Tennessee U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Marquita Bradshaw is an environmental activist and former AFL-CIO organizer, according to information she posted on her campaign website.
Bradshaw got 35 percent of the vote against four lesser performing candidates in Thursday’s Democratic primary, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website.
Bradshaw’s campaign website describes her as “a lifelong environmentalist and activist for worker, social & economic justice who has proudly fought alongside the people of Tennessee.”
“Marquita’s career and service have spanned labor, environment, education reform, tax reform, trade policy, and social justice work,” according to Bradshaw’s website.
“Her passion for a clean and safe environment drives her to raise awareness and fight for environmental justice which impacts the poor and most vulnerable in any society.”
The website also lists her as a community organizer who volunteers for, among other groups, the AFL-CIO, the left-leaning Sierra Club Executive Committee, and the Tennessee African American Environmental Justice Network.
Bradshaw, according to her LinkedIn page, has a journalism degree from the University of Memphis.
An April press release announced that Bradshaw would coordinate with The Sunrise Movement and speak at a Green New Deal Town Virtual Town Hall.
As The Tennessee Star reported in January, Sunrise Movement members have announced a three-part strategy to defeat U.S. President Donald Trump this election year. They said this strategy will help them elect legislators who will pass the New Green Deal into law.
According to the Sunrise Movement of Nashville’s Facebook page, members want to “end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel money on our political system” and “make climate policy an urgent national priority.”
The “Green New Deal” resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” towards a series of goals aimed at fighting global warming, according to a copy of the bill obtained by NPR.
A separate fact-sheet claims the plan would “mobilize every aspect of American society on a scale not seen since World War 2.”
That includes getting all our energy needs from “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” by “dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s non-binding resolution calls for a variety of social justice and welfare state goals, including “a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations and retirement security” and “high-quality health care” benefits for Americans.
Bradshaw wants to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Voters will choose between her or Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty on November 3.
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