NCLEJ’s Call to Our Next President

NCLEJ celebrates the democratic process that has resulted in voters selecting Joseph R. Biden to be America’s 46th President. We urge President-elect Biden to prioritize the following key issues during his first 100 days in office.

Over the past four years, the current administration has relentlessly attacked civil and human rights, furthering the marginalization and exclusion of marginalized and vulnerable communities – particularly Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, people with disabilities, immigrant communities, women, and LGBTQ+ persons.

The change in our federal administration will come at a critical moment when the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified existing systemic racism and inequities that pervade our country’s institutions and left marginalized communities more vulnerable than ever. The Trump administration’s negligence during the COVID-19 pandemic inflicted widespread and catastrophic public health and economic consequences for poor and working-class people, communities of color, and individuals with disabilities. Tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed, food insecure, and at imminent risk of losing their homes during a global pandemic as the current administration continues to attack the social safety net.

NCLEJ applauds this historic election and urges President-elect Biden to commit to advancing economic justice and combatting the marginalization of low-income individuals, communities of color, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups, as we continue our urgent work.