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DMO Supports the Creation of the DNC Disability Caucus

Members of the Democratic National Committee,

 

Democratic Municipal Officials stands in support of the proposal to transform the DNC Disability Council into a caucus.

The purpose of a membership caucus within the DNC is to provide an organized coalition for those who share an inherent or immutable trait. A DNC caucus would fulfill this role for the disability community.

The Democratic Party has always been a home for people who are marginalized because of their backgrounds. Transforming the Disability Council into a caucus will take us one step further as a Party towards ensuring that every American can expect a government that provides not mere equality, but true equity for its citizens.

DMO applauds the work of Representative Tony Coelho for his work chairing the DNC Disability Council. His work advocating for Americans with disabilities, in particular those with “invisible disabilities” which are not always readily apparent, is a testimony to his character and the values of the Democratic Party. We know that his work will continue as the DNC forms the Disability Caucus.

Sincerely,

Derek Green

Councilman At-large, Philadelphia, PA

DNC Executive Committee Member

President, Democratic Municipal Officials

DMO Announces Blue Star Candidates from Washington State

DMO is please to announce the following candidates from Washington state have been accredited Blue Star Candidate status.

  • Jennifer Gregerson in her race for Mukilteo Mayor
  • Dexter Borbe in his race for Bellevue Council Position 2
  • Adrienne Fraley-Monillas in her race for Edmonds Council Position 3
  • Karl DeJong in his race for Sedro Woolley Council
  • Zack Zappone in his race for Spokane Council, District 3
  • Jacquelyn Belock in her race for Cheney Council, Position 3
  • Danny Herrera in his race for Yakima Council, District 2
  • Krystal Marx in her race for Burien Council Position 7
  • Mohamed Egal in his race for SeaTac Council Position 4
  • Naghmana Sherazi in her race for Spokane Council, District 1
  • Nicole Thomas-Kennedy in her race for Seattle City Attorney

Happy Labor Day from DMO’s Labor Council

As city leaders, we know that good jobs mean stronger communities. Not only do fair wages put more money in your pocket, they help narrow the wealth gap between men and women, and between white Americans and Americans of color. And there is no price you can put on going to a workplace where you know you will be treated with respect.

This Labor Day, let us remember that each benefit, safety feature, and act of respect had to be fought for and won by workers who organized for our collective rights. You and I still reap the rewards of their struggles.

How can you continue to make sure all Americans enjoy the benefits of organized Labor?

  • Support the PRO Act by calling your Senators and urging their support.
  • Encourage your member of Congress to pass the full Infrastructure Bill.
  • Visit your local apprenticeship training centers and union shops to learn about their work and hear their stories.
  • Implement Community Workforce Agreements as part of local Labor projects.
  • Contact Nils.Robbins@NationalDMO.org to learn how to join the DMO Labor Council.

We especially want to thank the Labor organizations on our National Advisory Board who contribute to this work; the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of Teachers, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the United Auto Workers.

Whether at our roundtables, at rallies, or in refusing to cross a picket line, DMO serves as the bridge between our Democratic leaders and unions to keep our cities running powerfully, effectively, and inclusively. As a member of the DMO Labor Council, you can share updates from your state with national Labor leaders, learn about the national issues impacting workers’ rights in your community, and engage in roundtables that provide resources you can bring back to your city to build better jobs. If you would like to get involved in the DMO Labor Council, contact Nils Robbins at Nils.Robbins@NationalDMO.org.

