Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

For Immediate Release

Contact

Press Release

Sunrise Statement on April Jobs Report: Biden Must Expand American Jobs Plan

WASHINGTON -

In response to the news that the unemployment rate rose to 6.1% and that the US economy only added 266,000 jobs in April, Ellen Sciales, Press Secretary of Sunrise Movement, issued the following statement:

Today’s news makes clear that Biden must drastically expand the American Jobs Plan. The American people – the ones who worked like hell to elect him and invested their hope and their future in his agenda—cannot afford to wait any longer. It is time for Biden to pull us out of this economic spiral. Jobs are not going to magically come back. We need action now. 

"If Biden intends to take this economic crisis seriously, he will include a $10 trillion investment over the next decade into the American Jobs Plan to end the unemployment crisis and put millions of people to work in good, union jobs stopping the climate crisis. Specifically, Biden must include Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey’s Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) in the package and call on Congress to swiftly pass it, creating good jobs for 1.5 million people across the country, while helping them put food on the table, revitalize their communities and boost our economy. 

"Millions of people are out of work, and the unemployment rate is rising. The real risk isn’t doing too much—it’s doing too little."

Sunrise Movement has demanded the administration make a $10 trillion investment over the next 10 years, or a $1 trillion investment per year, in infrastructure, both material and social, to take on the crises the nation is facing. In April, they released an explainer on Why $10 Trillion, expressing the need for legislation like the BUILD Green Act, the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, Clean Cars and Clean Transit for America, and more. This would also account for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey’s Civilian Climate Corps (CCC), a $132 billion investment over the next 5 years.

###

Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

World Leaders Must Commit to End Covid-19 Patents: Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus

Decrying the "brutally unequal global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines," Yunus wrote that "there is still time for world leaders to say never again."

Andrea Germanos ·


Addressing Crisis 'Existentially Imperiling' Its People, Vanuatu Declares Climate Emergency

"We are in danger now, not just in the future," said Prime Minister Bob Loughman.

Andrea Germanos ·


'Grotesque': Disgust as Trump Reads Names of Uvalde Victims at NRA Convention

Former President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were among those pushing a "good guys with guns" theory that "utterly failed" the latest victims of a mass shooting.

Andrea Germanos ·


Wall Street-Funded Democrat PAC to Spend $1 Million in Bid to Unseat Tlaib: Report

"Imagine spending $1 million to oust Rashida Tlaib instead of organizing in Detroit to make sure Michigan goes blue," quipped one progressive group.

Brett Wilkins ·


Parents Demand Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty 'For the Sake of the Children'

"We cannot remain silent as the fossil fuel industry and world leaders rob our children of a livable future," parents from 32 nations wrote in an open letter.

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo