Members of Sunrise Movement Baltimore will introduce you to Sunrise Movement—its goals and theory of change, what we’re fighting for, and how this movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process is a departure from the U.S. “environmental movement” as we know it—or knew it, up until 2018!
Brianna Vaughn is a first-generation student at McDaniel college studying sociology and psychology. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and lives right outside of the city. The area she grew up in was typically very poor, with high crime rates and in general wasn’t the easiest to grow up in. Conversations around the environmental and social issues within the community and schools were very seldom talked about or pushed off to the side. However, these issues in humanities have been something she has been passionate about as long as she can remember. When Vaughn first got to McDaniel college she was shocked to see the amount of students having such involvement in environmental and social advocacy. She knew right away that this was something she wanted to take part in. Her first ever semester at McDaniel college was when she found the Sunrise Movement. By the second semester, she’d decided it was time to become more involved, and this is how she became lead of outreach at McDaniel College, and began working with the Baltimore coalition in outreach. She is beyond excited and proud to be working with such amazing hubs and to be able to make an impact in any way she can.
Anne Wilson has lived in the City of Baltimore since 2007. She joined Sunrise Movement’s December 2018 occupation of House leadership offices as an “elder ally” to demand a select committee for a Green New Deal, and she has worked with the all-volunteer Baltimore hub of Sunrise ever since, focusing on partnerships with Baltimore’s ecosystem of social and environmental justice organizations.