Global Climate Strike goes local in Allentown and Reading

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WHAT:  Global Climate Strike

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 12:00pm

WHERE: Reading City Park and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Allentown

WHO: Climate Justice Committee of Make the Road Pennsylvania, Indivisible Berks, Community Bike Works of Allentown, and other community leaders

READING AND ALLENTOWN, PA – On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. In Reading, the rally will be in City Park and the rally in Allentown will be at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 7th and Hamilton. Each rally expects roughly 50-75 people to attend.

The demands as drafted by the Climate Justice Committee of Make the Road PA are as follows:

  • Support Displaced Climate Refugees

  • Support the Green New Deal

  • Have Respect for Indigenous Land

  • Protect Biodiversity

  • Ensure Food Justice

  • Improve Public Transit

  • Promote Healthy Homes, Schools, and Workplaces

  • Justice for Puerto Rico

  • Shut Down the Berks Family Detention Center

In the US, youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future. The youth have been leading the way and demanding bolder action, and now it’s time for everyone else to back them up.

This is an opportunity to move beyond the traditional climate bubble and expand the table of who is involved in this movement. Climate change is an issue that impacts every single person across the US and around the world, and the first and hardest to be hit will be disadvantaged communities and people of color. We are committed to centering the voices and leadership of people who are on the front lines of the climate fight from the very beginning, as well as making explicit the connections between social, racial, economic, and climate justice.


Information provided to TVL by:
Ashleigh Strange