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For Immediate Release


Press Release

People's Action's Sulma Arias: Manchin Playing Politics, and Our Response Must Be Disciplined Organizing


People’s Action released the following statement by Executive Director Sulma Arias in response to remarks from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stating he would oppose taxes on corporations or climate provisions in new legislation:

“Millions of people poured their blood, sweat, and tears into the effort to take our country back from Trump and the corporations behind him. We did this because we want a country where we take care of each other and everyone from every race and background can get what they need to thrive. That vision includes climate justice for our communities. And we knew we could not get there while corporations and white nationalists had our government by the throat. 

"Now, using Senator Manchin as a mouthpiece, fossil fuel companies and corporate CEOs are saying that they should be exempt from the demands of the people who put Democrats into office. That’s unacceptable. And it’s clear Manchin will continue to go back and forth, playing politics rather than addressing what people need. 

“Our response must be to organize with new intensity and discipline and build a base so powerful that no one senator, no matter their party affiliation, can stand in the way of our people getting what they need."

“In the meantime, President Biden must use every tool at his disposal to curb carbon emissions.” 


People's Action builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.

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