September 10, 2020 Responds to the Introduction of the THRIVE Agenda

Washington, DC — Today, Senators Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Ed Markey and Representatives Deb Haaland, Debbie Dingell, Donald McEachin, Sheila Jackson Lee, Raul Grijalva, Rosa DeLauro, Brendan Boyle, Barbara Lee, Ilhan Omar, and Ro Khanna introduced the “Transform, Heal, Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy” (THRIVE) Agenda. This resolution tackles the compounding crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and racial and economic injustice through a set of policies aimed at building a more just and equitable America. Policy Director Natalie Mebane gave the following response:

“We support the THRIVE Agenda’s powerful vision for unity and momentum for economic renewal. It’s high time the federal government provides immediate and direct relief from COVID-19, climate destruction, and racial and economic injustice, through a Just Recovery. Instead of handing out billions of dollars to failing fossil fuel companies, our government should prioritize those most impacted, primarily Black, Indigenous, immigrant, communities of color, and working class people. We need to provide direct relief to communities, mutual aid, and real solutions in which we all thrive.” North America Director Tamara Toles O’Laughlin gave the following response:

“What else needs to happen for our government to put people first? While wildfires pollute California’s air, hurricanes wreck livelihoods in the Gulf, and COVID-19 continues to cause loss of life, Congress must show up and throw down in the next month to ensure a social and economic recovery for all who are suffering. The policies outlined in the THRIVE Agenda address critical needs, including the millions of good jobs in renewable industries and real investment in frontline communities and Black, Indigenous and all communities of color. It’s time to act now to prioritize economic revitalization, respect Indigenous sovereignty, and to advance bold climate action. This resolution begins the public conversation about the current moment: a time of compound crisis that is causing despair, distress, and devastation. The fissures in our nation’s political, economic, and social landscape are beyond evident and fast widening. We demand a Just Recovery now.”


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