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Climate protesters disrupt Healey’s Nantucket fundraiser



From June protest (courtesy of State House News Service

Alison Kuznitz

Ten climate activists from a recently launched advocacy group disrupted a fundraiser for Gov. Maura Healey at a private Nantucket home over the weekend, urging the governor to halt the construction of new fossil fuel projects across the state.

Climate Defiance, a youth-led “disruptive action organization” based in Washington, D.C., targeted Healey with demands similar to those made by Extinction Rebellion, whose members have been arrested at two protests at the State House this year as they’ve called on the administration and Legislature to block new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Members of Climate Defiance, which targets “federal figures,” heckled Vice President Kamala Harris as she spoke during a fundraiser on Martha’s Vineyard this month, said Climate Defiance staffer Martin Gioannetti, who interned for Rep. Denise Garlick and the Department of Public Utilities this summer.

At the Saturday fundraiser, Climate Defiance member Matt Lyon said he interrupted Healey as she stood on the patio to thank donors and asked if she would commit to stopping fossil fuel projects. Lyon, who’s also an Extinction Rebellion member, said he was arrested at the State House in May during the sit-in inside the empty House chamber. “We knew this was an important event for her, so we took the opportunity to bring the reality of the climate crisis and the urgency …” Lyon told the News Service. “The idea was bringing that emergency to them — making them feel the urgency and the responsibility they act.”

A Healey spokesperson declined to comment, though the governor has praised the new state budget for making the “largest commitment to climate in Massachusetts history.” After falling short for many years, 1 percent of the budget is now allocated to energy and environment, Healey shared in a post this month.

Lyon said Healey didn’t directly answer his question and instead spoke about her lawsuit, filed during her tenure as attorney general, against ExxonMobil for misleading investors about climate change risks. That deflection, as Lyon described it, prompted activists to begin chanting and unfurling banners that read “end fossil fuels” and “business as usual is a climate disaster.”

Fundraiser attendees began screaming at the protestors and telling them to leave, Gioannetti said. Lyon said Nantucket police officers arrived as Climate Defiance members left “voluntarily and peacefully.” “No one was arrested but we were really harassed. We are really fighting for our future and we don’t want to die,” Gioannetti said of the climate crisis.



  1. HunterFliesonAirForce1

    August 22, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    I’d bet these clowns traveled in with Maura in a fleet full of gasoline guzzling SUV’S. This is the lowest form of virtue signaling. If these people were serious about reducing carbon, they would be the first to eliminate themselves. It’s blatantly obvious that the author of this article is in on the propagation of this movement as if the fact that these protesters are young make what they are saying more valuable than what an older person’s opinion is on climate change. This is reminiscent of Hitlers Youth, or Hitlers Brownshirts. If you want to save the world, get a job and fund your own crusade. Leave those of us who already carry society on our backs alone you ungrateful filth!

  2. Jared Kushner 2 billion dollar Saudi bribe

    August 23, 2023 at 7:48 am

    That’s all right because humanity is about the collapse because it’s too stupid and you’re a good example. Have you noticed that the planets burning and going into a vicious cycle? Probably not because you’re probably too stupid to know you’re stupid. Our kids are screwed!

    • HunterFliesonAirForce1

      August 23, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Show us the Suspicious Activity Reports on Kushner investment deal you pathetic NPC. The Biden Crime Family has about 150 of these suspicious transactions. But hey, who cares about facts and evidence? It’s so trendy and liberal to sell out America. 20 shell companies created to hide all the foreign bribes. Don’t worry about “The Children” since you don’t have any Pedo Pete!

  3. BidenisMyFather

    August 23, 2023 at 3:36 pm

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