Climate organizer kicks off Austin congressional campaign during Climate Justice Week

News from the Derrick Crowe for Congress Committee

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Climate organizer kicks off Austin portion of congressional campaign effort during Climate Justice Week

Austin, Texas — Derrick Crowe, progressive Democratic candidate for Texas’s 21st Congressional District, will host an Austin-area kickoff party at Threadgill’s on Riverside Drive on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. The party occurs on the eve of the People’s Climate March on Saturday and is open to the public.

We will replace a Trump-backing, climate-science-denying congressman with someone who will stand up for constituents against corporate power,” Crowe said. “All over this district, people are rallying against the corruption of Donald Trump and Lamar Smith. Central Texans want integrity back in Washington, and they’re going to get it in 2018.”

Crowe is an Austin-based climate justice organizer and former staffer for U.S. Reps. Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Adam Smith (D-Wash.). Crowe worked in communications and political outreach for nonprofits including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Brave New Foundation, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities. He is a former small business owner, having co-founded, co-owned, and operated Mothership Books and Games in Austin, Texas. Crowe worked in the anti-war and climate justice movements for years and was an organizer of anti-Trump protests in Austin in 2016.

Climate Justice Week 2017 is a week of workshops, panel discussions, and other public events that will culminate with the Austin People’s Climate March on April 29. Crowe was featured on Monday’s panel, “Climate Change Changemakers: Law and Policy,” and will be also be featured on Wednesday’s panel, “Climate Change: Putting Carbon in Its Place.”

“Climate change will cause huge disruptions to our region,” Crowe said. “A new study out just this week shows that a quarter-million displaced people could end up seeking refuge in Austin by the end of this century due to sea level rise. Lamar Smith has done absolutely nothing about it, so we have to do something about him.”

Learn more about Crowe and the race to replace Smith at