Election 2020: Oxfam congratulates President Joe Biden

Now the hard work begins to make sure the US lives up to our ideals. Graphic: Sandy Stowe/Oxfam America

It’s time for us to get to work—and for the new administration to get the US back on track.

The American people have spoken. And now it’s time for the US to deliver on a bold new agenda.

“We must all come together—across political parties and physical borders—to tackle our biggest challenges, from COVID-19 to climate change, from inequality to injustice,” said Abby Maxman, president and CEO of Oxfam America. “Americans across the country have shown tremendous resilience during a pandemic that has brought so much hardship for many of us, dealing with the grim realities of lost jobs, lost loved ones, a health crisis, social distancing, virtual schooling, and social uprising.

"As we recommit ourselves to pursue climate, gender, racial, and economic justice in the United States and around the world, we must put on our masks, roll up our sleeves, and get to work.”

You voted like never before. But our work is not done.

Together we must hold the new administration and every elected official across the country to their word. Now the hard work begins to make sure the US lives up to our ideals.

Roughly 150 million people voted in this election. With every vote you made change happen. You held the candidates accountable, and everyone made their contribution. These are core values that inspire our work with people like you in the US and around the globe: empowerment, accountability, and inclusiveness.

President Biden has promised to build our country back better than it was before. Oxfam urges the new administration to quickly follow through on its campaign promises to work with Congress to enact a transformational COVID-19 recovery plan that puts an end to the pandemic, saves the economy, and tackles the root causes of economic inequality that have been severely exacerbated by this crisis.

Our priorities: A people’s vaccine, real economic recovery, and a global response to COVID-19

Specifically, we are calling on President Biden and Congress to:

  • Enact a people’s vaccine that is free and accessible to all, based on need not wealth.
  • Pass a multi-trillion-dollar economic recovery plan that challenges corporate power and invests in millions of dignified, green jobs for the people hardest hit by COVID-19, especially women and people of color.
  • Work in partnership with our allies to provide significant new funding and debt relief to the global fight against COVID-19.

After such a divisive moment in our history, we must all come together—across political parties and physical borders—to tackle our biggest challenges.

With your financial support, Oxfam will keep pushing hard and standing strong in our commitment to hold our newly-elected president accountable. At the same time, Oxfam will continue to collaborate with partners to alleviate hunger and poverty during the pandemic around the world.

Oxfam is providing soap and hygiene kits to keep people healthy and distributing cash assistance to ease the suffering the COVID-19 crisis is causing in hard-hit areas.

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