Sen. Booker Champions Green New Deal After Meeting with TCM Chapter

Climate Mobilization organizers with our Hoboken, New Jersey Chapter played a key role in driving home the Climate Emergency message to NJ Senator Cory Booker, just weeks before he came out as the first Democratic Senator to support the Green New Deal.

Climate Mobilization organizers with our Hoboken, New Jersey Chapter played a key role in driving home the Climate Emergency message to NJ Senator Cory Booker, just weeks before he came out as the first Democratic Senator to support the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal legislative framework would create an economic mobilization focused on addressing climate change and providing high-quality green jobs to all who want one in the United States. It is being championed by an emerging cohort of Members of Congress who understand the Climate Emergency and the opportunities it poses for society-wide uplift as we address this existential threat. The core tenants of the Green New Deal align with the Climate Mobilization platform and we maintain close relationships with the leaders of this effort.

“We must take bold action on climate change & create a green economy that benefits all Americans. Excited to support a #GreenNewDeal,” Senator Booker tweeted on December 14.

This declaration of support comes on the heels of a November 28 meeting with Climate Mobilization organizers from our Hoboken, New Jersey Chapter, who organized a meeting with Senator Booker’s policy staff ahead of his endorsement. This meeting was arranged after our organizers were able to discuss climate policy face-to-face with the Senator at a campaign event, which led to an invitation to meet.

“We request that Senator Booker publicly advocate for Green New Deal Legislation, and back the creation of a select committee for the creation of a Green New Deal in the House of Representatives,” read the first of five requests put to the Senator by The New Jersey Climate Coalition, a group consisting of local organizers from Climate Mobilization, Food and Water Watch, The Sierra Club, ClimateMama, and The Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains, in a letter submitted to him during their meeting.

The Climate Mobilization Hoboken Chapter successfully achieved a previous landmark for the Climate Emergency Movement when Hoboken became the first city in the United States to declare a Climate Emergency and commit to a rapid timeline to eliminate emissions. This impact was specifically cited by the City of London in their declaration of Climate Emergency.

As of this writing, cities and local governments representing over 15 million constituents have made similar declarations and commitments to Climate Mobilization.

Senator Booker’s embrace of the Green New Deal is especially important to the Climate Emergency Movement, as early indications point to him being a leading contender in the Democratic Party’s primary elections to determine who will challenge President Trump in the 2020 election cycle. Senator Booker joins Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont, as the second potential primary challenger to endorse the Green New Deal. Neither Senator has officially declared their candidacy as of this writing.

Embracing the Green New Deal appears to be a wise political strategy, not just for the contest between Democrats for the nomination, but potentially for the general election as well. In early polling, the policy has remarkable support across the political spectrum, with 81% of registered voters supporting it.



The poll, conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University, demonstrates the potential for a paradigm shift in American politics and an opportunity for a political breakthrough. The challenge now is for champions of this policy to keep the message clear and the demands focused.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Mobilus In Mobili.

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Kristen Cashmore

Senior Director
Kristen brings more than 25 years of social justice advocacy to Climate Mobilization. Her previous positions at human rights, public health, environmental justice, and clean energy organizations inform her work with the variety of stakeholders she is engaging with to bring an accelerated response to the climate emergency. Kristen earned a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, where she was a teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Malik Russell

Communications Director

Malik leads Climate Mobilization’s press and communications strategy. He formerly served as Communications Director for the NAACP. He is a journalist, author, community-based educator, and former lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communications at Morgan State University. The former editor of the Washington Afro-American newspaper, he has worked as a journalist in the Black Press for over two decades.He has a BA in American history from Brandeis University and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College in New York, where he was selected as a National Urban Fellow.

Ezra Silk

Deputy Director

Ezra is co-founder of The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. He authored The Climate Mobilization’s Victory Plan, an influential exploration of how the federal government can organize and implement a mobilization to save civilization from the Climate Emergency and ecological crisis. This document directly shaped the demands of the Extinction Rebellion movement and the Green New Deal framework. Ezra was also a lead author of the climate emergency declaration resolution introduced in Congress in July 2019. A former newspaper reporter, Ezra has a BA in history from Wesleyan University.

Matt Renner

Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization

Matt has worked as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. He leads organizational expansion and works closely with the communications and organizing teams. Matt earned a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, where he was deeply inspired by the work of Professor George Lakoff.

Laura Berry

Research & Policy Director

Laura brings over a decade of experience to Climate Mobilization in climate advocacy, organizing, research, and policy. She has worked on climate, environmental, and sustainability issues from local to global scales with organizations including the Stockholm Environment Institute, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, and 350.org. She is passionate about deepening democratic engagement in response to the Climate Emergency. Laura has a BA in human ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MSc in global environment, politics, and society from the University of Edinburgh.

Rebecca Harris

Organizing Director

Rebecca leads Climate Mobilization organizing efforts. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca he has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools. Most recently, Rebecca worked as Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants’ and workers’ rights organization. She is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program.

Marina Mails

Operations and Community Manager
Marina manages operations and volunteers for both The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. She brings broad experience working in non-profit organizations, health care settings, and running her own private counseling practice. Before joining Climate Mobilization, Marina maintained a practice focusing exclusively on climate-related emotional coping, helping people make bold choices for lifestyle and professional change in response to the Climate Emergency. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Counseling from UNC Greensboro.

Sydney Ghazarian

Digital Organizer
Sydney leads digital strategy for The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization project. She is also a founder of National Democratic Socialists of America Ecosocialist Working Group and worked to establish climate as a primary focus of the American Left. Sydney has previously worked in journalism and in academic research. Sydney received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California San Diego.

Cris Lagunas

Strategy Director

Cris is helping to grow the Climate Emergency Movement by supporting creative campaigns and extending the reach of the movement’s message. Cris is a co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, an organization dedicated to using direct action tactics to expose, challenge and dismantle the immigration detention system.Cris got his start in organizing when he was 15 years old, getting involved in a local group of fellow undocumented youth.

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

Founder and Board President

Margaret is the founder of The Climate Mobilization (TCM) and Climate Mobilization Project (CMP) and helped catalyze a worldwide climate emergency movement through her work with both organizations. Margaret now serves as Climate Awakening Program Director. She is the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth (New Society Publishers, April 2020) and several influential essays. She is also a member of the Climate Emergency Fund’s Advisory Board. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving the Climate Emergency.

AriDy Nox

Organizational Development and Engagement Manager
AriDy brings creativity, enthusiasm and a tremendous capacity for organization to her/their role, assisting the executive director with travel, communication and fundraising. AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist. They have served as a national representative for The Young Women of Color Leadership Council, the Millennials of Color Leadership Bureau, and held writing positions with Advocates for Youth and RH Reality Check. She has worked as an administrative and executive assistant for a myriad of organizations including the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU, the Youth Engagement Fund and the Community Resource Exchange.