In Washington, D.C., hundreds of climate protesters rallied Saturday seeking to block entry to the annual gala dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association. The protest was organized by the youth-led direct action group Climate Defiance, which is demanding President Biden fulfill his campaign pledge to stop fossil fuel extraction on public lands — a promise Biden has repeatedly failed to meet. Joining Saturday’s action were Tennessee state Representatives Justin Pearson and Justin Jones — two Black lawmakers who were recently expelled from the Tennessee House by Republicans for leading a protest for gun control inside the state Capitol. This is Justin Jones.
Rep. Justin Jones: “This is not a moment; this is a movement. So we’ve been up here fighting, saying that we are in a state of emergency in this nation. We’re fighting fascism. We’re fighting a system that is trying to put the profits of the gun industry, the profits of the fossil fuel industry, the profits of for-profit healthcare over the lives of our people. So we must stand together. We must let them know that if you come for one of us, you come for all of us!”