On November 29, while many Americans left their homes in search of Black Friday sales, over 300 young activists and their adult allies went on strike in front of the Capitol building to remind politicians of one thing that is not for sale, the future. Fridays For Future Sacramento, Sunrise Sacramento, Wavement, and many other local climate advocacy organizations rallied together to organize and table at an event and work to get community members more involved in climate actions.
With over a dozen speakers and performers and a few other activist groups tabling and distributing information the strike, the schedule was packed with opportunities to inform and inspire attendees to take action and get involved. The strike and the campaign for public awareness is working in tandem with the momentum for a Climate Emergency Declaration in Sacramento. Youth engagement and attendance of strikes, organizing meetings, and city council meetings remains a crucial aspect to putting pressure on local officials to support effective and bold climate action.
The Black Friday Strike consisted of speeches and performances but was immediately followed by a demonstration inside the Capitol building. Many of the protestors walked into the Capitol for a die-in where they entered the Capitol and chanted and sang. The demonstrators proclaimed to their elected officials clear and simple: they will not be silenced.