Climate activists rallied outside of the annual charity baseball match between Democrats and Republicans on Thursday after the former staved off potentially greater direct action with a last-minute deal to make historic investments in fighting climate change.
Demonstraters with Now or Never initially planned to disrupt Thursday’s game, which ended a little after 8:00 p.m. as a result of a sudden DC summer storm that began downpouring on the crowd as the sun was going down. But a massive Capitol Police and MPDC presence coupled with the Democrats’ announcement of a deal between Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday appeared to have muted those plans slightly though roughly a hundred people still rallied outside of Nationals Park.
There were no disruptions to the game itself, though activists chanted “seal the deal” about a block away and encouraged Democrats to keep pushing and see the framework announced by their leaders a day earlier become law. The Independent has reached out for confirmation of any arrests.
In a brief statement to The Independent earlier on Thursday, the group indicated that they also wanted more action from the White House, particularly in the form of Joe Biden declaring a national emergency to fight climate change. The White House was hammered by reporters this week over reportedly considering that option but not making a decision one way or the other.
“We’re in a climate emergency. Democrats need to seal the deal on climate and get this package passed, and the President needs to declare a climate emergency,” said Vincent Vertuccio, a representative for the group. “This news is good news, but it is not a win yet.”
“We intend to keep the pressure up until it becomes one,” he added.