By Richie Ramos

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Protesters rallied at the California State Capitol on Sunday demanding Governor Gavin Newsom take action on climate change and racial justice.

Demonstrators in attendance said time is running out and part of their message was left behind as a piece of street art, which read “Release Prisoners Not Fossil Fuels.”

“We thought, since we’re in front of the Capitol building in Sacramento today, that it would be a really good opportunity to show [Newsom], not only by showing up together collectively, but also with a visual mural, that he can really step up and be a climate champion and champion of racial justice,” Delia Ridge Creamer, of the Sunrise Movement Bay Area, said.

The coalition of groups wants the governor to use his executive authority to stop all new oil and gas permitting.

They also called on Newsom to grant clemency to all incarcerated people affected by COVID-19 and wildfire smoke across the state.

Comments (4)
  1. Jamie Knierim says:

    This sounds like paid protesters sent by George Soros for a fake agenda!

  2. fiddlestix says:

    Somebody with money paid for it. Ironic they hung a plastic banner to protest the use of fossil fuels.

  3. Bill says:

    What the heck does releasing prisoners got to do with climate change? They are in prison for a reason.

  4. Dan says:

    No, not a paid protest, y’all should WAKE UP that there are millions of people uprising around the world to speak out for climate justice because their lives and health are on the line. These protesters are from a variety of well-established environmental groups, including Sunrise Movement and 350.org.

    Have you not noticed the orange air? The mucus in your lungs? Have you not thought about the kids facing a whole lifetime of summers when its not safe to play outside because they can’t breathe?

    As for prisons, the state and federal government pay millions of dollars to imprison people in the USA — and then say we don’t have the cash to invest in climate solutions, education and green energy. We need to take money out of putting people in boxes, and put money into saving our mother earth — and we can provide good jobs with liveable wages at the same time.

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