For immediate release: November 19, 2021
DETROIT — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 220 to 213 to pass Biden’s Build Back Better bill. The legislation will now move on to the senate. A coalition of the Michigan community advocacy groups 482 Forward, Detroit Action, Michigan Climate Action Network, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, MI Liberation, Michigan People’s Campaign, Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network, MOSES Action, Mothering Justice, Sierra Club MI Chapter and We The People - Action Fund issued the following statement:
Imagine a world where, whatever the color of your skin, the contents of your wallet, or what documents you have, you could know that your family will be ok. The passing of the Build Back Better Act brings us one step closer to enacting these historic changes for working families in America. From the ability to make a good living, have great care and affordable meds for our families, to clean air and water for generations to come. We’re glad to have values-driven lawmakers in MI who are fighting for these things. Now, we demand that our senate leaders pass a BBB Act that reflects how we look out for each other, not rewarding those who hurt us all by only looking out for themselves.
About 482 Forward
482Forward is a citywide education organizing network in Detroit. We are neighborhood organizations, parents, and youth committed to ensuring that all Detroit children have access to an excellent education, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. Together, we are building power to make systemic change and win educational justice for our communities. Learn more at 482forward.org.
About Detroit Action
Detroit Action is a union of Black and Brown, low and no-income, homeless and housing insecure Detroiter fighting for housing and economic justice. Our organization is a grassroots and member-led, multigenerational, community-based organization fighting for real political power. Learn more at detroitaction.org
About Michigan Climate Action Network
Michigan Climate Action Network connects and amplifies individuals, communities, and organizations confronting the climate crisis in Michigan and supports them in advancing equitable climate solutions with the urgency science demands for the environment and all that live in it. Learn more at miclimateaction.org
About Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition
Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition convened in 2011 to attempt the implementation of the 2010 Environmental Justice Plan created by Gov. Granholm. Since that time Detroit water shutoffs and bankruptcy, the Flint Water Crisis, fast tracking of air pollution and mining permits, fracking, new and aging pipelines, catalyzed under Governor Snyder. In response MEJC began growing its network and membership. Every two years MEJC hosts the Environmental Justice Summit, has three research projects with the University of Michigan, is doing on the ground community education, meeting with federal, state and local governments to move the needle on EJ. Learn more at michiganej.org.
About Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) is a nonpartisan political organization in Michigan with protecting your land, air, and water at the center of our work. Learn more at michiganlcv.org.
About MI Liberation
We believe in radical transformation of our society. One of the places where we have begun our work is a focus on healing our communities from the pain and trauma caused by the criminal legal system. As organizers, we find other people who want to get involved in changing the things that hurt us. Together, we envision a new world, fight for policies that get us closer to that world or create our own systems, if need be, and elect people who represent our values. Learn more at miliberation.org.
About Michigan People’s Campaign
Michigan People's Campaign is a statewide organization of leaders working for economic and racial justice. We use the tools of community organizing and civic engagement to advocate for change. We are deeply committed to ensuring that our government reflects the needs of all people in our state, not just the wealthy and powerful. We are a multi-racial organization with membership in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Learn more at mipeoples.org.
About Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network
MUUSJN’s mission To foster the worth and dignity of people by promoting social justice. We work to foster the connections among faith communities to create a more just and caring world through policy advocacy. Learn more at uujustice.org.
About MOSES Action
MOSES Action’s mission is to promote social welfare by developing and advocating for legislation, regulations, and government programs that improve the quality of life for Michigan residents. We also conduct research about and publicize the positions of elected officials concerning social, economic, and racial justice issues. Learn more at mosesaction.com.
About Mothering Justice
Mothering Justice is dedicated to returning decision making power to the ones affected by these decisions the most. By empowering mothers to influence policy on behalf of themselves and their families, Mothering Justice hopes to change the future of families in Michigan for the better. Learn more at motheringjustice.org.
About Sierra Club MI Chapter
Since 1967 the Michigan Chapter of Sierra Club has organized the bold action of citizens working together to protect and restore our Great Lakes state’s health and heritage. We work with volunteer leaders, state agencies and the legislature for better environmental stewardship statewide. Our members care about clean water and air, wild biodiversity, and a safe energy future. Learn more at sierraclub.org/michigan.
About We The People - Action Fund
From the Motor City to the shore of Lake Superior, We the People in Michigan value hard work, respect and community. We the People-Action Fund and our sister org We the People-MI advocate for better policies for families in Michigan. We all deserve a decent life, and that means that We the People must come together so our families and communities can thrive. Learn more at wethepeoplemi.org.