Happy Labor Day,

Derek Green
DMO President
Philadelphia At-Large City Council Member

 

DMO State Chapter Chairs & Liaisons

Jesse Matthews Chair Council Member Bessemer Alabama
Lauren Kuby Liaison Council Member Tempe Arizona
D’Andre Jones Chair Council Member Fayetteville Arkansas
Kathy Webb Liaison City Director Little Rock Arkansas
Bob Blumenfield Chair Council Member Los Angeles California
Andrea Samson Chair Councilor Loveland Colorado
Wendy Davis Chair Commissioner Rome Georgia
Gilbert Villegas Chair Alderman Illinois Illinois
Jared Evans Liaison Councillor Indianapolis Indiana
Justin Shore Liaison Council Member Clearwater Kansas
Bill Hollander Liaison Council Member Louisville Kentucky
Denise Mitchell Chair Council Member College Park Maryland
Nicole LaChapelle Chair Mayor Easthampton Massachusetts
Angela Rogensues Chair Council Member Warren Michigan
Gary Hansen Chair Council Member Eagan Minnesota
Jon Engen Chair Mayor Missoula Montana
Stacie Anderson Liaison Council Member Missoula Montana
Chris James Chair Council Member East Orange New Jersey
Gill Sorg Liaison Councilor Las Cruces New Mexico
Judith Beville Chair Clerk Greenburgh New York
Ian Baltutis Chair Mayor Burlington North Carolina
Luke Feeney Chair Mayor Chillicothe Ohio
Matt Keating Liaison Councilor Eugene Oregon
Derek Green Chair At-Large Council Member Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Tameika Isaac Devine Chair Councilwoman Columbia South Carolina
Jim Shulman Chair Vice Mayor Nashville Tennessee
Brandon Jones Liaison Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Lewisville Texas
Michael Jones Liaison Council Member Richmond Virginia
Christopher Roberts Chair Council Member Shoreline Washington
Luke Fuszard Chair Alder Middleton Wisconsin
Erin O’Doherty Liaison Council Member Laramie Wyoming

 

DMO Statement on the Election of Liz Shuler as AFL-CIO President

DMO Statement on the Election of Liz Shuler as AFL-CIO President

DMO President Derek Green congratulates the new officers of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler as president and Fred Redmond as secretary-treasurer.  Accomplished labor leaders with deep experience, Ms. Shuler and Mr. Redmond are respectively the first woman and first Black top elected leaders of the United States’ largest and most diverse labor federation.

“Labor unions are essential for closing the wealth gap between men and women, and between white Americans and Americans of color, both groups who have been historically disadvantaged in the workplace. The election of President Schuler and Secretary-Treasurer Redmond shows that the AFL-CIO will continue to represent all workers in the modern economy, and meet the challenges presented by campaigns to deregulate safety standards, disenfranchise voters, and destroy the power of an organized workforce.”

Ms. Shuler has served as the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer since 2009 with the late President Richard Trumka.  She previously served as a distinguished leader of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), and among other accomplishments worked with a broad coalition of labor, community, and environmental organizations to stop Enron’s attempt to have the electric power utility industry in Oregon deregulated.

Mr. Redmond served as the International Vice President for Human Affairs of the USW (United Steelworkers), where his work included working with USW allies across the country in responding to attacks on voting rights and combating economic inequality.  He was recently elected President of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas.

More information on the background and achievements in the labor movement of Ms. Shuler and Mr. Redmond can be found here:  https://aflcio.org/press/releases/shuler-elected-afl-cio-president.

DMO is delighted to join President Biden, Vice President Harris, and other Democratic officials across the nation in welcoming the new elected leaders of the AFL-CIO.

Tameika Isaac Devine Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

Tameika Isaac Devine Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Tameika Isaac Devine a Blue Star Rising candidate as she campaigns for Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Tameika Isaac Devine?

Devine is a Board Member of Democratic Municipal Officials, selected for Blue Star Rising recognition due to her engagement and strong candidacy. She has a lasting record of working in the community, both as a member of the city council and acting as legal representative to those who are experiencing mental health issues. With Covid-19 revealing deep disparities when it comes to health, education and economics, Devine sees the mayor’s office as a place to bring about equitable solutions and serve the city she loves.

