Hundreds of protesters were at Representative Nancy Pelosi’s office on Monday, and took over the offices of three members of Congress, to push what they believed is a need for an immediate climate change plan, according to The Hill.
The activists, who were affiliated with the Sunrise Movement, a group that’s pushing House Democrats to create a special committee next year focused their efforts on climate change initiatives, and engaged in three sit-ins inside the offices of the likely next Speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), as well as Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).
The group of activist began to flood Pelosi’s office around 10 a.m. and demanded to speak with the congresswoman, The Daily Caller reported.
The protesters demanded that the Democrats address climate change and a new green deal after they take the majority in Congress in 2019
Protesters at @NancyPelosi’s office demanding Democrats address climate change and a green new deal as part of taking the Majority next year – an effort @ocasio2018 pushing for. pic.twitter.com/M2ZajA9D2Q
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) December 10, 2018
This is the second time in less than a month that Pelosi’s offices have been stormed by protesters on the issue of ciliate change.
Capitol Police arrested 51 protesters for an unlawful demonstration outside Pelosi’s office in the Cannon House Office Building on Nov. 13, Politico reported.
“The arrests began a few hours after the demonstration began when protesters refused to leave the area. Pelosi said she welcomed the protest and called on the police ‘to allow them to continue to organize and participate in our democracy,” Politico reported.
Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was reportedly supporting the protesters and encouraged Pelosi to listen to them. However, she left before the arrests began, according to Politico.
Ocasio-Cortez noted she’s “looking forward to us working together.”
“We need a Green New Deal and we need to get to 100 percent renewables because our lives depend on it,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.
“The IPCC themselves, they say we have 10 years left and I — not just as an elected member, but as a 29-year-old woman — am thinking not just about what we are going to accomplish in the next two years but the America that we’re going to live in in the next 30 years.”
It is unclear how many protesters were arrested in Monday’s altercation.