Richard Vogel/ASSOCIATED PRESS Climate change activists rally in support of the Green New Deal in Los Angeles’ Pershing Square on May 24, 2019. The Sunrise Movement, the youth-powered climate activist group, is putting its organizing skills to the test against climate-change-denying Republicans by unveiling a slate of congressional endorsements — several in the nation’s most contested districts this election cycle. The organization plans to announce later on Thursday that it is throwing its weight behind 18 Democratic candidates, aiming to make 2.5 million calls, mail 180,000 personalized postcards and send 1.2 million texts. Some of the names on the list are expected and will likely win their races. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), for example, already represent Democratic strongholds. Other endorsements go to the victors in hard-fought primaries that Sunrise activists got behind this year, including Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.), who last week fended off a challenge from a Kennedy in large part due to Sunrise’s organizing, and Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman, who upset entrenched incumbents in Missouri and New York, respectively. Markey, Bush and Bowman are also strongly favored to win their general elections. But after making waves in Democratic primary […]

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