DMO President Emeritus and Detroit Councilman Scott Benson commented on Devine. “It is a joy to work with an elected official who truly loves her city. I know Tameika will passionately serve the people of Columbia, making sure no one is left behind.”

Tameika has a reputation in Columbia as a council member who gets things done. Her peers know her as the one constantly developing successful projects, and her constituents know her as the council member who listens. She is devoted to empowering Columbians, and is dedicated to rolling up her sleeves to make sure the work gets done well. 

Devine’s leadership is recognized nationally, as she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National League of Cities, the Board of Women in Municipal Government, as the Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and at DMO as the State Chair of the South Carolina Chapter. 

Why Does This Race Matter?

The next Mayor of Columbia must be prepared to step up and fill the shoes of the mayor of the past decade, former President of the US Conference of Mayors Steve Benjamin. Devine herself has two decades dedicated to Columbia on the city council, and is a leader at the National League of Cities. She represents not only an opportunity to make sure a Democrat takes the mayor’s office, but to ensure Columbia’s next mayor comes in with a proven track record of experience and the enduring support of the city.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Tameika Isaac Devine’s campaign or contribute you can visit https://devineformayor.com/.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Jesse.Maldonado@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

 

Wendy Davis Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

Wendy Davis Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Rome, GA Commissioner Wendy Davis a Blue Star Rising Candidate in her bid for United States Congress representing the 14th District of Georgia. Davis is a long time Board Member of DMO, and currently heads the Political Council to help bring tools and resources to other local officials running for office. Now she is seeking wider office to give Georgians the representation in Congress that they deserve.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Wendy Davis?

As Chair of DMO’s Political Council, Wendy has spearheaded the work of building our ranks of national level experts and service providers to make sure local Democrats win their next campaign. She approaches the work of DMO with a pragmatism and sensibility that ensures we can meet our goals and represent the interests of Democrats across every shade of blue. Wendy makes sure to advocate for and include a broad range of opinions, living her campaign motto, “Together we can thrive.”

DMO Treasurer and Savannah, GA Mayor Van Johnson said of Davis, “Wendy is a true Georgian, and I know she will represent the interests of everyone in the 14th District. She is dedicated to helping fellow DMOs win their elections, and her skill and insight on the campaign trail helped make my own campaign a success.”

As a city commissioner, Davis has always asked tough questions and sought innovative solutions. Indeed, Davis is conducting a listening tour of the district to hear from residents, both their needs and their ideas for the future. This was the kind of responsiveness and determination that Wendy brought to securing a professional baseball team that now calls Rome their home.

Davis is working to serve as a uniter in a district that has been exploited by politicians seeking division. She is a practical public leader, looking for natural solutions that give everyone the opportunity to succeed. Her time as a local elected official also guides her focus to everyday practicalities, like repairing roads and making sure small-town economies don’t fall behind as others prosper. 

Why Does This Race Matter?

The Congressional seat in the 14th District is currently held by Marjorie Taylor Greene. Greene has chosen to focus her attention on creating divisions and outrage rather than committing to the acts of service that improve life for people in northern Georgia. Wendy Davis embodies the kindness, work ethic, and sensibilities of Georgians, and will truly act on her constituents’ behalf when elected.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Wendy’s campaign or contribute you can visit https://wendyforus.com.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Jesse.Maldonado@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

 

Joe Buscaino Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

Joe Buscaino Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

 

The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Joe Buscaino a Blue Star Rising Candidate in his race for Mayor of Los Angeles, California. Joe is a past President of Democratic Municipal Officials and has previously served in multiple officer positions within the organization.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Joe Buscaino?

Buscaino’s journey with DMO showcases what can happen when local leaders engage with everything our organization has to offer. He was first invited to join by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who told Buscaino that DMO is a place where local elected Democrats could grow their skills and learn from the best in local politics. Buscaino spent his time at DMO building out his fundraising and leadership skills, developing his relationships with elected officials, national Party members, and business and labor leaders through DMO’s network. He is a strong contender in the race, having raised $818,000 in just three and a half months of campaigning.

