Sunrise Movement makes an endorsement

By Conor Kelly

Last Monday, the Sunrise Movement on campus met to discuss their strategies for electing progressives and how best to address the issue of climate change, an issue that has claimed a major priority. The Sunrise Movement has become a force for environmental policy on campus and in Dubuque at large, organizing a march on campus in Sept. of 2019, as well as a strike outside Rep. Abby Finkenauer’s office within the same month. The organization supports the Green New Deal, community outreach and youth activism. Recently, the Sunrise Movement’s Loras chapter has endorsed Kimberly Graham for the United States Senate.

Graham, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Senate, spent an hour speaking to students, answering questions and addressing their concerns on anything from climate change to healthcare, disability rights to school vouchers. Many students, such as Loras sophomore and organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, Addison Aronson, found Graham to be an exciting and important break from the traditional candidates.

“Not only has Ms. Graham demonstrated her understanding and undivided attention on a number of important issues such as environmental justice, universal healthcare, workers’ rights, civil rights, etc.,” said Aronson, “but she has also shown willingness to stand toe-to-toe to opposition from outside as well as within the Democratic party itself. She doesn’t take a nickel of corporate PAC money.”

Graham’s campaign supports the view that a traditional approach to politics is not working, and that if we are to have a truly beneficial society, the government has to work for the people. Her website reiterates Aronson’s statements, emphasizing the need for grassroots donations and public support.

Graham is not new to the political world, as she was a participant in the 2019 Women’s March in Des Moines, IA. She also has experience as a Child Welfare attorney and has spent her time working to help abused children and parents in the court system, which plays a large role in her activism, compassion and change – the core tenants of her campaign.

Along with three other candidates, Graham fights for the win, but the recent endorsement has set her ahead of the game, and political aficionados will have to wait and see just what impact she and the Sunrise Movement will make.

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Conor J. Kelly is the Opinion Editor for the Lorian. He is a Staff Writer, and Political Science and History major.

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