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Youth activists to join Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez at 'Climate Crisis' summit

Youth activists to join Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez at 'Climate Crisis' summit
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Naomi Klein and youth climate activists will join Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Ocasio-Cortez defends Harry Styles wearing dress on Vogue cover: 'It looks wonderful' MORE (D-N.Y.) at an upcoming “Climate Crisis” summit in Iowa. 

Sunrise Movement leader Zina Precht-Rodriguez and U.S. Youth Climate Strike co-founder Isra Hirsi will be among the featured speakers at Saturday’s noon summit at Drake University, the Sanders campaign announced Monday.

Filmmaker and social activist Klein will also be a featured speaker at the summit.

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The youth-led Sunrise Movement has been a key force advocating for the Green New Deal, a progressive proposal spearheaded by Ocasio-Cortez and backed by Sanders, as well as pushing for the Democratic National Committee to hold a climate centered primary debate. 

Hirsi, 16, is the daughter of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Minn.). Omar has endorsed Sanders in the 2020 presidential primary. Hirsi founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, the American branch of the global movement, in January. 

In addition to the summit, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will hold a rally in Coralville, Iowa, on Saturday after the summit. The lawmakers are also holding a rally Friday in Council Bluffs. 

The trip is Ocasio-Cortez’s first to Iowa since she endorsed Sanders last month.