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03/31/2021 | Federal Advocacy: Fighting Back & Fighting Forward

Center for Popular Democracy Statement on President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

Statement issued by Co-Executive Director Jennifer Epps-Addison

March 31, 2021

Marly Valiente
(201) 838-5457

“Center for Popular Democracy commends President Biden for committing to a once-in-a-generation infrastructure plan to ensure we ‘build back better.’ This bold package starts to address many of the nation’s most intractable problems by creating millions of jobs, accelerating the fight against climate change, promoting racial equity, investing in affordable housing, expanding home and community based care, and strengthening our economy. 

However, this legislation is only a first step in rebuilding our nation around the needs of the people. We call on the Biden administration to use the full power of the federal government to further support communities in the United States, Puerto Rico and all territories. This includes reforming unemployment insurance, canceling rent, raising the minimum wage, passing the THRIVE Act and fully enacting the Green New Deal, creating a swift and inclusive pathway to citizenship, and dramatically expanding access to healthcare for everyone. 

As multiple crises continue unabated, now is the time for lawmakers to take action. This infrastructure plan is the start of changing the trajectory of this country. We now call on elected officials to build on this legislation and continue this critical work.” 


The Center for Popular Democracy is a national network of more than 50 community organizations dedicated to achieving racial and economic justice through local grassroots organizing. CPD trains and supports leadership, staff, and members to grow base-building organizations to scale and leverage that strength to win cutting-edge policy victories at the federal, state and local level.