Sunrise is building a movement of young people across race and class to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal. We will force the government to end the reign of fossil fuel elites, invest in Black, brown and working class communities, and create millions of good union jobs. We’re on a mission to put everyday people back in charge and build a world that works for all of us, now and for generations to come.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MEMBER
Members of Sunrise are less than 35 years old, pay dues, and work to organize thousands of young people to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal. As a dues-paying member of Sunrise, you’ll get:
Access to Sunrise trainings, programs, and resources.
The dues raised will go towards three different buckets:
hubS or chapters
Funds will go directly back to each hub or chapter through the hub finance system. This will be in addition to the money that hubs already receive from Sunrise National. If a hub is not set up through hub finance, it could go to the Hub Materials Project.
central organiziNg budget
Funds will go to the central organizing budget that powers programming things like our National Campaigns and programs like Green New Deal for Schools or Green New Deal for Communities.
Principle Six Program
Funds will be pooled and redistributed as stipends for the Principle Six Program, a financial support program for poor or working class volunteers that offers up to $800 per month in financial support.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
BECOME A MEMBER
Take the next step and join our fight for the Green New Deal. Sunrise members are less than 35 years old, pay dues, and commit to organizing thousands of young people to stop the climate crisis. If you are over 35 years old and want to organize with Sunrise, become a Sunrise supporter.
We believe that power in society comes from two sources; organized people and organized money. Sunrise, in addition to building the multi-racial, cross-class movement to win a Green New Deal, must organize money to fund and sustain the movement building work, for the long-term. Shifting to a dues based movement forces us to embody this orientation and get serious about organizing money as a means of building power.
A dues structure also allows us to make an explicit shift from relying solely on donations from foundations (though dues will definitely be a small % of Sunrise’s budget, especially in the beginning few years) and the owning class towards more grassroots funding. This allows us to remain accountable to our movement, not philanthropy and the donor class.
We also believe dues will support us to build across class by requiring members and leaders engage in explicit, and ongoing conversations about money and class. This belief was supported in the content testing process, where we saw working class people consistently more likely to support dues.
Finally, dues have a long history in social movements across race and class! Consistent funding and commitment from dues paying members over several decades have helped unions in building long term power for the labor movement.
I already organize with Sunrise movement. Do I still have to sign up to become a member?
Yes, all current and new members of Sunrise must become dues-paying members of Sunrise by filling out this form. If you cannot afford to start paying dues but still want to organize with Sunrise, you can apply for a dues waiver.
Filling out the form allows us to have a stronger record of your membership and provide you with the resources you’ll need to organize your community for a Green New Deal.