Coalition Launches Six-Figure Billboard Campaign to Push Biden, Congress to Go Bigger on Infrastructure
Across the country, 46 billboards highlight the 15 million good, union jobs that can be created through transformational investments in climate, care, jobs, and justice.
WASHINGTON - Across the nation, 46 billboards are going up this congressional recess to push members of Congress and President Biden to go much bigger and pass a $10 trillion, transformational infrastructure package, the Green New Deal Network announced today.
The billboards call for passage of the THRIVE Act, a comprehensive federal economic recovery and infrastructure package that is far more ambitious than President Biden’s just-announced American Jobs Plan. They are part of a broader two-week “Recovery Recess” campaign in which tens of thousands of activists are taking action through more than 140 grassroots events and counting.
Addressing individual legislators by name, the billboards tout the 15 million good, union jobs that would be created nationwide by the THRIVE Act’s package, and individual boards also point to how many new jobs would appear in particular states states, including 205,000 jobs in Arizona, 50,000 jobs in West Virginia, and 305,000 jobs in Georgia. The jobs figures come from analysis by experts at the Public Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Over 100 members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and hundreds of leading union, racial justice, and climate groups have endorsed the THRIVE (Transform, Heal, Renew, and Invest in a Vibrant Economy) agenda, the platform that served as the basis for the THRIVE Act. The Act will be introduced this month and invests $1 trillion per year to end the unemployment crisis, cut climate pollution in half by 2030, and advance racial, Indigenous, gender, environmental, and economic justice.
Several of the billboards greeted President Biden on Wednesday as he arrived in Pittsburgh, calling on him to “Go Big!” and create millions of jobs. The organization is spending six figures on the billboard buy.
View examples of the 46 billboards going up around the country.
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The Green New Deal Network is a 50-state campaign with a national coordinating table of 15 organizations: Center for Popular Democracy, Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, Movement for Black Lives, MoveOn, People’s Action, Right To The City Alliance, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, US Climate Action Network, and the Working Families Party.