DMO President and Philadelphia At-large Councilman Derek Green remarked on Buscaino’s run for the top seat in Los Angeles. “I have served with Joe as a Board Member of the Democratic Municipal Officials and the National League of Cities. As President of both of these organizations, Joe has demonstrated proven leadership to bring diverse constituencies together to achieve our goals. There’s a special camaraderie shared by those of us who have guided Democratic Municipal Officials as President. I know that Joe will bring the same passion, devotion, and care to the mayor’s office that he did when leading this organization.”

The focus of Buscaino’s campaign is addressing the everyday problems of Angelinos. The health of a city coming out of the worst pandemic of the 21st century, getting unhoused people off the streets, ensuring a city where everyone feels safe, and where those who work hard can afford a good life. He supports local business owners and industry, as well as environmental protections that safeguard the health of residents. He has a clear vision of an LA that works better for everyone, and a practical set of plans to achieve his goals. 

Buscaino is the immediate past President of the National League of Cities, where he served as President in 2020. Under his leadership, the National League of Cities spearheaded the campaign for federal aid to help support local governments’ funding during the pandemic. That campaign culminated in President Biden’s stimulus bill, which will provide Los Angeles with an estimated $2 billion in recovery funding.  

Why Does This Race Matter?

Whoever is elected as the next Mayor of Los Angeles will helm the second largest city in the nation. LA is grappling with many of the same policy issues other cities are facing, but on a considerable human and geographic scale. From homelessness to climate change to international trade, the next mayor will be expected to meet and set the example on cities’ 21st century challenges. Buscaino’s experience managing large organizations, network of problem solvers, and experience serving Los Angeles sets him poised to deal with the unique challenges facing Los Angeles.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Joe Buscaino’s campaign or contribute you can visit https://www.joebuscaino.com/.

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at Jesse.Maldonado@NationalDMO.org to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.

 

DMO Statement on the Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

The United States Senate just passed President Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal. This bill would bring much needed funding for local infrastructure projects across the United States. DMO President and Philadelphia At-Large Councilman Derek Green issued the following statement in response to the bill’s passage through the Senate.

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a major shift in how the federal government responds to local infrastructure needs. President Biden once again shows his commitment to towns and cities across the country by investing in public transportation, restoring our roads and bridges, and ensuring that every American has clean water to drink. As a local elected official, it is good to see a President who brings everyone to the table to solve our shared problems.”

The next step for the infrastructure act is for the House to pass the bill when they return from recess on September 20th. You can support the President by contacting your member of Congress urging them to pass the infrastructure bill. You can also voice your support for the bill on social media, tagging @NationalDMO so we can share your message with the White House.


FACT SHEET

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/07/28/fact-sheet-historic-bipartisan-infrastructure-deal/

This historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal:

  • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit
  • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak
  • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system
  • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history, replacing all of the nation’s lead pipes and delivering clean water to millions of families
  • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet
  • Helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history and electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country

