#AllofUs Stages Sit-In at Chuck Schumer’s Office Calling for New Bold Progressive Leadership
Washington, DC – On the heels of Donald Trump’s presidential election upset, a multiracial group of 25 millennials will conduct a sit-in at Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer’s office in Washington on Monday. Under the name AllofUs the group will refuse to leave Schumer’s office until Schumer and Democratic Party leadership take responsibility for losing the support of millennial and working class voters. The group will demand that Senator Schumer step down as Minority Leader and support Bernie Sanders as the leader of the Democratic opposition.
Schumer, who just announced his support for progressive Democrat Keith Ellison, is still signaling his intention to work with Donald Trump. AllofUs will argue that it’s not enough to take a “wait and see” approach to a man who lost the popular vote, has pledged to violate the Constitution, and rose to power denying the humanity of millions of Americans.
AllofUs will argue that what the Democratic party needs now is not capitulation to a dangerous racist demagogue, but a bold progressive vision to take our country back from the billionaire class and build a future for all of us. New leadership in the Democratic party is urgently needed, especially in the senate, where Democrats’ only hope in the immediate future is to contain the damage of a Trump presidency. As the U.S. Senator with the most campaign contributions from Wall Street, Chuck Schumer has no legitimacy to lead the opposition or assert that vision.
What: 25 millennials sitting in at Schumer’s office, 5 millennial speakers
Who: #AllofUs – a millennial group dedicated to pressuring the Democratic Party to serve the interests of millennials, people of color, and working class people. Including:
- Yong Jung Cho, #AllofUs co-founder, former Campaign Coordinator, 350.org
- Waleed Shahid, #AllofUs co-founder
- Natalie Green, Survivor and human rights activist
- Moumita Ahmed, founder for Millennials for Bernie
- James Hayes, founder Ohio Student Association and Trainer with Ayni Institute
- Nick Martin, Mennonite, former Bernie 2016 field organizer, rural anti-pipeline organizer.
Where: Senator Chuck Schumer’s Office. 322 Hart Senate Office Building
When: Monday, November 14th, at 11AM
Why: Wall Street Democrats have lost their legitimacy to run the party by failing to prevent the rise of Donald Trump. Trump’s false populism that scapegoats people of color and immigrants was only successful because Democrats abandoned their commitment to fighting for working people, and sold out to Wall Street.
Our generation and the American people’s interests were not represented by this party and now once again, our lives are on the line. Democrats must commit on day one to fighting Donald Trump’s agenda of hate every step of the way, and making him a one-term president, and that fight begins with new leadership to take our country back from the billionaires and create an America for #AllofUs.
Various sources have reported (or speculated) on climate advisors to Hillary Clinton campaign and potential picks for a Clinton administration, including Politico, The following advisors have financial ties to the fossil-fuel industry or have publicly stated clear pro-fossil-fuel industry positions.
- Trevor Houser – supports fracking, oil exports. Company Rhodium Group has fossil-fuel industry clients.
- Heather Zichal – on the board of natural-gas fracking company Cheniere
- Carol Browner – on the board of nuclear lobbying group Nuclear Matters; Albright Stonebridge Group has numerous fossil-fuel interests
- Jody Freeman – on the board of ConocoPhillips
- Michael Levi – supportive of Keystone XL, tar sands extraction, oil exports; Council on Foreign Relations funded by oil and gas industry
- Jason Bordoff – Columbia Global Center on Energy funded by oil and gas industry
- John Hickenlooper – petroleum engineer, strongly supporting of fracking
- Tom Vilsack – worked for corporate law and lobbying firm Dorsey & Whitney, with numerous oil and gas clients
- Blanche Lincoln – lobbies for Monsanto, Valero
- Steven Beshear – Governors Council of fossil-funded Bipartisan Policy Center
- Tom Nides – vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, major fossil-industry bank
- Carlos Pascual – led international oil and gas promotion effort at State Department
- Sarah Ladislaw – Senior Director, International Affairs, Statoil 2012
- Gordon Giffin – Keystone XL lobbyist
- Peter Ogden – senior advisor at Rhodium Group
- Ernest Moniz – current Secretary of Energy, produced reports on fracking paid by oil and gas industry
- Ben Kobren
- John Podesta
- Jennifer Granholm
- Kristina Costa
- Daniel Esty
- Susan Tierney
- Debbie Stabenow
- David Hayes
- Jane Lubchenco
- Michael Oppenheimer
- Frances Beinecke
- Kathleen Merrigan
- Michael Mann
- Robert G Stanton
- Lucy Waletzky
- Wendy Abrams
- Chris Rackens
- Arun Majumdar
- Paul Bodnar