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 SandersSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWarren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans Trump tops list of most tweeted about politicians in 2019 Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally 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.

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 OmarSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles 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.