ROSELLE, NJ — Jobs, justice and clean energy brought approximately 350 people to Warinanco Park April 29 to a rally, one of more than 300 happening nationwide and internationally inspired by the historic People’s Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C.
“On April 29, people from around the country will unite in Washington, DC to make our voices heard on climate, jobs, and justice,” said Maria Santiago-Valentin, a spokesperson and Lead Organizer for NJ People’s Climate Movement Rally “We’ve been organizing locally to stop the rollbacks on policies that helped address climate change and environmental injustice. Now we are taking our solutions to our elected leaders. They need to see that their dreary, divisive vision is not what this nation wants or believes in. Many of us will not be able to make it to the march in Washington - but we will come together in our local communities to make our voices heard.”
On the 100th day of the Trump administration, Americans united in towns, cities and schools from Roselle to Anchorage to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the rolling back of hard-won protections for the climate; assaults on air, water and land; and direct attacks on working families, indigenous peoples, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA, women, young people, low-income communities and many more. This mobilization is about bringing solutions to the table and targeting elected leaders, especially at the local and state levels, to take bold action.
“We’re excited to be together in solidarity and to send a strong message to our country that we are united as a diverse community of allies,” said Maria Santiago-Valentin. “These People’s Climate marches/ rallies are crucial, local ways to show support for this powerful and inclusive movement.”
The NJ PCM Steering Committee launched as a grassroots effort in solidarity to the massive event planned in Washington, D.C. Green Faith, Food and Water Watch, Tierra Madres, EJ Green Drinks, Organizing for Action, the Environmental Committee of Sierra Club, Movimiento Cosecha NJ, Songs4Peace, NAACP, Climate Reality Project, Calm and Mindful, LLC are groups that attended the Roselle Rally for Climate, Jobs and Justice that was organized by a coalition of Indigenous communities, labor groups, environmental and social justice organizations.
For more information on New Jersey People’s Climate Rally, visit http://yourmarchwebsite.com
For more information on People’s Climate Marches around the country, visit: https://mindfulnessforallnj.wordpress.com