TALKING POINTS: Details of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

  • Last month, the President stood with Democrats and Republicans at the White House to announce the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework – a bipartisan agreement to make the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.
  • Today, the President and the bipartisan group of Senators announced a deal on the details of that once-in-generation investment in our infrastructure, which will now be taken up in the Senate for consideration.
  • The policies agreed to will grow the economy, create good jobs, enhance our competitiveness, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just.
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will create good-paying, union jobs – with more than 80% of its funding covered by prevailing wage provisions that require the jobs created by it provide fair wages and benefits.
  • With the remainder of the President’s Build Back Better Agenda, these investments will add, on average, nearly 2 million jobs per year over the course of the decade, while accelerating America’s path to full employment and increasing labor force participation.
  • President Biden believes we must invest in our country and our people by creating good jobs, tackling the climate crisis, and sustaining equitable economic growth for decades to come. This deal will deliver progress towards those objectives for working families across the country.
  • This historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal:
    • Makes the largest federal investment in public transit
    • Makes the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak
    • Makes the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system
    • Makes the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history, replacing all of the nation’s lead pipes and delivering clean water to millions of families
    • Ensures every American has access to reliable high-speed internet
    • Helps us tackle the climate crisis by making the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in history and electrifying thousands of school and transit buses across the country
  • It is paid for through a combination of redirecting unspent emergency relief funds, targeted corporate user fees, the macroeconomic impact of infrastructure investment, and other bipartisan measures.
  • President Biden promised to work across the aisle to deliver results for working families, and today’s deal shows we can come together to position American workers, farmers, and businesses to compete and win in the 21s century.
  • The American people know this will be a game-changer for their lives and our economy, which is why you have seen broad, bipartisan support in numerous polls and a stream of endorsements from the nation’s governors, mayors, business leaders, and major labor unions.
  • President Biden pledged to be a President not for Blue States or Red States, but for all Americans. Families across the country have waited so long for these improvements in their lives. The President is proud of this deal, and he hopes the Senate moves on it quickly to pass it on the bipartisan basis, as well as continue to make progress on his Build Back Better Agenda.
  • And the American people strongly support it, including Republicans:
    • A new poll from YahooNews/YouGov shows 60% of Republicans support the framework.
  • This week, you saw the President travel to Wisconsin to keep actively making the case for this agreement and getting it over the finish line.
  • And he’s going to continue to make the case for his American Families Plan, which we’re also fighting to pass through the two-path approach and includes investments that are widely popular with the American people:
  • The President gave his word to support the Infrastructure Plan, and that’s what he intends to do. He is going to continue to work to see it pass as well as the Families Plan, because our country needs both.

Fact Sheet: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Advances President Biden’s Climate Agenda

Last month, the President stood with Democrats and Republicans to announce the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework – which makes the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century and is an important first investment to ensure the U.S. can tackle the climate crisis.

Last week, the President and Senators announced details of the historic investment, which includes historic components that will help combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and create good-paying, union jobs. From reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the transportation sector, replacing lead pipes to deliver clean drinking water, electrifying America’s power grid, and more, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal embeds key provisions that advance President Biden’s climate plan alongside his full Build Back Better Agenda.

President Biden promised to work across the aisle to deliver results for working families, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal demonstrates we can come together to take key steps towards building an economy and country that is more sustainable, resilient, and just – all while creating jobs, furthering environmental justice, and addressing climate change.

President Biden believes we must invest in our country and our people by creating good jobs, tackling the climate crisis, and sustaining equitable economic growth for decades to come. The deal – along with his Build Back Better Agenda – will deliver progress towards this vision for working families across the country.

Modernize Public Transit and Reduce Emissions

The transportation sector is the nation’s top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, which we must reduce to ensure we meet President Biden’s goals to create a net-zero economy by 2050. And, America’s transit infrastructure has a multi-billion dollar repair backlog with more than 24,000 buses, 5,000 rail cars, 200 stations, and thousands of miles of track, signals, and power systems in need of replacement. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal makes the largest investment in public transit in history and is the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak – helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions when repairing, upgrading, and modernizing the nation’s transit infrastructure. The bill invests $105 billion in new funding to improve healthy, sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans by modernizing and expanding transit and rail networks across the country. It will replace thousands of transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero emission vehicles.  And, it will benefit communities of color since these households are twice as likely to take public transportation and many of these communities lack sufficient public transit options. In addition, it will help transit workers who are disproportionally workers of color. Bus and transit workers are 31% Black and 19% Hispanic, compared to 12% and 18% respectively of the workforce overall.

