A plea for change: Children rally at Schumer’s house to convince senator to sign Green New Deal

Can you hear us?: Children write notes to Senator Schumer asking him to support the Green New Deal at a protest outside his home near Prospect Park on June 8.
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They’re not gonna take it!

More than 50 demonstrators gathered outside the home of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) near Prospect Park on June 9 at a youth-oriented protest to demand that the lawmaker sign the ambitious Green New Deal, according to one parent who attended the event with his two children.

“This was a very explicit request to sign onto the Green New Deal, which he has not done,” said Stephan von Muehlen.

Von Muehlen brought his sons Conrad and Sheppard, who wrote letters to New York’s senior senator pleading for action on climate change.

“I worked on a letter with Conrad. It basically said that climate change is scary,” said von Muehlen. “They’re the ones that are going to have to live with the consequences if we don’t act.”

Another protester said the youth-centric protest was necessary to capture the legislator’s attention, and put the climate-problem in perspective.

“He’s made a lot of references lately to his grandkids, and how they are going to inherit the environment we’ve made,” said Robert Wood. “So it was important to have kids deliver this message to him.”

The young climate warriors hope their message will finally reach the Democratic Senate leader, who has yet to sign on as a co-sponsor of the ambitious Green New Deal resolution.

“The time for coming together and compromising is kind of over. And the younger folks recognize it,” said von Muehlen.

While Schumer is not among the 13 Senators who have signed on as sponsors of the resolution — which was introduced in February by Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey — a spokeswoman for the senator said he supports the concept, and applauded the children’s effort.

“Sen. Schumer supports the goals and aspirations of the Green New Deal, believes young people and students – like those at this event – deserve enormous credit in elevating the climate crisis in the national dialogue, and looks forward to working with them,” said Paige Tepke. “If he becomes Majority Leader, he would make passing an ambitious climate bill a top priority.”

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Updated 2:21 pm, June 13, 2019
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Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Oh boy! In before the trumptards start frothing at the mouth "they're coming for our cheeseburgers!!!"
June 12, 2019, 2:34 pm
Local from Here says:
Schumer is too busy scouting Gowanus for hookers to care about some leftist fever dreams.
June 12, 2019, 2:39 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL! Called it!
June 12, 2019, 2:40 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Satellite data show no increase in temperature for nearly 19 years despite a constant increase in CO2. The Sun, on the other hand, might have a much larger role in the Earth’s climate. So much that some scientists are talking about a significant cooling because the Sun is “quieter.” And of course, climate models have miserably failed even compared to the tampered NASA data.
June 12, 2019, 3 pm
Local from Here says:
Let's say you are right Henry, what's wrong with using renewable energy? What's so bad about caring about the planet for future generations? Why are climate deniers so dumb?
June 12, 2019, 3:08 pm
Hoochie Mama says:
Disgusting parents using their kids as props to further their warped agenda. What’s next, putting masks on the little buggers and attending a ‘resist fascism’ or ‘scream at the sky’ event?
June 12, 2019, 4:48 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Local, I have never known anyone who denies there is a climate.
June 12, 2019, 5:06 pm
L from BK says:
Hi, I'm a volunteer with 350Brooklyn, one of the grassroots groups that organized this event. If you'd like to find out more or get involved in climate action geared toward kids and families, go to or email us at! Thanks!
June 12, 2019, 7:21 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
On the surface,it really is unconcsciencable for grown-ups(allegedly adults),to indoctrinate children. However,if locally grown-ups,are collectively;able to make the damn"subway-trains",mostly run on-time;in addition,to abandoning(bottled-waters),for drinking NYC,(tap-water);only-they appear,to have set a good GREEN example,for their children, Let such GREEN grown-ups,March along side their children. Especially,if they even more GREENER,trade Starbucks,for coffee from thermos's? And,we should give GREEN credit where it's due. Thank you,Mayor De-blassio for you decision,not to increase legal NYC"for hire"vehicles;for at least the next year. Or limiting the legal"idle-time",for Uber and Lyfts,in Manhattan's worst traffic-congestion areas. Whatever,if we have drive,to a pro-GREEN rally;to make it on-time-NYC. It defeats,the entire propose.
June 12, 2019, 9:24 pm
Local from Here says:
There is no discussing anything with cult members. Just remind them that AOC told them that they will be dead in twelve years and then leave them be.
June 12, 2019, 10:08 pm
JoeOkoJoe says:
Tell the liberals to stop driving their SUVs.
June 13, 2019, 2:40 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To Hoochie Mama, These are parents who care about the world their children will inhabit. Climate change is very real. It is the correct agenda. By the way, JoeOkoJoe, most liberals take public transportation. Your nastiness does not belong in Brooklyn.
June 13, 2019, 8:34 am
JoeOkoJoe says:
Most? Have you taken a nationwide survey?
June 13, 2019, 8:59 am
Hoochie Mama says:
Oh please Rosenfeld, climate has been fluctuating ever since the beginning of time. These parents are still using their children as props. If you’re so concerned about children then why don’t you do something about creepy Joe Biden sniffing the hair of young girls and touching them inappropriately (along with other women). You are a hypocrite of the highest order. P.s.there was nothing ‘nasty’ about what JoeOkoJoe said. It was nasty to you because you didn’t like to hear someone criticizing fake liberals. What you really meant to say was that bashing liberals was wrong in your one-sided version of Brooklyn but bashing conservatives is acceptable in your ideal version of Brooklyn! SJW hypocrite!
June 13, 2019, 9:04 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Tots proclaim that the earth was finished when they got here! No more Chicken McNuggets - the chicken poo makes methane!
June 13, 2019, 9:26 am
Section 8 says:
Sad seeing those lemmings rally for a bjll they probably haven't read. Do they even know what a fossil fuel is?
June 13, 2019, 9:38 am
Local from Here says:
Idiot Trump supporters think climate change is a myth.
June 13, 2019, 11:17 am
LaQwerty Jones from NYCHA Chuck Schumer Houses says:
Climate is always changing, unfortunately Lefty/Fascists will never change with their violence, childish tantrums and name-calling. Trump 2020 biyatches!
June 13, 2019, 3:16 pm
Local from Here says:
See? I told you so.
June 13, 2019, 3:36 pm

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