Entering the Political Sphere
Passing successful Green New Deal (GND) policies requires votes, and getting policy practitioners and elected officials on board is one of the biggest barriers for GND efforts. How can grassroots GND efforts with limited resources gain political sway in a system that favors powerful and wealthy interests? Entering the political sphere can be a difficult undertaking due to the money and expertise required, the legal restrictions, and the networks involved in running a successful campaign. Corporate polluters and interests rely on heavy interference in policymaking to subvert the people’s demands for climate action; building pressure in favor of GND policies will be crucial in turning the tide toward meaningful policy reform. The following resources cover different strategies that efforts have begun to use to enter the political realm and some rules to keep in mind when doing so, including distinguishing between 501c3 and 501c4 rules, educational GND training for local politicians and their staff, or even running GND candidates.
Our GND champions in government can come from a variety of departments, including both elected and administrative offices. These positions include elected positions like city councils and mayors but also positions in agencies and on commissions like transportation departments, port authorities, school committees, and more. Elected and appointed GND champions can be great advocates and help build momentum for GND policies.
Lead Locally works on STOPping BIG FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS & ELECT GREEN NEW DEAL CHAMPIONS.
Run for Something
Run for Something works with local progressive residents to help first time candidates run for office. They provide either an example or a possible partner if your organization is considering running your own climate justice champion.
Sunrise Candidate Program - as a model
Sunrise's program for running candidates can serve as an example for any organization who wishes to run their own GND candidates.