Build Up EV Infrastructure

U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales is only one-third the size of the Chinese EV market. The President believes that must change. The bill invests $7.5 billion to build out the first-ever national network of EV chargers in the United States and is a critical element in the Biden-Harris Administration’s plan to accelerate the adoption of EVs to address the climate crisis and support domestic manufacturing jobs. The bill will provide funding for deployment of EV chargers along highway corridors to facilitate long-distance travel and within communities to provide convenient charging where people live, work, and shop.  Federal funding will have a particular focus on rural, disadvantaged, and hard-to-reach communities.

Electrify America’s Buses

American school buses play a critical role in expanding access to education, but they are also a significant source of pollution. The deal will deliver thousands of electric school buses nationwide, including in rural communities, helping school districts across the country buy clean, American-made, zero emission buses, and replace the yellow school bus fleet for America’s children. The deal invests $5 billion in zero and low emission school buses, in addition to more than $5 billion in funding for public transit agencies to adopt low- and no-emissions buses. These investments will drive demand for American-made batteries and vehicles, creating jobs and supporting domestic manufacturing, while also removing diesel buses from some of our most vulnerable communities. In addition, they will help the more than 25 million children and thousands of bus drivers who breathe polluted air on their rides to and from school. Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other health problems that hurt our communities and cause students to miss school, particularly in communities of color and Tribal communities.

Reduce Emissions Across Airports, Ports, and Waterways

The United States built modern aviation, but our airports lag far behind our competitors. According to some rankings, no U.S. airports rank in the top 25 of airports worldwide. Our ports and waterways need repair and reimagination too. The bill invests $17 billion in port infrastructure and $25 billion in airports to address repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions near ports and airports, and drive electrification and other low-carbon technologies. Modern, resilient, and sustainable port, airport, and freight infrastructure will support U.S. competitiveness by removing bottlenecks and expediting commerce and reduce the environmental impact on neighboring communities.

Strengthen Resilience

Millions of Americans feel the effects of climate change each year when their roads wash out, airport power goes down, or schools get flooded. Last year alone, the United States faced 22 extreme weather and climate-related disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each – a cumulative price tag of nearly $100 billion. People of color are more likely to live in areas most vulnerable to flooding and other climate change-related weather events. The deal makes our communities safer and our infrastructure more resilient to the impacts of climate change and cyber attacks, with an investment of roughly $50 billion. This includes funds to protect against droughts and floods, in addition to a major investment in weatherization. The bill is the largest investment in the resilience of physical and natural systems in American history.

Deliver Clean Drinking Water

Currently, up to 10 million American households and 400,000 schools and child care centers lack safe drinking water. The deal’s $55 billion investment represents the largest investment in clean drinking water in American history, including dedicated funding to replace lead service lines and the dangerous chemical PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl). It will replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines. From rural towns to struggling cities, the deal invests in water infrastructure across America, including in Tribal Nations and disadvantaged communities that need it most.

Address Legacy Pollution

In thousands of rural and urban communities around the country, hundreds of thousands of former industrial and energy sites are now idle – sources of blight and pollution. 26% of Black Americans and 29% of Hispanic Americans live within 3 miles of a Superfund site, a higher percentage than for Americans overall. Proximity to a Superfund site can lead to elevated levels of lead in children’s blood. The deal invests $21 billion in environmental remediation, making the largest investment in addressing the legacy pollution that harms the public health of communities and neighborhoods in American history, creating good-paying union jobs in hard-hit energy communities and advancing economic and environmental justice. The bill includes funds to clean up superfund and brownfield sites, reclaim abandoned mine land and cap orphaned gas wells.

Electrify America’s Power Infrastructure

As the recent Texas power outages demonstrated, our aging electric grid needs urgent modernization. A Department of Energy study found that power outages cost the U.S. economy up to $70 billion annually. The deal’s roughly $60 billion investment is the single largest investment in clean energy transmission in American history. It upgrades our power infrastructure, including by building thousands of miles of new, resilient transmission lines to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy. It creates a new Grid Deployment Authority, invests in research and development for advanced transmission and electricity distribution technologies, and promotes smart grid technologies that deliver flexibility and resilience. It invests in demonstration projects and research hubs for next generation technologies like advanced nuclear reactors, carbon capture, and clean hydrogen.

