President Biden’s recently announced U.S. jobs plan would make transformative investments in millions of jobs, trains and bridges, replacing lead pipes, expanding broadband to broadband, securing workers the right to join a trade union and strengthening the care economy.
This plan is a critical part of Biden’s agenda, which is so necessary that our communities still pick up the pieces of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and decades of growing wealth inequality. And as with any massive legislation that would help working people and the middle classes, you had better believe that powerful interests are already trying to stop it.
The truth is, Biden and progressives in Congress cannot make these plans a reality without the support of people across the country who are fighting for change. If we want our elected officials to ensure a real recovery, we must introduce ourselves. During the two weeks that Congress was home on vacation, MoveOn members and allies came together at recovery events across the country to demand solutions that address the scale of the issues entrusted to us.—Including green jobs geared towards fighting climate change, jobs in care, health care, and all the other kinds of support Americans desperately need.
And it was magnificent. We have garnered significant media coverage, from local newspapers to national TV news. Watch and share this video montage highlighting some of the over 200 events that made up Recovery Recess.
In the streets and on Zoom, MoveOn members across the country have appealed directly to their members of Congress, urging them to be bold in offering jobs, care, justice, climate solutions, sovereignty tribal and true democracy for all our people in the next recovery package.
Here is an overview of the scale of the actions that the members of MoveOn have helped to achieve:
- West Virginians held “Jammin for Jobs” concerts across the state to demand passage of the THRIVE Act and held local rallies urging Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Capito to “go big” and support the THRIVE law.
- Indigenous frontline youth from communities affected by the Dakota Access, Line 3, KXL, Line 5 and Mountain Valley pipelines crossed Washington, DC to ask for Biden #BuildBackFossilFree.
- North Carolinians marched to the offices of Senator Richard Burr and Representatives Virginia Foxx and Alma Adams, urging them to support the THRIVE Act. Representative Adams has now officially co-sponsored the THRIVE program!
- Arizonans took part in the THRIVE Ball, a live drag show supporting the THRIVE Act, religious leaders called on Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema to fight racist crackdown on voters and pass the For the People Act, and young people gathered to demand Senator Sinema. fight the climate crisis by ensuring good jobs for all.
- Montanans organized a caravan outside Senator Jon Tester’s office in Missoula where a staff member came out and spoke with them, saying he had signed up to co-sponsor the bill!
With all that our communities have been through over the past year, individually and collectively, we know that big changes are absolutely necessary if we are to thrive. After the pandemic struck, after the insurgency, after another uprising against police violence, through one climate shock after another, it became even clearer that we can’t just go back to the way things are. were – we need to build back better and stronger than ever before.
We cannot – and we will not – revert to a standard of crumbling infrastructure, huge unemployment, racial inequalities and sustained wealth and ecological destruction. We need our government to take deep action and tackle these issues together if we can tackle any of them.
The struggle for a real recovery of our country is underway. That’s why the members of MoveOn are rising up to seize this once-in-a-generation political moment and win big for climate, care, jobs, justice and democracy.
Thanks for everything you do.