Ilhan Omar’s daughter, Isra Hirsi, 16, of Minneapolis, is spearheading the student strike on Friday when students are urged to walk out of class to promote the Green New Deal. Hirsi has partnered with co-organizers Alexandria Villasenor, 13, of New York, and Haven Coleman, 12, of Denver. Omar is supporting the move and has promised to attend the strike in Washington, and she is urging other Democrats also to attend. I hope every Democrat attends, as people are waking up to the fact that the bill would be a national disaster. The loss of jobs would be tremendous, and the guaranteed pay will cost over 44 trillion dollars in the first ten years. Where does the money come from?
Hirsi, who lists on Twitter page that she is the head of the Minnesota High School Democrats and several other left-wing youth-based organizations, said in a recent interview with Grist that she is looking to “change the conversation” on issues such as the Green New Deal by organizing the strike.
“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 said.
Omar is also supporting her daughter’s movement by promising to attend the nationwide protest in Washington, DC, on Friday. The Minnesota Democrat tweeted Wednesday that she hoped her colleagues would join her at the protest:
Proud mom here! 🤗I hope other Members of Congress will join me in this strike.
We need to listen to the wisdom of our kids! https://t.co/sIYW6p7S3U
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 13, 2019
The U.S. climate change walkouts are part of a larger worldwide climate change movement called #FridaysforFuture where tens of thousands of student climate change activists around the world in more than 90 countries are expected to cut class on March 15 to demand that lawmakers in their respective countries take action on climate change and stop global warming.
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