Bird dog a candidate or elected official

What is bird dogging?

Bird dogging is a tactic to get a candidate or representative on the record by directly asking them a question or confronting them in public. Bird dogging helps us identify allies, get them on the record, amplify their statements, and shape candidates’ and representatives’ stances. Alternatively, bird dogging helps us publicize an opponent’s climate denial, refusal to answer a question, or refusal to disavow donations from the fossil fuel industry. Use the questions and tips below to get you started in planning your action!

Our demands

“The American people need a Green New Deal — a 10-year WWII-scale mobilization, as put forth by Senator Edward Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to stop climate change, achieve environmental sustainability, create millions of good jobs, and realize economic prosperity for all.

I pledge that I will use my office to champion a Green New Deal in any and all ways, including but not limited to: developing and supporting Green New Deal legislation and/or resolutions; building support amongst my colleagues for a Green New Deal; and publicly advocating for the necessity of a Green New Deal.

In order to fully uphold this duty, I pledge to not take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”

Phillip Dupree (Sunrise Movement), Sam Saxe-Taller (Youth vs Apocalypse & Sunrise Movement), and Mukta Kelkar (Sunrise Movement) ask Senator Cory Booker to sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, CA.

To take the Green New Deal Pledge:

  1. Take a photo of your target signing the pledge or create a shareable graphic that includes the target’s name, seat they’re running for or holding, and the text of the pledge.

  2. Post the photo or graphic online with the hashtag #GreenNewDeal and tag @sunrisemvmt.

  3. Have the target fill out this form to confirm and notify Sunrise Movement.