tidal wave of dark oily money; they have deceived the public about the impacts of climate change, fought the growth of clean renewable energy, and corrupted our political system.”

The Sunrise Coalition is a movement of young people working to make climate change an urgent priority across America.

There was going to be a call for a motion to discuss this idea at the meeting, but that didn’t happen.

Candidates can find out more and take the pledge here.

Over 30 candidates and elected officials in Rhode Island have signed onto the pledge.

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