Dianne Feinstein Doesn’t Need a Do-Over
Last week, a group of children and teenagers from organizations including Youth vs. Apocalypse and the Sunrise Movement went to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in San Francisco to ask her to vote for the Green New Deal. A video of the exchange—in which Feinstein explains her objections to the legislation—soon went viral.
“At the 13th hour of a long career,” Caitlin Flanagan wrote this week, “Feinstein did something that the kids weren’t expecting. She took them seriously, and she patiently explained some truths about American political life that they didn’t understand. And then she did the one thing that an old woman isn’t supposed to do. She said that she wasn’t good at her job in spite of being old, but because of it.”
On the morning of Friday, February 22, we urged our senator, Dianne Feinstein, to support the Green New Deal. We were not “aggrieved,” as Caitlin Flanagan suggests in her article. We are members of Youth vs. Apocalypse who are passionate about the Green New Deal and its potential to effectively address the urgent issue of climate change. We were representing no agenda but our own, and that agenda is that we want to live.
Flanagan says that we showed up at Senator Feinstein’s office to “teach her a lesson.” That is not the case. The truth is, we were there to voice our genuine concerns and to advocate for our views regarding upcoming legislation. We did not “bust into the office of an old woman with the intention of telling her how uninformed she is.” Senator Feinstein’s staff invited us into the building. We are speaking up now because science tells us we have so little time to act. You cannot compromise with science. The longer we wait to take action, the more costly and devastating the impact of this crisis will be. We are the people who will be at the forefront of those consequences.