Update: An action page has been created to show support for Joel - Stand with Joel!
Cal State Los Angeles Senior Joel Francis issued a debate challenge to billionaire CEO Charles Koch of Koch Industries today. Joel's a former student body president, a Marine Corps veteran, and is looking forward to a job in the clean energy economy that Prop 23 would ruin.
Joel said: "The Koch Industries have spent millions of dollars in our state, the CEO ought to have the courage to debate Prop 23 in person. Mr. Koch has donated at least $1 million to the Proposition that would suspend California's clean energy and climate change laws, and I'm standing up, along with thousands of other students to say No, we can not let this happen."
Joel asked for a public debate on Prop 23 and California's economic future, anytime, anywhere in the state before election day. Notably he also promised to show up in Wichita, Kansas if Charles Koch doesn't respond before Tuesday.
Joel's part of Power Vote California, a project of the California Student Sustainability Coalition. Hundreds of students are working across the state to stop Prop 23 and mobilize our generation to vote on November 2. Young leaders are standing up to out-of-state special interests trying to ruin our clean energy future by voting No on Prop 23.
View their press release announcing the debate challenge here.