The collective sigh of relief in some parts of the country comes with a warning to refrain from believing that the work is done. A supporter of Joe Biden warned that, “the minute he is elected, we have to hit the streets and write letters as fast and furiously as we wrote postcards to get him elected.”
Under this administration, the government may be less openly hostile, but we will have to be equally engaged.
For many voters, the new administration is hardly a sigh of relief. For some, Biden is an “outdated option” and represents the lack of progress in American politics. The whispers of his behavior around women and his legendary gaffes are a turn-off to younger voters who are looking for something new in their elected officials.
So here are some things that progressives are advocating for:
- Staffing advocates that support “Medicare for All.” Biden has expressed expanding Obama Care with a public option.
- Requesting that Biden hire staff and appoint people who support the Green Deal.
- Building the progressive wing of the party into a voting bloc.
- Build a social justice caucus which is the left’s answer to the right’s Freedom caucus.
- Strategic fundraising and organizing that feels ethical and moves away from the corrupt style of Washington DC.
- Sophistication of a well-run campaign with a grass roots approach.
- Progressives don’t want to be a thorn in Biden’s side, but have already made it known that they will challenge him in 2024 if he doesn’t cater to the new “progressive caucus.”
The year is shaping up to be an interesting and exciting time. What can you do to help our Country to keep moving forward?
Kay Gimmestad, LCSW-C is a business coach and clinician in New York City with 20 years of experience working in the profit and not for profit sectors of Human Resources, Health and Human Services. She has built a reputation for being highly skilled in facilitating behavior change while working with employees, both individually and in groups, on matters relating to performance management, substance abuse, crisis intervention, and stress/wellness.