Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.
DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.
"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.
Photojournalist Steve Rhodes attended the meeting and documented the outrage among climate activists, including the "a failure of leadership" chant.
Looks of disgust as announced #DNC vote was 222-137 to strike Resoution 4 which @sunrisemvmt has said was a victory… https://t.co/5lhOePjbVc— Steve Rhodes (@Steve Rhodes)1566680336.0
After #DNC member @WinstonApple is overruled by @TomPerez people chant “A failure of leadership” & walk out to supp… https://t.co/wRI45MKARz— Steve Rhodes (@Steve Rhodes)1566681741.0
Walk out by people including some DNC members supporting a #ClimateDebate #DNC19 #DNCSummer19 #DNCSummerMeeting https://t.co/4fOZjGgEve— Steve Rhodes (@Steve Rhodes)1566682000.0
Jessica Chambers, a #DNC member from Wyoming since 2016, says “we’re going to keep fighting” for a #ClimateDebate.… https://t.co/1iueWSlqfT— Steve Rhodes (@Steve Rhodes)1566682369.0