EUGENE, Ore. -- Climate activists from the Sunrise Movement in Eugene held a demonstration outside of Representative Peter DeFazio’s office Saturday afternoon.
The activists carried banners that read “don’t compromise on our future” and held signs that called for investment in climate and care jobs and infrastructure. A speech and a letter addressed to Rep. DeFazio will be presented at the rally.
Demonstrators said they were seeking to apply pressure on DeFazio to use his leadership as chairman of the committee and as co-sponsor of the Green New Deal to “go bigger and bolder” on climate action.
"We feel that the health of our communities and a livable future is not negotiable," Bailey Grebbin, an organizer at the Sunrise Movement said. "We're calling on Representative DeFazio as the chair of the transportation committee and a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal to uphold the committments he made as a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal."
They called for more support from committee members and Congress to introduce amendments during next week’s potential markups that aim to increase funding for bold and comprehensive investments in public transit and clean water infrastructure.
Grebbin said it's important to address these issues as soon as possible.
"I've seen wildfires burn, and the sky turn orange, and the sun turn red, and I know that that's just the beginning," Grebbin said.
The rally came ahead of the upcoming markup of the Reauthorization of the Surface Infrastructure Bill in the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.