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Protesters with a group called “Occupy Biden” have spent the past week in President Biden’s Delaware neighborhood, urging him to declare a “national climate emergency.”
According to a description of the protest, which took place near President Biden’s residence in Delaware, the group said “non-violent action” was needed to pressure President Biden to change its climate policy.
On Saturday, the last day of the group’s protest, individuals protested on a road near the president’s house while members of the Secret Service were nearby, monitoring the group.
The protesters kept signs read “declare a climate emergency” and knelt in front of Secret Service members.
Karen Igou, a spokeswoman for Occupy Biden, told Fox News that she read the group’s demands to the US Secret Service in hopes of reaching out to President Biden.
“I actually read our letter of demand to the Secret Service because they refused to accept our letter,” Igou said. “Again, we have two demands: that he declare a national climate emergency and promise no new fossil fuel projects. He himself has stated that we are in a code-red existential crisis, but returned from policeman 26 to open more land for drilling. This is unacceptable and [sic] incompatible with life on earth. “
The protest lasted from December 25 to January 1, and a spokesman estimates that 200 people attended in total.
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Igou added that the organization requires President Biden to declare a national climate emergency and complete new fossil fuel projects by 31 January.
ONE description to the protest online it is stated that the group planned to camp all week.
“Our plan is to maintain the Climate Justice Occupation throughout the year ending the holiday week, at all hours of the day. We organize ourselves to have the necessary support for those who participate in terms of food, water, heating and toilet facilities,” says Although this event is about demanding climate action in the face of the sad passivity of our government, we also encourage our society to take the opportunity to work with others from all aspects of our social, environmental and political scene and on this way to strengthen and enrich our movement for the people. “
Several other left-wing organizations joined the group, including the Working Families Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Code Pink and more.
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Echo Alford, a member of the Socialism and Liberation Party, told Fox News that she participated in the protest to urge President Biden to act on climate issues.
“The president has the power to declare a climate emergency, but has not done so. He knows we occupied land just outside his home, but he never addressed us or our demands. The Democrats [sic] “Parliament, the Senate and the White House control, they have the power to make radical changes to protect our land and our future, but they do not,” Alford said.
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Michael Bagdes-Canning, another protester, said he “would not have slept in the cold and rain if I did not have a message for the president.”
“We went to Wilmington in June to send a message to JPMorganChase – 15 of us elders were arrested in front of their credit card headquarters in rocking chairs. At the time, we demanded that Chase stop funding fossil projects. We at Occupy Biden had the same “message – we called on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and end all new fossil fuel projects,” Bagdes-Canning said.
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