Guest columnist Julian Hynes, Marisol Pierce Bonifaz and Amrita Rutter: Sunrise Amherst’s message for the new Town Council – GazetteNET – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Editor’s note: Members of Sunrise Amherst sent the following letter to the new Amherst Town Council.

We are Sunrise Amherst, a youth-led climate movement working to combat climate change and achieve racial justice. Sunrise Amherst is the local hub of a national organization called The Sunrise Movement ( Our hub made a significant impact on the November 2021 Town Election with nine canvassing events, collaborations with Defund413 Amherst, The Progressive Coalition of Amherst, and moved hearts, voices, and minds.

On Monday, Jan. 3, we requested the new Town Council stand up for the health and well-being of all people by prioritizing our community’s ideals and basic needs. Sunrise Amherst acts on an intersectional platform, recognizing that all issues are interconnected; therefore, we expect advanced racial equity measures, government transparency and accessibility, full school funding, affordable housing and enviro

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