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CODEPINK and Families’ Demand for Biden: ‘Grow a Spine!’
Demonstration in Downtown DC Will Show Why President Must Do More On Build Back Better Act – and Why Lobbyists Must Drop Opposition
WHEN: Monday, January 31, 2022, 7:30 am EST to 9:30 am EST
WHAT: #SpineForBiden demonstration demanding Biden pull out all the stops for the Build Back Better Act
WHERE: Meet at Black Lives Matter Plaza
The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook here.
WHO: Child care educators, families, children, cultural artists and advocates with SPACES in Action, ShutDownDC, Arm In Arm DC and CODEPINK.
(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Monday, January 31 at 7:30am, families, activists, and local leaders will hold a demonstration to pressure President Biden to pull out all the stops on the Build Back Better Act, as he did on the infrastructure bill. They will also pressure powerful lobbyists No Labels to drop their opposition to Build Back Better. The coalition will hold space in a street near Black Lives Matter Plaza and then march to No Labels’ office on Connecticut Ave. NW.
The event will feature a children’s play area, demonstrating the need to extend the child tax credit and pass child care investments; the painting of bus lanes to call for investment in public transportation; “Spineless Citations” for the president; the Too Much Talent band; speakers who will share personal experiences illustrating why Build Back Better is essential to their families; and a breakfast station to demand a country that feeds and funds communities instead of funding wars. Activists will show the hypocrisy of the Biden administration, which had enough backbone for the fossil fuel-heavy infrastructure bill and for the largest military spending bill ever ($768 billion), yet has been unwilling to prioritize programs that support people, families, and climate justice.
Olivia Dinucci, Organizer for CODEPINK’s Cut The Pentagon Coalition said: “President Biden has his priorities seriously confused. Over the past week he has poured more energy into bringing us closer to a deadly and dangerous war with Russia than investing in what really makes us safe: green jobs, healthcare, and childcare. If we’re really going to Build Back Better, we need a radical reimagination of our national priorities so we can center the needs of those harmed most by U.S. militarism: Black, brown, Indigenous, poor and low-income communities.”
“American families, particularly women, are done waiting. President Biden must grow a spine and do more to support the Build Back Better Act.” stated LaDon Love, a mother and Executive Director for SPACEs In Action. “We are facing decades of underinvestment that have promoted racial and gender economic inequality and the Build Back Better Act provides the key investments that will protect families struggling to survive.”