March 15, 2019
Students across the country are ditching class on Friday to protest for the Green New Deal, and one of three young girls credited with organizing the event has direct ties to congressional socialists pushing the plan.
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s daughter, 16-year-old Isra Hirsi, allegedly co-founded the “Youth Climate Strike” alongside 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor of New York and Haven Coleman, a 12-year-old from Denver.
Hirsi will be flying to Washington, D.C. to speak with her mother at the U.S. Capital Building, while students in dozens of other school district across the U.S. and the world will walk out of school to hold similar rallies at statehouses and city halls in their communities.
The goal, Hirsi told Grist, is to pressure lawmakers into taking action to control the changing climate, and to adopt the socialist policies outlined in the GND.
“These strikes are happening all over the world. Getting young people out, going to state capitols, going to city halls, going to the nation’s capital and talking about these things, that says something,” the teen said. “That’s what we’re trying to do: Change the conversation not only about things like the Green New Deal but so much more. Obviously, one strike isn’t going to change everything, but this isn’t the last strike.”
Hirsi told Greenpeace strike organizers were inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg’s weekly climate strikes and wanted to bring the idea to the U.S. Hirsi’s been involved in protests “since first grade,” she said, but didn’t become a climate activist until her freshman year in high school last year. She was inspired by the Flint water crisis, and the rebuilding of a Line 3 pipeline through Minnesota, both of which have nothing to do with climate change.
“The idea to bring the movement to the United States came from Haven Coleman. I got involved…