Elections vs. Movements: a strategy showdown with Sunrise (Varshini Prakash & Will Lawrence)

It’s a battle of strategy, values, and culture: should we be building social movements for the long-term that embody all of what we deserve; OR engaging in the current reality of the political cycle to win what we can, while we still can? Varshini Prakash and Will Lawrence of Sunrise Movement join us to blow up the binary and explain how their work makes sense of the rhythms of elections and movement vision.

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About our guests

Sunrise is building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We're making climate an urgent political priority across America, ending the stranglehold that fossil fuel executives have on our politics, and electing a new generation of leaders who will fight for the health and wellbeing of all people, not just a wealthy few.

Varshini Prakash has been an organizer in the climate justice movement for over 5 years, first leading fossil fuel divestment campaigns at the local and national level and then moving on to co-found and direct Sunrise. She currently serves as the Communications Director. Varshini lives in Boston, MA.

Will Lawrence is an organizer and movement builder from Lansing, MI. He is a co-founder of Sunrise and a former leader in the fossil fuel divestment movement. He serves as Sunrise's Michigan Director and helps lead the movement's electoral work around the country.

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