February 08, 2013

Sandy Survivors to Meet with WH Officials, Urge Obama to Lead on Climate

280,000 Join Survivors to Demand Obama Address Climate Victims, Reject Keystone XL in State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - A day before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, survivors of Superstorm Sandy and climate activists will gather at the White House to deliver 280,000 signatures urging President Obama to lay out a plan to tackle climate change. The survivors will speak briefly about their experiences and read from an open letter to the president, calling on him to take bold action, starting with rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline permit.

What: Signature delivery to White House officials demanding a plan on climate change the day before President Obama’s State of the Union address on President Lincoln’s birthday. The event will be followed by a meeting with White House officials.

Who: Survivors of Hurricane Sandy from New York and New Jersey joined by Forecast the Facts, CREDO, 350.org & Moms Clean Air Force.

When: Monday, February 11th at 12:30pm, interviews available with survivors starting at 12pm.

Where: In front of the White House northeast gate on Pennsylvania Ave NW.

Hurricane Sandy survivors will deliver signatures from over 280,000 people on an open letter and several petitions calling for President Obama to take immediate climate action to White House officials. The open letter was written by CREDO and is co-signed by over 240,000 Americans and by environmental leaders including CREDO CEO Michael Kieschnick, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, Forecast the Facts director Daniel Souweine, Moms Clean Air Force Senior Director Dominique Browning, and Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter.

See a copy of the petitions and the open letter from the numerous groups involved below.

Sandy Survivors Meeting With The White House:


  • Alyssa Durnien

    Alyssa is a veterinary technician and volunteer firefighter who lives in the Jersey Shore community of Keansburg. Even as her own house was flooded and contaminated by mold, she has spent months tirelessly helping her hometown.

  • Jessica Roff, Occupy Sandy

    Jessica Roff is a former Federal Indian law practitioner, and a climate justice/anti fracking and food justice activist. She has been a full-time core Restore the Rock/Occupy Sandy organizer in the Rockaways since the Thursday after the storm. She returned to New York and spent the past few years in the process of trying to open a green cafe highlighting local products and products made by indigenous peoples.

  • Chef Malisa Rivera, Culinary Kids Culinary Arts Initiatives, Far Rockaway

    Chef Malisa Rivera is the founder and executive director of Culinary Kids Culinary Arts Initiatives, a nonprofit group that teaches about sustainable agriculture and aquaculture through cooking and farming activities in Far Rockaway. She is the mother of five. One of her farms was destroyed by the storm, but she and her husband implemented the emergency response plan they had devised in 2009 to keep the community safe and stable in Sandy’s aftermath.

  • Heather Kramer, Far Rockaway

    Heather Kramer moved to Rockaway at the beginning of last year. It is there that she discovered a unique beachside community full of strength and prosperity. After the storm destroyed her home she has teamed with Restore the Rock to help rebuild her home and those of fellow neighbors. With friends she is designing an afterschool program called Arts in Parts that helps kids learn by doing.

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