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Pasadena Students Behind September, December Climate Strikes Form Sunrise Hub

Pasadena, CA  After organizing two climate strikes at Pasadena City Hall this year under the name Pasadena Climate Strike, a group of nine students from Pasadena’s Sequoyah School recently formed a high school hub of the Sunrise Movement.

“Forming this hub will allow us to focus on other actions besides climate strikes and build our momentum in the lead-up to the 2020 elections,” said Ozzy Simpson, Co-President of Sequoyah’s student council and Sequoyah’s Sunrise Hub Coordinator. “I’m excited to see our hub grow and encourage change locally.”

In September, over 500 people joined the strike led by Sequoyah students and participated in a die-in. In December, about 100 people joined in another strike, die-in, and march. Over 100 people signed a petition recently asking Pasadena City Council to champion a Green New Deal and get fossil fuel money out of local elections, that students from the Sunrise Sequoyah hub presented at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The new hub has already started working on their future actions, including a climate action forum with Pasadena’s mayoral and city council candidates in February in partnership with other local environmentally-concerned organizations.

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Sunrise is building a movement led by young people to stop climate change and create millions of good-paying jobs in the process. We’re transforming our generation’s anger and frustration at witnessing a lifetime of political inaction on climate into a mass movement to build the political consensus for the real solutions to the crisis. We’re building the bridges between protest, youth organizing and electoral politics.