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Marginalized communities reply to Biden’s agenda for its first 100 days

Taxes and Economics

The Trump administration’s tax cuts have proven their worth prefer white people disproportionatelyBut Biden’s plans to reverse the Trump administration’s tax cuts could help mitigate some of the damage. The resetting of some of the tax cuts advocated by the GOP also falls under Biden’s larger ones proposed tax planThis would increase taxes for people who earn more than $ 400,000 a year. In particular, his plan for the economy includes additional opportunities for small businesses, home ownership opportunities for BIPOC communities, eradicating inequalities in agriculture, and increasing equity in management, training and higher education opportunities.

“The Biden government’s 100-day plan looks promising,” he said Dr. Michael McAfee, President and CEO of PolicyLink, an organization dedicated to eradicating poverty and creating a just economy. “President-elect Biden’s plan responds to certain flaws in our government institutions, but resolving those flaws will never make up for the fact that America’s institutions were not built to protect and support people of color. Until we remove anti-black racism from our political, economic, and legal systems, these decaying institutions will still harm color communities. “

McAfee said that Data compiled from PolicyLink and the USC Equity Research Institute showed that public policies focused on racial justice have a high return on investment and have the potential to help the more than 100 million Americans currently living with chronic financial insecurity.

“These individuals and their families need to be centered for the first 100 days and beyond,” said McAfee. “We look forward to working with the Biden Harris government to build a just and fair society in which all can participate, thrive and achieve [our] full potential. “

Biden has said addressing the racist wealth gap is also a top priority, and other Democrats have made some suggestions on what he can do on day one to get the process started. Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer has said Eliminating $ 10,000 student loan debt for borrowers is a possibility, but Biden hasn’t come straight out in his first 100 days and has agreed to do so. Still, the Democrats pushed for it.

“Biden-Harris can cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt, giving tens of millions of Americans immediate financial boost and helping to close the racial wealth gap. This is the most effective executive measure available for massive economic incentive. ” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

immigration

Biden’s immigration plan is arguably his most ambitious, with more than a dozen actions he plans to carry out, including reunion The more than 660 children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, halted deportations for 100 days, increased the number of refugees admitted in the country, and removed the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program Fully restored Obama era. and The End the Trump administration’s ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.

While many immigration advocates endorse many of Biden’s 100-Day Immigration Goals, they don’t see enough bold plans to address longstanding problems within the immigration system – many of them exacerbated by the Obama-Biden administration.

“Please correct me if I’m wrong, but Biden’s immigration priorities for the first 100 days are just a look back at what Trump did. Nothing bold, just back to the status quo? ” tweeted Julia Ricardo Valera, founder of Latino rebels. “Everyone in the immigrant rights community has raised serious concerns about this [Former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz] will play a huge role on Biden’s immigration team. You all told me to one person that this was only due to the Obama policies, which for many were still problematic. “

Biden’s immigration record was up sharply criticized of immigrant rights groups. More than 3 million people were deported during his tenure as Vice President. Biden said the Obama administration “I’ve made a mistake” by not adopting comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigration advocates say Biden will face an uphill battle when it comes to immigration, especially given the damage suffered after four years of Trump administration, which makes banning and restricting immigration from black and brown countries a top priority have made.

LGBTQ rights

In his first 100 days in office, Biden did too promised to exist Some laws aimed at eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ people, such as Equal Opportunities Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination against any person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by the Democrats in 2019 but has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Trump administration opposed the equality law, claiming it wouldundermine the rights of parents and of conscience. ” While many LGBTQ rights activists and groups support the decision to prioritize the Equality Act, there is are some questions about the likelihood that it will pass in the face of the severely partisan Senate. But with the Georgia Senate race scheduled for January, there is still hope.

President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect have spent their entire careers forging bipartisan coalitions to get bills through Congress, ”said Reggie Greer, LGBTQ engagement director for the Biden team, in one Interview with NBC. “They have relationships that help improve protection for LGBTQ + people in general.”

Biden’s transition team also includes a much more diverse team than the current administration. Shawn Skelly, co-founder of Out in National Security and the first open transgender veteran to be appointed to a presidential administration, was selected to serve on the Department of Defense advisory team.

Racial Relations and Criminal Justice

In June, after a series of violent police encounters with unarmed blacks, Biden said he was planning to create a national Police Oversight Commission Within his first 100 days in office, this would aim to reform police departments across the country.

Organizers who have advocated defusing police departments are pleased that Biden has taken some steps to address the problem, but also feel that his plan does not recognize where many of the problems lie. Biden has said several times that he does not support the defusion of the police.

“When politicians and leaders like Biden advance community policing and legitimacy as solutions to police violence aimed at restoring trust between police and communities, the history and structural realities of policing are missed,” said Philip McHarris. A senior research and policy contributor to the Community Resource Hub for Security and Accountability. “There has never been a time in history when the police have not been violent against black, poor and marginalized communities.”

Biden is still working to build trust in the communities that were harmed by the passage of the 1994 Federal Criminal Police Act, which he sponsored. The bill touched on almost every aspect of the criminal justice system. Biden has since called this bill a mistake. “

While Biden does not aim to address the root causes of police violence in its first 100 days, other organizers have recognized the importance of a president like Biden who will at least be open to discussion about how to improve policing in the community.

“I don’t see Biden as a savior, but I see him as an organizing goal that allows us to negotiate the terms of what it means to be here and build to create this land together.” Jessica Byrd, the founder of the Black Lives Movement’s suffrage project, said in an interview with Newsweek. Byrd also said she plans to hold Biden accountable for his 100-day agenda and make sure he keeps his promises.

After four years under the Trump administration, color communities have formed was traumatized by being permanent targets for his racist agenda. The president-elect has put forward detailed plans for dozens of other issues, including centering Indigenous communities, the AAPI community, Indian Americans, Jewish People and Muslim Communities, but these didn’t make it onto his 100-day agenda. Biden’s plan offers some relief to communities that have been ignored or harmed in recent years, but many are still excited to see what issues the president-elect will prioritize once he’s settled in his new office.

Carolyn Copeland is an editor and reporter for Prisma. It deals with racial justice and culture. Follow her on Twitter @Carolyn_Copes.

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