On heels of bid for House speaker, protesters call for Jeffries to be a ‘climate leader’


On the heels of Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries’ bid to become the next top Democrat in the House of Representatives, climate activists protested outside of his Brooklyn office on Tuesday, demanding the rep take a stand against the fossil fuel industry and actively work to address climate change.

Protesters on Nov. 22 condemned Jeffries’ “weak record on climate action” since he resisted signing the Green New Deal. They also urged him to oppose any renewed version of Senator Joe Manchin’s plan for the approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport Appalachian shale gas about 300 miles from West Virginia to Virginia; to fight Republican representatives in the House, who have has historically refused to take climate action; and to cut ties with donors to his campaign from the fossil fuel industry.