One of the first things children learn about our government is their right to petition it. So when a group of schoolchildren paid a visit to Dianne Feinstein's office, they expected to at least be heard. Unfortunately, something else entirely happened.
As one of the children stepped up and asked her to sign onto the Green New Deal, DiFi interrupted her, saying she had her own Green New Deal. The tone was just so condescending. But it went downhill from there.
When the children said they only had twelve years to turn this around, DiFi derisively shot back, "Well, it's not going to be done in ten years." At that point, one of the adults intervened and pointed out that it was the future of those children on the line, not hers.
And from there, it was downhill. I don't want to give a blow-by-blow. I've linked the full video and put the shorter version in here. But the exchange about how these kids WHO ARE TOO YOUNG TO VOTE didn't vote for her, the discussion of how she won by a million votes or so, and more was so out of line, so arrogant, so dismissive that I'm still shaking.
DiFi, YOU ARE MY SENATOR. These children deserve an apology and a full hearing of their concerns with your full attention and empathy, not some half-baked dismissal because "they didn't vote for you." I expect that to happen and happen now.
After all, it's my children and future grandchildren's lives on the line too. And they deserve to be heard and considered. They're as much your constituents as I am.
If you live in California, you should call her offices in California or Washington, DC. (The DC offices are closed right now, California is still open) Ask her to apologize to these kids and give their concerns a fair hearing.
The full video is on Facebook here. The shorter, edited video is below:
UPDATE: Here is the information to call her offices. They will ask for your zip code:
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710
The following counties are served by the San Francisco office: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba.
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 914-7300
Fax: (310) 914-7318
The following counties are served by the Los Angeles office: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura.
880 Front Street, Suite 4236
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-9712
Fax: (619) 231-1108
The following counties are served by the San Diego office: Imperial, San Diego.
2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4290
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 485-7430
Fax: (559) 485-9689
The following counties are served by the Fresno office: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne.