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 SandersBiden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez posts experience getting antibody tested for COVID-19 The continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal 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 OmarOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic Ocasio-Cortez endorses progressive Democrat in Georgia congressional primary 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.