New York governor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will join former Secretary of State John Kerry, Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash and Poor People's Campaign leader Catherine Flowers as members of Joe Biden's climate change task force.
This move is a way to bring progressives to join Joe Biden's campaign presidential campaign against noted moron and blight on American democracy Donald Trump and his legion of Fox News-addled nitwits. Not sure why so-called progressives would need further convincing, but okay.
Anyway, Senator Bernie Sanders has said, "I commend Joe Biden for working together with my campaign to assemble a group of leading thinkers and activists who can and will unify our party in a transformational and progressive direction."
A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez, Lauren Hitt, said in a statement that the congresswoman "will be fully accountable to" members of the climate justice community while serving on the task force. "She believes the movement will only be successful if we continue to apply pressure both inside and outside the system," Hitt said. "This is just one element of the broader fight for just policies.
"Last month Ocasio-Cortez did an interview with the New York Times where she said that she intends to support Biden in the general election but that she urges him to listen to the majority of Democratic voters who support progressive platforms Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and economic reforms focused on working people. There has been a trending hashtag among progressives called #EarnOurVote to adopt these policies.
"The work of the task forces will be essential to identifying ways to build on our progress and not simply turn the clock back to a time before Donald Trump, but transform our country," Biden said in a statement Wednesday.
During her interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez said, "I just don't know if this message of 'We're going to go back to the way things were' is going to work for the people for who the way things were was really bad."
On Twitter, Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash shared why she had accepted the invitation to join the climate task force.