Climate activists and UAW escalate election pressure: Disruptions and endorsements ahead of Super Tuesday

Climate activists have disrupted campaign events of major political figures, while the UAW has taken a firm stance in the upcoming 2024 election.


The political climate heats up ahead of Super Tuesday with recent developments involving the Sunrise Movement and the United Auto Workers (UAW). Climate activists have disrupted campaign events of major political figures, while the UAW has taken a firm stance in the upcoming 2024 election.

At a campaign rally in Laconia, New Hampshire, Sunrise Movement activist Adah Crandall challenged former President Donald Trump, questioning his support for oil millionaires over ordinary people. Similar protests occurred at Nikki Haley’s event in Nashua, New Hampshire, where activists accused her of accepting fossil fuel money and neglecting environmental issues.

The Sunrise Movement is targeting both Republican and Democratic candidates, seeking to bring attention to climate issues and foreign policy. Stevie O’Hanlon, Sunrise Communications Director, stated, “Biden needs to start showing that he cares about the lives of young people and the lives of Palestinians if he actually wants to win the votes of young people and people of color in this country.” The group demands that Biden declare a climate emergency and reevaluate U.S. support for Israel in Gaza.

At the UAW’s National Community Action Program Conference, President Shawn Fain spoke about the misdirected fears concerning migrants. He said, “Right now, we have millions of people being told that the biggest threat to their livelihood is migrants coming over the border. The threat we face at the border isn’t from the migrants. It’s from the billionaires and the politicians.”

Shawn Fain discussed the UAW’s vision for a political movement led by the working class, confirming plans for a general strike in 2028. He emphasized the importance of uniting different labor unions for a significant collective action.

The UAW has endorsed President Joe Biden for reelection. Fain compared Biden and Trump, underscoring Biden’s support for labor rights. He highlighted Biden’s engagement with the union during their strike against the Big Three automakers.

The UAW’s endorsement of Biden is seen as a strategic move that could influence the election, especially in key states like Michigan. The union’s large membership and historical influence could sway the working-class vote.

Donald Trump is seeking to engage with labor unions like the Teamsters, as part of his campaign strategy. This effort suggests an acknowledgment of the pivotal role unions play in the electoral process.

The Sunrise Movement and the UAW are actively participating in the 2024 election, each group influencing the political discourse through direct action and endorsements. Their involvement is shaping the election landscape, with potential impacts on voter decisions.

“Our generation demands action, and our votes depend on it,” said Stevie O’Hanlon, Sunrise Communications Director.


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