October 25, 2018

ADVISORY: Communities across the U.S. to rally supporting youth climate lawsuit

As federal administration attempts to block #YouthVGov lawsuit, 70+ communities to rally at courthouses on Oct 28 and 29 in solidarity with 21 #TrialOfTheCentury youth plaintiffs

USA — Over 70 events across more than 40 states will take place this coming Sunday, October 28 and Monday, October 29 in support of the historic #YouthVGov climate lawsuit. Last week, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on trial proceedings while the Court reviews the plaintiffs’ response to the Trump administration’s request for a longer stay, and deciding whether to take the highly rare step to intervene in the case before it goes to trial. The Juliana v. U.S. trial was set to start on October 29 in Eugene, Oregon.

On Monday, October 22, attorneys for the 21 youth plaintiffs filed their response requesting the Court allow the trial to proceed as scheduled. Now, communities across the country are doubling down on supporting youth plaintiffs working to hold the federal government accountable and to “let the youth be heard!”

In response to these latest developments and the upcoming #TrialOfTheCentury rallies, Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350.org U.S. Communications Manager, issued the following statement:

“This lawsuit could change everything, but the federal administration continues to try and silence these courageous youth. All of us have a responsibility to double down in supporting the young people holding the U.S. government responsible for perpetuating climate change and threatening our collective future.

“As the administration pulls out every attempt to delay, deceive, and distract us from what’s being considered the trial of the century, it makes you wonder just what they’re hiding. That’s why thousands of people will rally across the country, demanding these youth voices are heard and that the government act in accordance with our constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.”

What: #TrialOfTheCentury rallies at courthouses across the U.S.

When: Sunday, October 28 and Monday, October 29, 2018. Respective local times.

Where: Distributed events in 41 states so far, with key rallies in:

    • Eugene, Oregon
    • San Francisco, California
    • New York, New York
    • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Portland, Oregon
    • Washington, DC
    • Brooklyn, New York
    • Seattle, Washington
    • Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • St. Paul, Minnesota

Who: Our Children’s Trust and the 350.org Local Group Network.

Visuals: Rallies outside courthouses with shared visuals across events, including flags, banners, chants and more!

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Contact: Lindsay Meiman, lindsay@350.org, +1 (347) 460-9082

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