BUILD BACK BETTER AGENDA

Tackling the climate crisis and reaching President Biden’s goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 requires consistent action and historic investments in sustainable, resilient, and equitable infrastructure – and this deal is a critical step towards realizing these objectives.  But we know there is more work to do – to grow our economy, create jobs, reduce climate pollution, and ensure more Americans can participate fully and equally in our economy.

In addition to the bipartisan deal, President Biden is dedicated to fulfilling his entire vision to tackle the climate crisis – which includes advancing his full Build Back Better Agenda that will:

Create an energy efficiency and clean electricity standard to send a market signal that bring additional private investment off the sidelines and into modernizing America’s electric grid – a key step towards reaching President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035.

Extend and expand clean energy and EV tax credits for businesses and consumers to spur demand for domestic manufacturing, accelerate clean energy and EV deployment, and grow our capacity to build those technologies in the U.S.

Enlist a Civilian Climate Corps to put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolster community resilience, and advance environmental justice – all while paving the way for good-paying, union jobs.

DMO Resolution Supporting the LGBT Community and Celebrating Pride Month 2021

DMO Resolution Supporting the LGBT Community and Celebrating Pride Month 2021

WHEREAS, the 2015 Obergefell v Hodges Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage was a baseline for LGBT rights and not a finish line; and

WHEREAS, municipalities have often led on LGBT rights, including the prohibition of so called “conversion therapy” and establishment of anti-discrimination ordinances; and

WHEREAS, in 2017 the City of Philadelphia unveiled a new pride flag to recognize LGBT people of color, who often face unique perils as marginalized people; and

WHEREAS, the Human Rights Campaign publishes an annual Municipal Equality Index to further the work of local government in securing LGBT rights; and

WHEREAS, the first Pride was a reaction against police violence, and the LGBT community still faces heightened risk of discrimination from law enforcement and the legal system; and

WHEREAS, the “gay panic” defense for murder is still legal in 38 states; and

WHEREAS, state legislatures have introduced more than 100 anti-trans bills in 2021 alone; and

WHEREAS, these bills include bans from youth sports, prohibit using gender affirming facilities, and enact a duty for teachers to report instances of gender non-conformity, and

WHEREAS, more than half of trans teens report seriously considering suicide, and

WHEREAS, gender affirming care for trans youth dramatically reduces the risk of suicide, and

WHEREAS, the medical establishment’s consensus is that trans youth should receive gender affirming care;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, Democratic Municipal Officials celebrates Pride Month 2021, acknowledges the work municipalities have achieved in furthering LGBT rights, and recognizes the important work that still needs to be done.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, municipalities should ban the harmful practice of so called “conversion therapy”.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, wherever possible, municipalities should pass legislation promoting gender affirming care and enable trans youth to use the spaces that correspond to their identity.

DMO President Derek Green Statement on Juneteenth

DMO President Derek Green Statement on Juneteenth

“For over 150 years, the Black community has celebrated Juneteenth as the end of chattel slavery in the United States. I thank President Biden for recognizing June 19th as a federal holiday, formally marking its significance to our nation. Local elected Democrats across the country paved the way for this holiday with their own statements commemorating Juneteenth, and I applaud my fellow DMOs for their role in gaining this recognition. 

Juneteenth is a day of Black joy. But it is also a day when we acknowledge that the end of slavery was not the end of oppression for Black Americans and other people of color. Let us use this holiday to celebrate Black emancipation, Black enfranchisement, and the ongoing work of the Black community to secure the life, liberty, and joy promised to all Americans.”

Derek Green
At-Large Councilmember, Philadelphia, PA
President, Democratic Municipal Officials