Power Shift 2013
We are the generation that occupied Wall Street, Sandy, and Tahrir Square. We dyed Facebook red in support of marriage equality. We’ve turned out in record numbers to every election we’ve been allowed to vote in, and been the deciding factor in presidential elections – twice.
We are leading the fight to solve the climate crisis and build a clean, just and thriving economy by standing up on our campuses and in our communities to demand real solutions that work for workers and Millennials. We have put our fists in the air and our bodies on the line to fight Keystone XL, fracking, and mountaintop removal — and we’re willing to do it again.
We are not afraid to speak truth to power, to sacrifice and to demonstrate our commitment to changes that seemed impossible to previous generations. We are the most diverse generation in history, united with one voice, demanding justice for all.
Let’s face facts: we’ve got an uphill battle ahead. From the Keystone XL pipeline and university endowments tied up in shares of Exxon and BP, to fracking wells going up in our backyards that poison communities and workers, catastrophic climate change threatens our future unlike any other generation.
Meanwhile, the same corporate interests who pollute our climate have hijacked our democracy with billions of dollars in campaign contributions, ads, and outright bribes. They are behind efforts to restrict our right to vote, eliminate workers’ rights to organize, promote tragic laws like Stand Your Ground, and other attacks on our generation that are as numerous as they are shameful.
This fall, our generation must come together for a Power Shift: it’s time for a shift in priorities at every level of society. From our local communities to the national government, our generation has the power to make it happen.
Together we can build a stronger and more vibrant climate movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, demand climate justice, and build a clean energy economy that works for everyone.
This October in Pittsburgh we’ll unite under our grand vision for justice, and build the power to make change possible.
More than ten thousand youth leaders from every walk of life — college students, young environmental justice leaders, DREAMers, young people of faith, young workers — will come together to learn from one another, to build and launch strategic campaigns in their own communities.
And Power Shift 2013 is just the beginning.
Power Shift 2013 will launch hundreds of sustained campaigns and mass actions to demand climate justice. Together, our voices will unite in a drumbeat calling for change that will not be ignored.
Are you ready to join us at this most critical hour?